Camille Allcroft checks out one of Manchester’s favourite places to grab a steak and a great cocktail
part of the popular Blackhouse brand from Living Ventures, Grill on New York Street fuels Manchester with great steaks and cocktails. Although there’s lots more on the varied menu including Cumbrae oysters, house burgers and salads. Tucked away adjacent to the busy Piccadilly Gardens, the restful atmosphere envelops you as soon as you walk in – the New York Street location seems apt, as the restaurant design conjures up something you might find in downtown Manhattan with a neutral colour scheme and stylish décor.
We settled in at a booth on the mezzanine level, overlooking the bustling restaurant floor which is flanked by the kitchen and elegant bar area. Crusty warm ciabatta with wheels of salted and chorizo butter made an appetising start to the meal and we sipped a chilled Pinot Grigio as we perused the menu.A velvety butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds was a tasty starter; the delicately sweet flavour was lent a burst of freshness from the minted crème fraiche, while the accompanying tortilla chips made a welcome change from bread. Goat’s cheese and beetroot salad delivered in flavour and presentation and the generous round of creamy goat’s cheese worked well with the earthy beetroot and tangy pickled carrot beneath.
The ‘book of beef’ section of the menu is a sight for sore eyes for steak lovers, with a huge range of cuts and varieties of beef to deliberate over. We ordered the Australian Aberdeen black grain fed sirloin from the premium selection, cooked to retain its flavour and tenderness with sides of thick cut chips and a punchy blue cheese sauce which completed this classic meal.
The new seafood dishes on the menu include pan fried sea bass with pilaf rice, pomegranate and béarnaise, but our choice of cod loin with crushed potatoes, lobster bisque and samphire was an exquisite main course. The crushed potatoes added heartiness, while the fragrant lobster bisque and samphire complemented the cod for a sophisticated taste of the sea with precise flavours.
We rounded off the meal with a new spin on a classic crème brûlée, bursting with zesty orange and served with freshly baked coconut biscuits. We were also temped by the dessert cocktail list – indulgent options include Jaffa cake and tiramisu, but instead we opted for a cheeseboard laden with Dambusters Cheddar, Cornish Brie and Lancashire Blue. This impressive cheese selection was a delicious finale to the meal, along with oatcakes and sweet beetroot and onion relish.
Sophisticated dishes, quality ingredients and a relaxed ambience make this a worthy choice of restaurant and while the star of the show may still be the steaks, the wide range of additional dishes along with attentive service add to the timeless charm of this restaurant.
The Grill on New York Street, Manchester
Telephone: 0161 228 1444