The York

Stepping from forlorn street surroundings through the glass doors of The York is like stumbling into a hipster fantasyland. Inside, Highland Park locals down microbrews and upscale pub grub by moody lighting, with Radiohead and Pink Floyd on the jukebox. Early in the evening, crowds congregate in booths under huge chalkboard menus to sip beers along with dishes like beer-battered fish and chips and a premium burger amped up with harissa aioli. Later on, a younger demographic drifts to the bar area to enjoy . . . still more microbrews like Hobgoblin Ale and Saison Dupont. There's no table service -- you order food from gregarious bartenders, so while you're at it, chat them up to find a draught that's just your style. Beyond brews, there's a list of eclectically international and affordable wines by the glass, and cocktails like the Plum Crush and the tequila-based Paloma from the full bar.

sweet seats

If you're just stopping in for a drink, belly up to the long bar. Settling in for the evening? The booths under the huge blackboards are a great spot to make new friends as you check out the menu. Either way, expect to use your outside voice.

chew on this

The space used to be a Chinese restaurant called The Dragon, then a bar called the Wild Hare before being stripped to its gritty bones and redesigned as The York . . . partly thanks to cash from a silent partner whose day job is playing guitar with Morrissey. The bar plays host to live music on Sundays (anything from jazz to singer-songwriters).


daily 3 PM-2 AM
brunch: Sat. and Sun. 10:30 AM-2:30 PM

price range

$9 (truffle grilled cheese with tomato salad) to $17 (steak and fries with roasted garlic demi-glace)