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“It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This”
Review of York Street Cafe

York Street Cafe
Ranked #5 of 110 Restaurants in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, International
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Downtown Newport, Kentucky is an enigma: part modern, cool and hip; the other part a bit worn, reminiscent of the grand days when this are was flourishing. The location of York Street Cafe HS some of both, but the Cafe itself appears to be part of the renaissance of the North Newport area, and undoubtedly within a year or two this will be "the place to go" south of the Levee.

The food is exquisite. Our apps consisted of the blue gold salad (mesclun, yellow beets, blueberries, almond slivers, goat cheese and the most AMAZING homemade Gorgonzola dressing. Companion had a tray of shrimp grilled in some confection that included bacon and other naughties that she still raved about an hour after we left. We also had basket of wonderful whole grain bread with pats of butter.

Entrees were a 1/2 grilled chicken prepared with bacon, apple cider, and other ingredients, with sides of garlic potatoes and broccoli. And an encrusted tilapia smothered in spinach, artichokes and a cream cheese topping, with sides of rice and broccoli. Both entrees were perfectly prepared, with delicate but definite flavors that commanded the diners' respect without overpowering.

One dessert was wrapped for home: a slice of red velvet cake that satiated companion's sweet tooth.

The decor is terrific: a blend of antiques, kitsch, junk, and everything in between. Some is for sale, and next door is a mercantile where other similar jewels can apparently be bargained for. The owner's decision to convert a former old-fashioned pharmacy works well, especially since the lighting fixtures, bar area and other original decor is still in place.

Dinner for two with drinks, apps, entrees, one dessert, tax, and a very generous tip for Chris, who is the most charming and helpful waiter around, came to $100, with enough good food left over for a full dinner tomorrow night.

The York Street Cafe should continue to grow and blossom along with the rest of the downtown Newport area. Please, though, don't let it lose its charm, ambiance, and above all, amazing food.

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Thank Cedar58
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We eat out almost every night. This is one of our regular haunts... we can pop in for a fantastic 'catch of the day' - served fresh - beautiful presentation - or a gourmet salad, conversation board with a honey amaretto for dipping French bread with brie and fruit... makes my mouth water to think about it.

We always order 'dirty hummus' when we bring friends.. it's delicious and if you're nice to the server they will tell you how to make it! I make this for every 'fete to rave reviews.

Just go.. Relax.. and fall in love with this restaurant.

Thank Kranny115
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We love York Street for it's interesting menu, made in-house desserts and interesting decor. Always something to look at since the old pharmacy was transformed into a restaurant with interestingly odd collections throughout. Lovely outdoor patio hidden behind the building - good location for a romantic date. Chef will modify menu items to accomidiate vegetarian appetites. Friday and Saturday nights can be crowded, so get a reservation if possible. We typically go without a reservation and only have a short wait. Upstairs they have live music with a variety of artists playing all types of music.

This time, we just stopped in for drinks and dessert. As always, many of the desset selections are placed under glass on cake stands at the bar. All desserts and specials are written on a huge chalk board. York Street desserts are as good as any of the great local bakeries!!

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Thank Lynne K
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Celebrating my son's graduation from Law School, he selected this restaurant. Street parking. We arrived Saturday evening,at 7:30 and it took a few minutes for the receptionist to address us. The cafe was busy, nice variety of entree's, our server failed to point out specials. After we had ordered bottle of wine and appetizers, we noticed a large chalk board with a variety of specials that we would have loved to have been made aware of before we ordered :( The shrimp appetizer and humus appetizers were delicious. Between the 6 of us, we had Walleye (catch if the day) Vegan Cauliflower Steak, and Vienna Schnitzel. The food came out in a very reasonable amount of time. We found them all to be quite delicious and plenty of food. The gratuity was addd to the bill. $240 including tip (salad/potato not included). We would definitely return.

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Thank carolynjb330
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Four of us had four separate meals - steak, fish, pasta and 'cauliflower steak' (well, even vegetarians have to eat something, I suppose) - and a shared appetizer plate of Greek salad, tabouleh, baba ghanoush and hummus, and everyone was both very happy and sated. Staff was friendly without being intrusive, knowledgeable and efficient. Drinks came swiftly and the bartender puts together a damn fine Old Fashioned (no rye, just bourbon, but no one's perfect ...)

Noisy band put us off a bit when we pulled up, but it was upstairs - music was coming out the windows - and not at all a factor in the downstairs restaurant.

Simply excellent across the board.

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Thank maldonian
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