There are pieces, here and there, of Britain in New York, from a delicious fish and chips shop to proper tea to a decent curry.
Economy Candy is a Lower East Side Candyland, complete with British candy bars like Lion, licorice, chocolates, peppermints, Lemonheads, mary janes, and odds and ends like Turkish pistachios by the pound.
This tiny tearoom is Nicky Perry's ode to Blighty, with all the fixings: bangers and mash, black pudding, shepherd's pie, Welsh rarebit, roast beef, scones, banoffee and more.
Carry On has a good sense of humor about itself, from mini figurines of the royal family to their t-shirts and Union Jack paraphernalia, but the main draw here is serious British snacking. Biscuits like McVitie's Digestives, cereals like Weetabix and drinks (like my particular favorite blackcurrant syrup for mixing, Ribena) are available online or at the store.They also have all the usual boxed tea like PG Tips and Tetley, as well as their own excellent Tea & Sympathy teas.
Whatever British sweets your heart should fancy, you'll most likely find them here, from my personal favorite, Jelly Babies, to Maltesers, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Curly Wurly, Lion or Fruit Pastilles. They also sell bangers and pork pies, tea and various sundries.
Kalustyan's has been invaluable to me in providing spices and ingredients for Indian, Indonesian, Persian, and even Korean cooking. You can get a proper marmalade, chutney, lime pickle, or box of Typhoon here. I get Persian sour limes, bulgogi bbq spices, and my favorite Applewood Smoked Salt, which can make a vegetarian dish taste like the South incarnate. There's a cafe upstairs for quick South Asian noshes. Don't forget to buy some bitters for tonight's cocktails.
Fish and chips are Britain's fried chicken -- fatty, fried, cheap, omnipresent and plebeian. But not many places in the States do a good job of it, and few places satisfy like A Salt & Battery, with its crispy, perfect batter giving way to tender fish inside, served piping hot with malt vinegar.
It's pricey, and the waits are long. So why head to the Breslin? Well, it's conveniently located in the Ace Hotel if you are staying there, and its snout-to-tail approach is beloved by Bloomfield fans. I like it for an occasional Scotch egg, full English breakfast, blood sausage or a Pimm's.