British food gets a bad rap in the states; most Americans think of beige, soggy fried foods with strange-sounding names when they think of English grub. This sterotype is largely unfair, and all the more reason New Yorkers need to get out and experience Anglo dishes like golden-battered fish, deep-fried Scotch eggs, and glorious meat pies.

Even if you’ve already been, chef April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig gastropub deserves a second (and third and fourth) visit. If you’re not feeling the big-name British chef thing, there’s a handful of cozy neighborhood pubs with solid British beer selections and impeccable bar food. If you have yet to experienced NYC’s British dining scene, it’s time to get your spotted dick and mushy peas on.

Here are our five favorite British pubs and restaurants in NYC.