Manahatta Newcastle, the eagerly awaited New York-inspired bar and kitchen has finally opened its doors on Collingwood Street in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant nightlife scene…
Famous for its glamourous bottomless brunches and electric atmosphere, Manahatta Newcastle opened to the public on Saturday 18 November. Here, at Luxe HQ, we have been invited to their soft launch that took place on 16 November, just a few days away before their official opening.
Interior at Manahatta Newcastle
Housed within a Grade II listed former bank building, the new bar marries historic elegance with the distinctive cosmopolitan chic of New York. Step inside, and you’ll embark on an immersive journey that transports you directly to the energetic heart of Manhattan.
The Newcastle venue, which is the first in the North East, has a total capacity of 450 across the entire space, making it the ideal venue for celebrations of all kinds.
Featuring a mezzanine floor with a second bar, available to hire for private events and parties, this elevated space adds an extra layer of sophistication to your gatherings. Additionally, for those seeking more intimate occasions, the upstairs bar also has a private dining room
Manahatta is renowned for its distinctive features; from a long bar that entices you to indulge in exquisite cocktails, vibrant neon signs that infuse a big-city vibe, dazzling disco balls that set the stage for dance-floor magic, to swing chairs that introduce a playful and chic dimension to your visit.
Food and Drinks at Manahatta Newcastle
The cocktail menu at Manahatta transcends the ordinary, inviting guests on an enchanting journey through a spectrum of flavours, all inspired by the famous New York districts. Upon scanning through it, we settled on East Side Cosmo (£11.95) with Ketel One Citroen vodka, Cointreau orange liqueur, Aperol,
apple, lychee, and lemon. Each sip was a revelation, meticulously crafted to delight the senses.
With a strong start into Manahatta’s cocktail journey, we’re eager to try more of their creative concoctions. On our second round, we opted for Cloud Nine (£13.95) with Hendricks gin, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, pear, mango, and lemon, and it certainly did not disappoint. It was the perfect combination of flavours without an overpowering touch of sweetness.
But it’s not merely about the drinks – it’s a symphony of flavours that dance harmoniously with an exquisitely curated menu. From tantalising small plates designed for sharing, to mains that marry the traditions of New York and innovation.
For the starter, we opted for Enoki Mushrooms (£7.95), crispy fried oriental mushrooms served with a miso mayo dip and for the main, we had Steak Frites (£19.95) – sliced 8oz rump steak served pink, fried onions, garlic mushrooms, onion rings, Monterey Jack cheese, peppercorn sauce, served on house fries and sweet potato fries – both wonderfully delicious. Safe to say, their menu, full of options but not too overcrowded, has something for everyone.
Whether it’s a quick catch-up lunch, early evening cocktails, or the big night out, look no further than Manahatta. With their mesmerising décor that allows you to experience the famous atmosphere of New York, and simply delicious cocktails – a night spent there will prove to be an unforgettable experience.