A Visit to Manhattan’s Churchill Tavern

History for Hungry Adventurers in the Flatiron District

Churchill Tavern on East 28 Street in Manhattan. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Churchill Tavern on East 28 Street in Manhattan. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

When, shortly after we place our food orders, one of the Youthful Adventurers returns from the restroom at Manhattan’s Churchill Tavern quoting Winston Churchill (whose recordings are apparently running on a continuous loop in the bathrooms), I begin to wonder whether taking the kids to a tavern counts as experiential learning. Remembrances of Churchill abound in this place, and the recordings in the restroom spark a conversation on famous quotations of leaders of the era and debates over whether Churchill or Franklin Roosevelt should be credited for especially well-known ones. This then leads to a round on Churchill and Roosevelt imitations and whether anyone with those particular accents could be elected in the United States today.

What starts as a simple quest for lunch for some hungry adventurers on a day trip in New York City turns into so much more thanks to the decor and theme of this particular tavern. Since none of us have been to England, we also chat about what we know about British food and its reputation. Our order of mushy peas doesn’t help everyone’s general conclusion.

I appreciate that there are vegetarian offerings along with standard pub fare. This place turns out to be a good choice for the younger adventurers and their parents.

Churchill Tavern, 45 East 28 Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, New York City 10016

—Lori Tripoli

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