York has many lovely restaurants and being a bit of a foodie I have tried many of them myself, with friends, family and most often, my boyfriend. Going out for food is a fantastic way to catch up with friends or just to unwind after a stressful term.
Missoula Montana Bar & Grill has been a firm favourite of mine since visiting in my first year for a Valentine’s meal. It is a vibrant restaurant which offers excellent food and great service in a stylish setting. With great views across the river it is well-worth asking for a table by the window to really appreciate it. With 2 for 1 cocktails (and a Porn Star Martini so heavenly you’ll need two) you can’t really go wrong!
Delrio’s restaurant offers divine home-cooked Italian food in the quaintest of cellars just a stone’s throw from York railway station. With an extensive menu you’ll have a hard time choosing but I’ve never been let down. Apart from the lovely staff, the atmosphere there is what really makes the experience, although I’d recommend booking a table as this amazing place is definitely not a secret!
For the more adventurous, Oshibi, situated on Fossgate, is a little Korean bistro and BBQ. I would highly recommend going for the BBQ option. The staff are very friendly and provide help to those new to cooking their own meat in a restaurant! For a fun and novel dining experience Oshibi is definitely the way to go – I absolutely recommend trying the Beef Bulgogi.
Bicis Y Más is a lovely place to while away an afternoon catching up with a friend, or the perfect spot to visit alone and get on with that work you’ve been putting off. This vegetarian café is mixed with a bike shop, offering a very unique atmosphere. The menu is ever changing, but the vegetarian breakfast is something I have returned for multiple times. ( I would also recommend this café to non-vegetarians: not being vegetarian myself I can attest to the fact it can be enjoyed by all!) The smashed avocado on toast is also one of the best I’ve tried.
El Piano is a very quaint and well priced vegan café which offers locally-sourced, delicious dishes in a very homely environment. Perfect to stop off at whilst visiting the city, it offers a break from the crowds. With a menu which is easily adapted to suit your own tastes (such as making up your own plate) El Piano can please everyone!
These cafés and restaurants contribute to making York a fabulous place to live and study and I absolutely recommend checking out one on a visit day to the University!