RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)
We went to York Street Cafe in Newport last night for dinner. We had planned to eat dinner and then go upstairs to hear a big band that plays there a couple of Saturday nights each month. I've been to York Street Cafe several times, and always liked the food though it can be on the pricey side. We had the special appetizer which was a heaping bowl of mussels in a garlic wine broth. It was $10.00 and there were enough mussels for us to split it, so it was a good deal. They were fresh and delicious. They came with a few slices of crusty bread so you could sop up some of the broth...yummy. Bill's dinner of the Mediterranean "Conversation Board" was like a mezze platter with hummus, taboulleh, spanikopita, and baba gannoush. Unfortunately the spanikopita was soggy and kind of tasteless, and the smokey flavor of the baba gannoush tasted artificial. Nothing else was particularly remarkable. I had the Amish Chicken stuffed with applewood cured bacon and grogonzola. I've had this before and it was as tasty as ever. It came with garlic mashed potatoes and some over-steamed broccoli and zucchini. Our server, for some illogical reason, seemed to be handling two tables up front (one of which was ours) and most of the outside seating in the back. We rarely saw her and , when we did, she avoided eye contact, because she had stuff going on in back. It took forever to get our food. She blamed it on the kitchen but we saw folks around us who came later getting served before we did. We got upstairs later than we had planned and missed some of the show.
The big band, Swingtime was really good, very tight, with a large repertoire of swing, jazz, and standards. The cover charge was $8.00 per person and well worth it. They played from 7:30 to 11:00. You can dance if you want to.
Next time we go, we'll probably eat somewhere else. Between the expense and the service, it wasn't worth the aggravation.