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New York: Anniversary Lunch at Manhatta

… and in the blink of an eye, we’ve been together for five years. Wow… never thought I’d say that. It literally feels like last week when I saw Jessica step off the train at Sheffield station for the first time and all I thought was, woah… as if that girl’s here to see me. Since then we’ve gone through 3 years of longish distance, incredible highs, worth it lows and travelled to 26 countries for the love of adventure and food.

One thing that hasn’t changed is our tradition of celebrating in the sky. From The Shard last year and Sushi Samba the year before, we needed to step it up a level for anniversary number five. Think we managed to do that by hopping over to NYC and heading up one of their breathtaking skyscrapers! Manhatta is perched sixty floors above the Financial District, with stunning views up North through the entirety of Manhattan, and south overlooking The Statue of Liberty.

Having never been to the USA before this year, we’ve now been twice in nine months (three times for James thanks to work). Looking over the bustle of one of the most amazing cities in the world in a space of tranquility is quite something, and somehow always gets us thinking of how blessed we are to get to do what we do and be where we are. Eating magnificent food tends to put a smile on our faces too.

As you might guess, Manhatta isn’t cheap. Being in the Fidi we were surrounded by business meetings and lunching ladies who at least give off the impression that they do this pretty regularly. We do not, and perhaps made this a little obvious by asking to share a starter of three oysters! Our waitress was quick to point out that this might be a bit difficult and although we were up to the challenge, added an extra for $5.

The boozy watercress with cheese and breadcrumbs is the perfect demonstration of how this place doesn’t go by the book. It’s no wonder they’ve earned themselves the mantra of being one of the best restaurants in the city, and we couldn’t think of anywhere better to indulge in NYC’s oyster culture.

The mains weren’t so groundbreaking but deceivingly filling. The magnificent setting and wonderful service stole the show though and made this a meal we’ll never forget. The touch of luxury was felt before we’d even set foot in the escalator after having our belongings taken care of and escorted through to the restaurant, and the anniversary dark chocolate balls came as a surprise after our waitress spotted us exchanging cards (hope she didn’t read them – it was also that time of year for our traditional competition of who can find the worst anniversary card!)

The cheesecake dessert topped things off in stupendous fashion and although the mains could’ve been a million times more exciting, we’d still massively recommend Manhatta for an occasion meal like this one. Make sure you get the oysters to start.

Let us know if you’ve got any fancy NYC restaurants to recommend down in the comments! If you haven’t seen our posts covering our favourite restaurants and best coffee in New York, check that out too!

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21 Comments

  1. October 28, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    The view on the new york skyline is amazing. So beautiful! the food looks so delicious as well! I am gonna bring my husband there!

    • foodandbaker
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      November 5, 2019 / 10:29 pm

      Isn’t it just! Oh please do, your love it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. October 28, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    Wow, the view looks amazing! Happy anniversary!

    Jess x

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. October 28, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    My stomach is rumbling just looking at that meal! Ugh I want it. And happy anniversary!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      OMG it was delicious!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
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      November 5, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Simply the best!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Daisy
    October 28, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    I hope I find a guy who treats me this special one day! Plus Sheffield is pretty romantic…you have the water feature outside the train station! Haha! All of this food looks incredible and I’m saving up to go to New York myself in the next couple of years! Hope you guys had a great anniversary!

    Daisy xoxo TheDeeWhoLived

    • foodandbaker
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      November 5, 2019 / 10:31 pm

      I’m sure you will! Hahaha very true!
      I hope you visit New York soon, you’ll love it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Kayleigh Zara
    October 28, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    Oh my gosh the food looks absolutely amazing! And the view from the restaurant is too die for! Congrats on your five years too

    Kayleigh Zara 🥂✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you! It was worth it all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. October 28, 2019 / 10:37 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! This all looks amazing, those views of the skyline are something else. The food all looks incredible too x

    Sophie

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      It was so tasty, dying for it all again!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. October 29, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Wow, those views are incredible! Also, all your food looks extremely elegant and delicious! I’ve eaten at one rooftop restaurant in New York and I loved it. It’s awesome to be able to eat and look out at the city from above. Happy anniversary!

    Casey Anne | https://itscaseyanne.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:33 pm

      I know right, the views and delicious meals – what more could we ask for!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. November 2, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    Ah, happy anniversary! That’s so lovely that you celebrate with such wonderful meals. I’ve never been to New York but if I do then I know where I need to head for! Great photos and review! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 10:33 pm

      Can’t go wrong with a good meal, especially to celebrate our anniversary!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. November 12, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    FIVE YEARS! Congratulations to you both, and what a great way to celebrate. Amazing views and what looks like amazing food to match. Wishing you many more years and adventures!

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

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