I was perusing Facebook when I saw a friend post about bartending at Northside Yacht Club (often stylized as NSYC, which awesomely looks like NSYNC). We were hungry and wanted a couple of drinks, so we decided to check out the new bar and grill (and concert venue) in the former Mayday space, which was — once upon a time — the Northside Electric Company, and experienced severe flooding in 1937.
Enter Northside Yacht Club and its quaint, nautical theme, which features a beach scene at its exterior.
Inside, NSYC featured bar seating and booth seating; craft beer and cocktails; great service; and an intriguing (albeit small) menu, with food creations by Ryan Whitcomb, former chef at Nuvo, Dilly Deli, and Local 127. We agreed that the House Cincinnati Chili Cheese Fries sounded great, but we ended up ordering Poutine (fresh cut fries with duck fat gravy, Wisconsin cheese curds, and scallions), House Short Rib Grilled Cheese (86 the arugula), and six House Smoked Wings with cilantro honey lime sauce on the side. To drink, BK got Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (because of course he did) and I got the Banana Daiquiri served in a tiki mug because Labor Day is approaching and I will keep a strangle hold on summer if I have to.
Photos (clockwise from top left): House Short Rib Grilled Cheese, House Smoked Wings, Poutine, and Banana Daiquiri served in a tiki mug
The Poutine was good. The duck fat gravy was awesome and the cheese curds were also delicious. We both really loved the wings and, although I don’t prefer smoked wings, they were also crispy and delicious and, even though I’m not in love with cilantro, the cilantro honey lime sauce was great. The standout of my meal, I will say, was the House Short Rib Grilled Cheese. It was as awesome as it sounds.
The fantastic service, delicious food, solid drinks, and overall great ambiance (outdoor seating!) made for a really great first experience. Cincinnati is lucky to have NSYC on board (no pun intended).