Web Site: http://www.myersofkeswick.com/Home.html
Greenwich Village, particularly the West Village, is one of my favorite parts of the city. Filled with odd curio shops and specialty stores, it’s a fun place to shop when you need to buy something as a gift for a friend with very discerning tastes. One of the places I encountered recently that I think epitomizes sort of the “Wow, I didn’t know they had a place like this in New York” feeling of the West Village is Myers of Keswick, which is a British-stlye shop and grocery store that looks like it got ripped out of the middle of central London.
Myers of Keswick Storefront, at 634 Hudson Street.
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As if there was any doubt this place was truly British, observe the flag.
If you’re looking for any kind of specialized grocery product of British origin, be it snacks, soft drinks, biscuits, jellies, teas, canned goods, chances are that Myers of Keswick has it.
This is a very dangerous place for me to be walking around in. In the back of the store you can see that Myers has a very large selection of British Teas — high end stuff as well as the working class “Builders Tea” brands that are difficult to find in the United States. Myers even had several brands of tea that I was unable to find in London at the local Sainsbury’s stores, when I was there in March of 2007.
Here’s where you get into really big trouble if you are on a diet — Cornish Pasties and Pies. My willpower completely broke down here — I had a small pork with stilton cheese pie. It was… orgasmic. I usually don’t associate “British” with “Orgasm” but that’s about the only words I can come up with.