After a miscellany of incarnations since the building's assembly in the late 1880s, York Street Café in Newport billets a first floor restaurant, second floor lounge, third floor art gallery, and fourth floor art studio. If the weather cooperates, loaf on the garden patio for lunch and share a Swiss Fondue or Mediterranean conversation platter with a friend ($18). The homey interior cuddles the dining area with bookshelves rife with treatises and doohickeys. Settle in for dinner, peek at the wine list, and warm your insides with modern comfort food like vegan polenta packed with sautéed vegetables and pumpkin seeds ($18-$23) or a sandwich supplied with a side of homemade green bean casserole ($12). York Street Café regularly schedules live entertainment for a complete night out.
In addition to attending culinary school, owner Angela Gallo achieved the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Fusing military efficiency with an unmistakable passion for pastries, Angela has succeeded in developing a potent arsenal of baked goods that will barrage your taste buds into smile-induced surrender. Three Tiers carries a stockpile of standard-sized cupcakes ($1.95) as well as minis ($0.95, by order only) that come in scrumptious flavors like buttermilk with white-chocolate buttercream icing, and vanilla with caramel buttercream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and toasted coconut. Using only the freshest ingredients and imported Belgian chocolate, Three Tiers will be happy to bake expertly crafted creations for your special occasion, like a deliciously verbalized Scrabble board cake or an almost-too-cute-to-eat ladybug cake that will come to life if you allow tears to land on it.
Brewing a good cup is an art form, and Mrs. Teapots has some of the best leaf-steepers in Northern Kentucky. Try sweet or fruity teas such as Bavarian chocolate crème, Forever Yours almond amaretto, and peach apricot, or sip a simple Earl Grey. High-strung leaf drinkers can mellow out with decaf offerings or try whatever unusual brews were just added to Mrs. Teapots carefully curated selection of domestic and imported leaves. One of Mrs. Teapots' friendly servers can help you choose an electrifyingly tranquil tea that dances upon your tongue and steams down your throat to warm you from core to crust.
Riders steep in a fairy-tale atmosphere as they ogle historical 19th-century byways from Elegant Carriage's exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Couples climb aboard an open-air carriage to pose for a picture, putting on their best kissy faces to yield a print ideal for placing in a scrapbook or mailing to an old driving-school flame. Then, dapper equestrian enthusiasts maneuver through the streets of MainStrasse Village as charges gaze at the Old-World décor of the restored German neighborhood. Sleekly groomed steeds clip and clop along cobblestone walkways as they move along the route, which is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises. As patrons canoodle in the carriage and sip on champagne brought from home, they clutch a single rose that symbolizes everlasting love and pick from a box of Godiva chocolates, which represents Cupid's hatred of gummy worms.
Setting up shop in a formerly run-down launderette, Lavomatic Cafe provides an opportunity to dine on hearty fare without attracting uncomfortable leers from surrounding shirt-folders. Charming exposed pipes and soft tones accentuate Lavomatic’s décor, which creates a perfect setting for sampling the establishment’s well-stocked wine bar. The menu offers a modest yet satisfying selection of comforting classics with a twist, like when grandma gets tipsy and mixes acids with bases. Start with small bites such as tater tots with chives, cheddar, parmesan, and ranch ($7.33). Warm up with tomato bisque ($5.35) or a fish sandwich with gruyere on an onion bun ($9.40). Refresh the palate with a fusion of flavors thanks to the pesto penne with kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and tomato confit ($15.16) or smoked pork chops with Sheltowee Farm mushrooms and red wine caramel ($20.47). Sharable sides such as cornbread ($2.92) and onion straws ($3.64) are also available.
Giminetti Baking Company epitomizes oven loving with a crop of toasty sandwiches, fresh-baked buns, and yeasty edibles. A fluffy stack of syrup-drenched pancakes ($3.95 for stack of three) challenges forks and pancake-climbing army men, and brownies ($2 each), white-chocolate macadamia-nut cookies ($0.75 each), and monstrous Danishes ($1.50 each) complement freshly brewed coffee ($1.50). For midday meals, the Vedgewich ($5.50)—two slices of multigrain rustica bread piled high with sprouts, bell peppers, grilled onions, and horseradish mayo—crunches under teeth and silences stomachs whimpering for one of their daily servings of vegetables. Dine inside or saddle up to two- and four-seat outdoor patio tables, which encourage impromptu games of Uno with sun-warmed stray cats. Open six days a week and as early as 7 a.m. on weekdays, Giminetti Baking Company offers a doughy start to the day, a speedy handheld lunch, or a savory solution to the sluggish 12 p.m. slump.
Taste of Belgium follows an authentic family recipe to make its waffles out of thick dough and coarse Belgian beet sugar. A specialized cast-iron press then crushes the dough into its distinctive waffle shape and caramelizes the sugar in the process. This gives the waffle a rich vanilla flavor and a delightful sweetness that doesn't require syrup. As such, you can eat waffles on the go without plates, forks, or Catholic guilt.