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York Trading & Co
28 York St, Sydney

York Trading Co Bar, Sydney

Sitting opposite Mojo Record bar on York Street, this narrow property takes in name from both its address and New York inspired theme. A long narrow bar stretches down the opening length, with a standing room 'cattle rail' opposite to create flow and space. The emphasis is American style with whiskey, bourbon, some wines and new interpretations of classic cocktails.

The food on offer is more varied than your typical bar fare. Expect to see the usuals like cheese ($17) or salami plates ($15) but beyond that are meatballs ($15), smoked eel ($14) right through to main-sized pasta dishes ($22-$26). The food is well made and tasty but the portions are typically small, especially for the price. Throw in some side dishes and a meal for two will test the $100 barrier, excluding drinks.

Naturally youíll be tempted by the wine and cocktail options. Sparkling wine by the glass starts with a Prosecco ($10) up to Gosset ($25) but a lack of information on the menu including year and vintage status will require a lot of questions for the staff before you settle on the right one. Similarly for the glasses of white ($9-13), red ($9-13) and rose ($10). Over on the cocktail list are some in-house variants on the cosmo (afterall, this is a New York themed bar) featuring Ketel One citron, blood orange liqueur and home-made cranberry & orange blossom soda, served tall. Itís great on a warm Sydney evening but feels a little clumsy compared to the traditional way of serving of a cosmo in a martini glass.

In brief: York Trading & Co
Best things: Light, airy and compact.
Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends, dates
Date tip: Head to the back and bar hang on the side or grab a nearby seat. Fridays can be cramped.
Gripe: Lack of information on the wine menu, specifically vintage status and year.
Rating: 6/10

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Last updated: August 2017
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