Could be a real great place...
I've lived in Highland Park for a long time and have been dying for a good neighborhood bar that I could go to with my friends or family. The York almost lives up to my expectations. I've been there at least 10 times (it's 4 blocks from where I live) and I've had the same experience ever time.
First the good: Like others have said, the decor and design of The York is excellent. Floor to ceiling windows facing the street, a beautiful, well crafted, bar, and perfect lighting really make the place feel inviting and hip.
Now the bad. The service is horrible. Just horrible. The bartenders didn't know what a lager beer was when I asked and one time I had to wait 10 minutes to get their attention and there was only 7 people sitting at the bar and two bar tenders. Also... the food is way overpriced and the portions are tiny. $9.00 for a grilled cheese? Really?
Don't go until they improve the service and bring down the prices to a Highland Park level, which I hope is soon because we really need this place to work.