As a global sightseeing destination home to plenty of iconic tourist landmarks, you’d be right in thinking that York boasts many benefits that come from being such a cultural hotbed. Featuring eateries to cater for all kinds of cuisines and tastes, the city has pretty much everything for the budding foodie.
Adopted local Joel Draba-Mann takes a look at ten of York’s brightest and best eating spots, for a variety of budgets.
Brew & Brownie
A brilliantly rustic eatery perfect for a late lunch. The American-style pancake stacks are a must for anyone looking to extend their wasteline, as is the wondrous selection of artisan breads. This brunch bar is aimed at the hip and the quirky while retaining a welcoming atmosphere. Although the menu is small, it’s very reasonably priced considering its central location.
5 Museum Street, YO1 7DT (01904 647420, Website)
A Spanish fiesta in the heart of York! Renowned for its specialisation in sherry and sangria, this small tapas bar is located just off the main tourist area of the city. Portion sizes are great for the price and there’s a fantastic selection of both classics and the more adventurous elements. Build your own unique meal from the large gastronomic selection. The restaurant also runs a great ‘Introduction to Tapas” set menu for all you newbies out there.
14 Goodramgate, YO1 7LQ (01904 689784, Website)
A cosy little place specialising in vegetarian and vegan food that’ll please even the most hardline of carnivores. The cuisine is excellent, especially the portobello burger with smoked tofu. A large menu and a unique specials board will leave you spoilt for choice. It also doubles up as an exotic tea-room during the day if you fancy dropping in for a cake and a cuppa.
36 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF (01904 622614, Website)
As the name suggests, this is a more centrally located twin of the original Melton’s restaurant. Set in a 17th century building, the bistro specialises in mixing classic British food with more exotic elements from the European mainland. The whole menu is locally sourced and homemade and also features a fantastic range of brews and beers. Reasonably priced to boot, you can eat for under £7 if you pop in before 7PM.
25 Walmgate, YO1 9TX (01904 629222, Website)
A delightful family run Italian restaurant snuggly situated on the offshoot of the city centre. Offering gourmet cuisine (pictured above) for the most discerning of tastes, this little place benefits from retaining its welcoming, family-run core. Downstairs is a well-stocked deli offering up many Italian classics. Boasting first-rate service and run by passionate food lovers, it’s a great slice of Italy hidden away in North Yorkshire.
12 Goodramgate, YO1 7LQ (01904 623539, Website)
A cosy bistro with a hearty atmosphere, this is a firm favourite of the after-work scene. Serving classic dishes for a European palate, this establishment also runs a handy delivery service for takeout lunches, as well as offering evening catering courses and cookery classes for those looking to enhance their own talents.
8 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ 01904 653074, Website)
Despite being a very recent opening within the York scene, Korean bistro Oshibi has gained a strong following and has seen a meteoric rise in reputation. The menu caters for both the Korean cuisine novice and the expert and features such classics as Bibimbap (white rice and sauteed veg) and Sundubu Jjigae (spicy tofu and seafood soup, served while still boiling)
9 Fossgate, YO1 9TN (01904 593649, Website)
Sporting an unrivalled reputation for quality, this up-market restaurant is arguably the finest Indian/Bangladeshi eatery in the city. Located on the culturally popular Fossgate, the restaurant mixes formal dining with friendly and welcoming service. There’s reasonably sized portions and truly delicious food, featuring many of the classic Indian dishes as well as more unique elements for the adventurous among you.
47 Fossgate, YO1 9TF 01904 654155, Website)
The Rustique in question here is the original Castlegate establishment. Building on their burgeoning reputation, the French eatery’s owners opened a second branch in a more central location (Lendal). This vibrant, upbeat bistro specialises in using local ingredients in a traditionally rustic way. A large meat and fish menu is complemented, as you’d expect, by a great wine list. The Lendal branch of the Rustique family is a stylish bar, and great if you fancy late afternoon drinks and snacks.
28 Castlegate, YO1 9RP (01904 612744, Website)
Oxo’s on the Mount
Situated in the highly-upmarket Mount Royale Hotel, this very formal restaurant aims to prepare food simply, putting the focus on taste and presentation. It’s a place for those special occasions. The wild sea trout is a particular favourite and the chef is also well renowned for steak specialisation.
The Mount Royale Hotel, YO24 1GU (01904 628856, Website)