Picture the scene. Gents in bracers and hats, ladies in frilly flapper dresses and the soundtrack of the Gatsby era in the background. The Boogie-Woogie happening on the dance floor and everyone having a good time. If you know me then a 1920’s themed night isn’t something I’d normally go for but I was luckily invited to the launch of Manhattan ‘Til Midnight at Marco’s Restaurant in Sheffield.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Marco’s is Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian branch based in Sheffield – yes, the famous chef. They offer a traditional Italian menu with a modern New York twist, a tribute to his Italian heritage (mother’s side). It is based inside the Hampton By Hilton on West Bar Green (S1 2DA).
I’ve been wanting to try out this place for a while but I’ve just not had the chance until now. I dragged my best friend out for a break (she’s currently pregnant AND putting her house up on the market) for some food, mocktails and some very surprising music.
Manhattan ‘Til Midnight
Manhattan ‘Til Midnight is a new 1920’s inspired night that the restaurant has launched and takes place on the last Friday and Saturday of each month. Now before you make the mistake I did in assuming “1920’s” means listening to pre-war music that you probably had no idea existed then stop!
The night consists of live music from an exceptional set of performers, we had Chloe-Jean on the launch night who had a phenomenal voice. Instead of it being songs only your grandmother would have bopped about to it’s a range of more recent/popular music set to a Gatsby-era style. We had everything from AHA’s “Take on Me” to Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”. No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” had us reminiscing about our younger years and we left humming Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
Beccy and I spent most of the evening bopping in our chairs and trying to sing along – which they apparently got footage of.
As well as getting to experience some great entertainment, we were offered a couple of the restaurant’s sharing boards to try.
The Great American – Buffalo wings, Hickory smoked baby back ribs, nachos with melted cheese, chilli jam, sour cream, jalapenos and crushed avocado.
New York Italian Seafood Platter – Crispy calamari, spicy whitebait and crab cakes with lemon mayonnaise and sauce tartar.
Both boards were extremely tasty and perfect for the both of us to just pick at. The American board was my favourite because I’m a huge nachos and ribs fan, it was so good but so bad for the diet. Then came the dessert…
I love puddings, but most importantly I love cheesecake. I love every kind of cheesecake so when we were presented with the Manhattan Milkshaker we weren’t sure how to react. New to the menu, the Manhattan Milkshaker consisted of: Panna cotta milkshake layered with ice cream, raspberry sauce, fresh fruit and a New York baked vanilla cheesecake with a blueberry compote on top. It was a serious dessert.
If I’m honest, that was so worth breaking the diet for and I suffered the next day.
As you’d expect, they have a extensive range of beverages including cocktails and mocktails which are 2-4-1 all night. This was the highlight of Beccy’s night with her being pregnant her drinks selection is normally limited. The barman, knowing she was expecting, showed her the mocktail list and then offered to conjure up a more fitting drink if she wanted. Asked what her tastes normally are and then brought her over a beautifully tasting ginger style Mojito – she felt like a grownup again.
I had a glass of Prosecco and the barman then made me a fresh strawberry cocktail, as I was trying to be good, which tasted amazing.
The Overall Night
As well as great food, drinks and entertainment, the staff we’re fantastic. Nothing was too much to ask and they were constantly checking if we needed anything. Their attention to making sure both Beccy and I had a good night left us that impressed we’re already planning a second visit.
The music was just perfect for our catch-up style evening. We could chat to each other without having to shout over the music like we’d have to do in a bar. The music was often a talking point in the conversation and all in all it was a great night. Not at all what either of us expected.
As I mentioned above, Manhattan ‘Til Midnight is the last Friday and Saturday of each month from 7pm until Midnight. You can pre-book your table on their website.
If you go, please let me know in the comments what you thought. I’m looking forward to our next trip.
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