Review: bottomless brunch at Manahatta, Newcastle upon Tyne

There’s a lot of opportunities for bottomless brunch in Newcastle and we’re desperately trying to work our way through them all. We got a voucher for Manahatta on Collingwood Street for Christmas and since Dave’s birthday is in March, we thought we’d combine the two. It also happened to be St Patrick’s Day – win, win, win!

Manahatta is a relative newbie to the Diamond Street and is a vibrant bar that brings the spirit of New York City to the heart of the toon. It’s darkly lit with stylish neon décor and although it was quiet when we visited on a Sunday afternoon, you just know it has a lively atmosphere.

Bottomless brunch at Manahatta is available every day until 3pm and costs £36.95 for 2 hours. Food wise there’s wide selection of options, all very much leaning to the ‘brunch’ side of life; avocado toast, eggs Benedict, and blueberry pancakes, although there were a couple of more savoury options too. Since it was very much lunchtime rather than brunch time when we went, we opted for the NY Club Bagel – grilled chicken, pancetta, Monterey Jack cheese, gem lettuce, tomato, mayo, house fries and the Beef Melt – beef brisket grilled cheese sandwich with Henderson’s Relish, melted Monterey Jack and cheddar, pickled pink onion, Henderson’s mayo. We shared half and half and both were really good, the chicken in the bagel was a full succulent chicken breast so really filling but the Beef Melt was completely out of this world and as good as anything we’ve ever eaten in America. Perfect stomach lining food!

Which leads us nicely to the drinks options. Included in the bottomless option is unlimited prosecco or pints of Coors, plus a selection of cocktails including Aperol Spritz and a Gin & Tonic option. It’s rare that house wine isn’t included too as sometimes I can get a bit sick of prosecco but you know what a trooper I am, I soldiered on regardless. I loved that whilst you waited for your cocktail you also got a glass of prosecco and that was topped up whenever our glasses were empty regardless of whether we had a full cocktail or not. One of the cocktail options was a Bloody Mary which I’m very much a fan of and I’m happy to report it was made to perfection; just the right amount of spice!

Katie, our server was absolutely lovely as chatted to us through the afternoon making sure we were properly looked after and when I mentioned we were out for Dave’s birthday, she brought over a complimentary chocolate brownie with a candle in for him which I thought was a lovely touch!

I was cautious about going to Manahatta, I genuinely thought it would be too trendy for us early 40-somethings but honestly it’s one of the better bottomless brunches we’ve done in the city so far and I would highly recommend for all ages!

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