Manhattan KS dinner
Harrys Uptown is probably as upscale as your going to get in Aggieville-if you hear any reports of a wine bar called 4 olives-dont be fooled into trying it...take it from someone who used to work there it isnt worth the venture! I would suggest Harrys-high backed booths-service isnt great but the food is better than the normally offered bar and grill fare of Manhattan
There's this jamaican place out at the lake called "Little Grill" which is fun and tasty. Aroy Thai is okay, try the Chicken-Peanut-Potato curry "Hot" level. Hibachi hut and Texas Star Cafe are good. Little Apple Brewery is okay. I always thought Cocobolo's was overpriced, but good.
I just had the worst eating experience at Happy Valley Chinese, which used to be good. Good restaurants don't always last in Manhattan, for some reason.
Coco Bolo's is my absolute favorite. Harry's is a great place for a nice meal, though. I also miss Texas Star Cafe from when we lived there. The atmosphere isn't fancy at all, but the food is great.
I personally really dislike Goldfork, too. It is just a bad experience as far as I'm concerned.
Honestly, Rucksack, there aren't too many options in Manhattan, Kansas! And definitely not in the "nice" dinner category and with the exception of the occasional trout or walleye dinner, not much in the seafood category either! The two best restaurants in town, in my opinion, (after living there for 4 years) are Coco Bolo's and So Long Saloon. Neither one are particularly fancy, just good food.
Here is the website for Coco Bolo's... it's a little hard to describe, but the menu ranges from Mexican to Jamaican and everything in between. I've never had a bad meal at the Manhattan location... if you go, be sure to get the taters.
So Long Saloon is mostly hamburgers, but is a little more upscale than your average bar and grill. I really like the patty melt and the raspberry and black bean dip.
I honestly can't think of any others at the moment, but I'll think about it some more. Some people like the Gold Fork for a nice meal, but I found it to be like Applebee's with three times the cost. Good luck!