Ousting the notion that American fare is no more than a greasy pairing of burger and fries is Far Rockaway, an eatery that has just popped up in Shoreditch.
Inspired by the Queens, New York resort of the same name that flourished in the Fifties, this London restaurant and bar caters to those with a fetish for Americana delights, albeit those with a slightly more sophisticated palate than bland diner dishes.
Far Rockaway offers a range of New York bar menu items, encouraging visitors to tuck into hefty servings of spit-roasted organic chicken, slow-roasted baby back cola ribs and pulled five-spice duck. Pizza by the slice (as is the Big Apple’s tradition) and decadent knickerbocker glory desserts are also available.
Disregarding the typical, scantily-clad approach to design, Far Rockaway also functions as a gallery of sorts. Its walls are adorned with a scrapbook of works by notable street artists, a collection of skateboard decks and an evolving exhibition of hung artworks. Appealing to those who thirst for a side of entertainment with their after-work drinks, Far Rockaway also houses a resident DJ, regular theme and games nights, as well as a 4000-strong library of DC and Marvel comic books.
Far Rockaway; 97-113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS