So, has anyone been in to check it out yet? ;)
Manifesto - New Scotch Bar & Tuscan Grato - Opening Downtown 11.12.12
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Not yet. Why don't you go and report back to everyone.
It's on my list. Been quite busy lately. ;)
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to post.
My wife and I stopped in for an appetizer and a few drinks last night. I really liked the dark, sunken bar area. The appetizer was good and reasonably prized. We both liked our drinks but I thought mine was a little small for the price, my wife's was HUGE and a few bucks less. I would definitely go back and it seems they are already drawing the "men in suits" crowd. I prefer this to De Novo.
I popped in for a minute today and took a quick photo, but didn't have any food/drinks. Love the decor though! Similar level of attention to detail like deNOVO, but a bit more dark and manly. I imagine this is place that Ron Swanson would take a date to impress her.
Stopped in last Friday to treat myself for my birthday. Very impressed with the space, the food was excellent (whole fish with brussel sprouts and pancetta) and Scotch list impressive (found a new-to-me distillery I will have to explore more).
You can tell the staff are still learning but didn't seem to be an issue while I was there. Their management team seems to have a good hand on everything. Almost ordered a cocktail to test that end but I saw them preparing another drink with the fishbowl sized cocktail glass and decided to pass. On the cocktail end, I think Mouton has spoiled me with just right portions, presentations and outstanding cocktails.
Laura/Lauren (know it's one of the two) offered that there will be some great happy hour deals coming on line.
Had a pre-Thanksgiving meal here. Both my buddy and I were very impressed with the quality of the cocktail and the quality of the entree. He had the beef cheek, and I had the butternut squash lasagne, which was delicious. Great service, extremely fair price.
Restaurant review: Manifesto
By G.A. Benton
You can read the writing on the walls inside of Manifesto — and there’s a lot of it. See, this brand new Downtown showpiece from the De-Novo team is filled with aphoristic quips appearing in large and loose script. Occasionally they’re accompanied by sketched portraits of presidents facing-up to their words, but the scrawl’s also authorless — or attributed to such people as Deepak Chopra (?!?). Earning pride-of-space among this verbiage is that shout-out to “The Crazy Ones” that served as the text for a series of famous Apple commercials (Synopsis: let’s praise the gifted misfits not fond of rules whom you can disagree with but not ignore).
READ MORE: http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2012/12/06/restaurant-review-manifesto.html
The wife and I went here a week ago and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The food was great and very reasonably priced. This would be a great place to go before a show at the OHIO theater.
The Dispatch has a story up today: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/12/11/manifestos-destiny-to-pair-scotch-with-food.html
And this new bit of very exciting news about the owners' plans:
Manifesto is part of the couple’s larger plans for Downtown. They plan to open two more restaurants in the heart of Columbus in 2013, and are finalizing leases. One of their new concepts will be a French wine bar.“I think Columbus is ready for it,” she said. “People want options. They’r e coming Downtown as a destination, and there’s more residential coming. We’re excited, and we’re not hesitating.”
4 restaurants and a gym? Busy couple.
We had our company holiday party at Manifesto last night and had a great time! The menu has changed since opening to feature all small plates, though they range from sharable appetizers to more hearty entree-type dishes. Which worked out well for mixing and matching in a group.
Here's what we tried:
Calamari - A mix of rings and tentacles, breaded and fried with two dipping sauces (one cream, one marinara)
Kobe Beef Carpaccio - thin sliced beef served with large crisps.
Meatball Sliders - three homemade meatballs on brioche buns with marinara (a favorite at the table)
PEI Mussels - steamed in white wine with tomatoes
Roasted Chicken Flatbread - Another favorite at the table with goat cheese, tomato and balsalmic
Land & Sea - I ordered this entree-sized surf and turf option that came with a beautiful and tender center of New York Strip, three jumbo shrimp and roasted brussels sprouts. Filling as an entree without being a huge portion of food.
For dessert I had their homemade butterscotch (made with real scotch) panna cotta, which was lightly caramelized on top, and thick and eggy in the middle. Great stuff.
Certainly one of my favorite meals of 2012. :D
My wife and I stopped by tonight after checking out the lights in Bicentennial Park and the Commons. Very good drink selection. Deep on the whiskeys and an impressive number of bourbons. We shared the hummus and margarita flat bread, with excellent tiramusu for dessert. All of it good and fairly priced. Service was great.
Really liked the decor of the place. The chandelier is amazing. The music was a bit all over the place, Queen and Man of Constant Sorrow mixed up then some heavy blues. Really? The background sound needs a theme. There was one other problem I mentioned to the server and she was cool about it.
Really hope they make it in that space. We were there about 6:30 on a Sunday and were the only people in the place at first. A steady stream of diners followed.
Stopped in for lunch today. Food was amazing and there were a decent amount of diners. The design of the space is worth checking out (amazing chandelier)Posted 4 months ago #
The buzz is that the French restaurant the owners of Manifesto/De Novo are planning will be adjacent to De Novo, and that a fall opening is targeted....Posted 2 months ago #
Daaaaaang!!! They are expanding quick! We went to both manifesto and de-novo last Thursday and had an awesome time!! Manifesto might be my new favorite place; relaxing atmosphere, great food and a fun place to drink. My only knock ..... They need more of an exterior presence. It's hard to find this place as a random passer byPosted 2 months ago #
Restaurant Review: Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar
Published on May 8, 2013 10:00 am
By: Miriam Bowers Abbott
A place with the moniker “Manifesto” sounds really serious. And when veteran customers mention that there are profound quotations written on the walls of the establishment, it reinforces expectations of seriousness.
Posted 2 weeks ago #
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