Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the Upland South with today’s deal. For $25, get $50 worth of fare and drinks at York Street Café.
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.
York Street Cafe
In the late 1880s, a four-story, Queen Anne-style structure was built on the corner of York and West 8th. The Feth Building, as it was originally known, housed a pharmacy and a bank for decades. Those days are long passed, but while horses no longer pull carriages down streets and the president no longer high fives everyone on their birthday, the historic building still makes its visitors feel better. Just now, the prescriptions are in the form of spanakopita and filet mignon.
The York Street Cafe has occupied the building's first floor since 1997, treating diners to seasonal dishes such as stuffed poblanos with black beans and spinach or Asian-spiced ribs. Its cozy dining room and verdant patio makes an ideal place to share a romantic meal, perhaps one of the aptly named conversation boards. For these, chefs assemble a seasonal selection of items, such as the Brie En Croute: brie baked in a puff pastry and served with with amaretto sauce, toasted almonds, fresh fruit, and a baguette. Visitors should plan on exploring the building before or after the meal, since art and entertainment have taken over the other floors. Musicians often perform and record on the second floor lounge, and artists use the third floor as a gallery space.