The New York Steam Packet

The New York Steam Packet
31 Rose Street Lane North, Edinburgh, EH2 2NP
  • Telephone 0131 220 4825
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open every day.
  • Food served Tue–Thu 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 6–8pm/8.15–10.15pm.
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The New York Steam Packet

Relaxed, fun venue with a great value 3-course set menu and BYOB policy.

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Is alleyway chic a thing? Probably not. But who would have thought that turning down a dark side street, stumbling across cobbles and climbing a creaky old staircase would lead to a charming dining experience? Once you're inside New York Steam Packet the vibe changes completely: this restaurant is warm, friendly, and delightfully retro (for the décor, think 70s sailor bar meets 80s burger joint). There's no à la carte. Instead, there's a set three-course menu with starters including haggis balls and potato skins; New York-style burgers and sirloin steaks for mains; and a fairly standard dessert selection to finish (fudge cake, anyone?). If you're not three courses kind of hungry you can swap a course for a coffee or soft drink, but mind and nip to the shops if you're after something stronger: it's BYOB all the way at NYSP. This wallet-friendly venue has been around for decades, and it's easy to see its appeal – what it lacks in frills, it more than makes up for in atmosphere (alleyway aside).

The List's rating






Rebecca Monks visited The New York Steam Packet on 13 January 2018
  • High point: Budget friendly
  • Low point: Menu isn't extensive
  • Notable dish: Sirloin steak
  • Average price: £16.50 (set lunch); £16.50 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: American easy listening
  • Capacity: 34
  • Largest group: 34
  • Open since: 1972
  • BYOB: £1 per person corkage