What you will find at Manny's are huge quantities of very good food, perfect service, and more testosterone floating in the room than in any restaurant we've ever been in. (No flowers are on the tables; one of our group suggested rocks might be more appropriate.)
Service begins with a display of the various cuts of beef (one of which is, I'm not kidding, the Bludgeon of Beef), pork chops and a gigantic lobster tail, all wrapped in plastic, plus a huge, live lobster. Our waiter was a showman who really knew the menu. Prices are high, but ounce for ounce, they are equivalent to other steak places.
The meal was well paced. One mixed green salad was split without any reluctance and separate dressings were provided for each split, a nice touch. Their Caesar salad comes with anchovies and extra anchovies were provided generously upon request. The soft shelled crab appetizer was fresh and entrée sized. The prime rib was only slightly smaller than the Bludgeon of Beef. It wasn't quite as tender as we would have liked. The large small filet was the biggest filet we have come across in years.
A surprising highlight of the meal was the vegetables! Two broccoli "trees" as big as softballs with two-inch diameter stalks were perfectly tender and flavorful. Elote, a corn dish, was equally delicious. Ear corn is roasted on a flame, then cut off the cob and served with a cayenne-infused thick sauce (sour cream?) that had a nice kick to it.
The wine list is a problem. Prices start at about $35 per bottle and there are only a couple of those. Nearly all the prices are $60 and way up from there. Our server helped us by telling us that the best bargain was the house red (William Hill Cabernet). At $9 per large glass, it was a better deal than buying it by the bottle. It is a very nice wine.
Everything is big. Espresso comes in a regular coffee cup, about half full. No frou-frou little demitasse cups allowed here.
We visited on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The bar area is huge and really loud, but there is a good separation between the bar and the main dining area. As the place filled up, it was nearly all men, with the few women there looking shell-shocked. So for a special occasion, it depends on who is the focus of the special occasion. If it is a person who likes huge servings of food, this is the place.
When I called Manny's about the nearest ramp, I was told there was no interior passage between the ramp on 9th Street and Manny's. However, there is a connection. Travelling one way on 9th Street, enter the ramp on your right just after crossing 2nd Avenue, take the elevator down to street level, find the main lobby of the Foshay Tower (it isn't marked, but it is through the only door going anywhere), then head toward Marquette Avenue down the beautiful Foshay corridor and Manny's will be on your left.
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