… 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!