Breathing in the authentic ambience, sipping a glass of opulent red wine and gently swaying to the soothing rhythm of Frank Sinatra’s timeless, beautiful melodies, it suddenly dawned on me that I no longer felt that I was sat in a humble abode at the heart of Liverpool. I somehow felt as though I’d been transported to one of New York’s typical weekend joints, alive with that vibrant Friday night electricity. Jovial habitués and passionate staff alluded to the fact that Manhattan Bar and Grill was the perfect spot for a weekend wind-down.
My partner and I are both great lovers of one off treasures; those restaurants that feel as though they have been moulded exclusively for you. So, we were both delighted to discover Manhattan Bar and Grill. Fittingly decorated with images of Manhattan’s iconic skyline, alluring mood lighting and candles, the neat cellar that is Liverpool’s newest bar and grill has been perfectly transformed to provide yet another gorgeous nightlife venue for the people of Liverpool to cherish.
We were instantly greeted by Jess, our waitress for the evening. Keen to show us to our table and to offer us some drinks, Jess was so warm and welcoming that we felt as though we had not only met our waitress, but also our friend for the evening. We decided to order a bottle of red wine, as this was recommended by management as a favourite amongst regulars. We were both offered a taste of the wine before a full glass was poured for us, which only served to add to the authenticity of our dining experience. Such a simple touch is often overlooked, and yet it really does make such a difference to the memory of the evening. The wine was fragrant, alive with pungent flavours of grape and cherry and went down a treat.
Upon scrutinising the menu and agreeing that it was full of diverse and intriguing options, my partner and I decided to order three courses and to take our taste buds on a true American journey. My partner ordered the pate to start, which arrived in generous portion accompanied by fresh toast and a crisp side salad. It was delicious, boasting delectable flavours which were perfectly complimented by the red wine. I decided to order the prawn cocktail, which was by far the largest and most delicious I had ever eaten. The fresh prawns were perfectly coated in a unique Rosemarie sauce, and were clearly prepared by a chef who took pride in presentation.
As we were visiting such an authentic grill, we decided that it was somewhat obligatory to treat ourselves to a hearty helping of steak. In fact, it would be rude not to. My partner opted for the New York Strip; a slab of the most tender steak cooked rare (his idea of perfection) with triple cooked, hand cut chips and a side of Manhattan’s specialist Buffalo sauce. I decided to try the no-fat steak, also undercooked to perfection and accompanied by the most satisfying chips and salad. We agreed that our steak was simply divine, and that we would certainly be returning for more. I ate most of my partner’s Buffalo sauce, as it truly was delicious. I would certainly recommend that future diners make a point of ordering a pot to accompany their meal!
We kindly requested that Jess give us a break between our mains and our dessert, and so we decided to order ourselves another bottle of wine and embrace the wonderful atmosphere. We were both incredibly impressed by how well management took care of our needs; as soon as one of the comfy booths became available, they offered to move my partner and I so that we could really sit back, relax and take in our surroundings. We both felt so comfortable, so relaxed and vowed to make the restaurant a regular favourite.
Our desserts soon arrived. I ordered the hot chocolate cake with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream, which tasted so naughty but so nice. My partner decided to order the New York Cheesecake, which was also heavenly and in generous portion.
At the end of the night, we taxied home feeling truly satisfied that we had spent a night to remember at Manhattan Bar and Grill. In between singing our very own rendition of Frank Sinatra and recalling just how tasty our meals were, we agreed that we would make a point of returning to our new favourite venue very soon.
Have I persuaded you to visit?
Until next time…