On Tuesday night I went to The York, a new gastropub at 5018 York Blvd. in Mt. Washington, near Eagle Rock. Pretty easy to get to from the 110/Pasadena Freeway.
The place was great. I had a cheddar burger and fries and several beers (ranging from local Pasadena brews to more exotic European fare) on tap. They had a small but excellent wine selection as well and a nice menu for a gastropub. The cheddar burger was perfectly cooked (when I say medium rare I often expect to get medium, but it was really medium rare!) on a delicious bun and with great hand-cut fries. Friends had the friend bread appetizer (good) and fish and chips (good).
The ambiance inside was nice - music not too loud, lighting not too dark, and trendy without being pompous. We stayed for hours. You can sit at the bar in the middle of the restaurant, along raised tables along one wall, at rectangular tables along another wall, or in some big comfy leather booths in the back on the left.
A few quirky details: they don't have any menus, but instead have everything written on a few huge chalk boards on the wall. This seemed to me like an annoying affectation that they will inevitably have to abandon because if you are sitting in a booth, it is a pain for everyone to get up to look at the wall. There also are no waiters, so you order and pay at the bar. It wasn't too crowded on Tuesday, but I can imagine that on a weekend it might be a struggle. Hate to sound snobby, but real gastropubs in the U.K. usually have waiters. It is especially annoying if you need something (I wanted mayo with those fries, mate!) to have to go the bar. I just walked back to the kitchen, but you shouldn't have to, you know?
One final note - the guy at the bar was happy to split our bill into four for our four credit cards, which was appreciated. Hope they can keep that up.
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