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Oct 22, 2008 12:41 PM

New Addition to Parkdale - Manhattan

During a stroll along Queen St. W. to Mother India, I noticed a new restaurant had opened a little west of Brock on the north side. It's currently only open for brunch on weekends, but the menu looks good, prices are reasonable and space is inviting.

Does anyone have further info?

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    1. re: sylvrgirl

      Dinner? I was hoping it would be a place that was open for lunch too. :(

      1. re: Davedigger

        I;ve got a bad feeling about the Manhattan place. It gives off a vibe of "Let's take advantage of this gentirifcation we've been hearing about" without any thought or effort put into the execution. It seems like a perfunctory attempt. Kind of like The Kitchen or Parkdale Drink. Here's hoping I'm wrong though.

    2. Looks like a bar to me.

      1. I've been to this place twice now for brunch and I've been pleasantly surprised.

        The room is warm, with exposed brick and sleek tables. The vibe is sophisticated urban jazz lounge. Imagine any ad for downtown condo living and this place fits the bill.

        Normally, this type of atmosphere would turn me off. I'm more a Cadillac Lounge kind of guy. And we sure don't look like the part coming in all weary from a bathroom reno, resplendent in MEC goretex and Blundstones. Whenever I'm in a place like this, I swear the staff can tell I permanently destroyed any possibility of personal cool playing D&D in the 80s.

        However, the food turns our to be fabulous and the waitress friendly and attentive. A lot of thought seems to have gone into the menu. Little touches like lime water are appreciated. Both times I am there, staff from the kitchen come out to check on things. They look sharp and professional, instead of overwhelmed and freaked out "newbie".

        Each time I've been, I've had the really well executed eggs benny with peameal and homefries. The eggs ooze yolk appropriately and the hollandaise is rich, with a nice, refreshing zip of lemon. And it doesn't immediately congeal, like a lot of hollandaise does around town.

        The homefries are exceptional. Maybe the best I've had in town. They slice the potatoes in discs (ala scalloped potatoes) and then, as far as I can tell, individually fry each one until the edges crisp beautifully and the center gets soft and creamy. There's a liberal amount of caramelized onions and the whole thing is stacked on the plate so that it clumps attractively. I keep wondering how they do them and picture a giant flat top grill covered in a layer of potatoes, frying away.

        You can order they home fries as corned beef hash. They come with a dollop or two of moist, melt in your mouth corned beef, almost like rillettes in the texture and richness. I don't believe the potatoes and beef are fried together, so that may be a mark against it for some, but I still found it great.

        The rest of the menu looks very promising, but I'll probably have the same thing the next time I go. I tend to do that at a place that does something well.

        So I understand the jamesm's comments about the Parkdale Drink and the Kitchen. This place appears to be like some opportunistic money grab eagerly awaiting for the Bohemian condos to be built. It does seem a little out of place in that stretch of Queen. But, right now it's a weekend brunch spot with a lot of promise. I have no idea if it will work as a night spot or if it'll open for dinner service. The owners seem to be taking it slow and have a plan, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'll post again once I've gone a few more times and sampled the rest of the menu.

        As it's less than five minutes away from my place, it has now supplanted The Cadillac Lounge and Rustic Cosmo as the official "lazy brunch" spot in my nabe.

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        1. re: Pantz

          Awesome review. Thanks! I so need to get some eggs benny with corned beef hash!

          1. re: Pantz

            Glad to hear I was wrong. When the Easy or Mitzi's is packed (always) it's nice to have an option in the neighbourhood. With School in Liberty Village there are some other spots to hit up for brunch.

            1. re: jamesm

              I did brunch at School today and it was delish. Reasonably priced and so much easier on my tummy than standard ,greasy diner grub.

            2. re: Pantz

              If your looking for great eggs benny try Fetch. It's opened during the day at Not my Dog. Trish is the chef/waitress and makes the best Eggs Benny in the city. Huge plate and cheap cheap cheap!!

              1. re: PROUDPARKDALIAN

                Where is this Fetch? I looked it for on Google Maps but could not find it.

                1. re: airsey

                  Fetch is I guess what they're calling the bar Not My Dog when it serves food, which they've apparently decided to do recently. It's just east of Sorauren on Queen on the north side. I haven't eaten there except for a private birthday party. The owners told the organizer that they would provide catered food and gave the impression that it would be homemade. It was literally two bite brownies and soggy somosas from Dominion and they charged a huge mark-up on them as well. The bar is often dead and I guess this brunch excercise is an effort to capitalize on the big brunch crowd in the neighbourhood and supplement their revenue. Maybe things have changed since the party though.

                  1. re: jamesm

                    Not my Dog and Fetch have nothing to do with each other. She is just using the space and kitchen to sell her homebaked entrees, brunches, lunches etc. It is only open til 4pm tues to sun. Check it out for home cooked cheap eats. Grab the front table if you can and watch Parkdale T.V. go by.

                    1. re: PROUDPARKDALIAN

                      That's good to hear. I live around the corner and look forward to checking it out.

            3. Tried Manhattan out yesterday for brunch - I'm always searching for great eggs benedict. The Benny was well generally prepared, but the hollandaise was oddly sweet; might have just been way too much of the sweet paprika that was also liberally sprinkled on top, but it tasted like someone had added sugar instead of salt to the sauce. Bummer. Ordered the corned beef hash on the side, and got just the homefries instead. Homefries were indeed lovely (though rather heavily peppered), but not exactly what I was looking for. When we mentioned to the server that I'd ordered the corned beef hash, she said "isn't there some corned beef buried in the middle somewhere?" I dug through the stack and came up with no corned beef, and while she put in an order for a replacement dish, it didn't arrive until we'd already asked for the bill, so she didn't bring it to the table.

              My husband's food was much better - he ordered the mac & cheese, good and cheesy, pasta a little overcooked but still tasty. Caesar salad dressing actually tasted like it had anchovy in it, which was a pleasant surprise. He was more than happy with his meal (and I kinda wished I'd ordered what he had).

              Overall, disinterested service, food looked great, flavours hit & miss. I'll give 'em another shot, but wouldn't have the eggs benedict again.

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              1. re: watt

                DH went to Manhattan with a couple of friends yesterday as well.
                All enjoyed their their brunch, .. luckily no mishaps like you encountered.
                Two ordered Bacon and Eggs, and said the portion of bacon was generous, and crisp just as they had requested.
                The third diner ordered Steak and Eggs, and according to DH wiped his plate clean.
                They were told by the owner, that they are taking it slowly, and will hopefully be open during the week as well sometime in the New Year.
                I personally can't understand how they will survive with rent, taxes, expenses, and stay open only two half days per week.
                It doesn't make sense.

                1. re: erly

                  Not sure what their business plan is, but if they can open slowly and develop some loyal brunch business, they may have a chance to build the business. I think they all have other jobs, so I'm guessing they are waiting to commit fully?

                  Re: the home fries. Last time I was in, some of the home fries were basically potato chips and it became apparent they were deep frying them. Basically a home fries cheat of the highest order. Based on previous results, I'm willing to concede it's a decent method. However, if the timing is off, the half moist, half crisp home fries turn into Lays.

              2. Their dinner menu is up, nothing is over $18 (the most expensive one being the steak)
                That those prices, if the food is decent, we might have a chowfind.


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                1. re: mgs

                  we have walked by 3 times and wanted to go in and each time they were closed for some reason or another...doubt now if we'll risk making the trip

                  1. re: robgm

                    It's on my route home, so one of these days, I'll catch them open :-)

                    1. re: robgm

                      I am sure they are actually closed. The same ominous message is written on the chalkboard inside. "due to unfortunate circumstances, we will not be open today"

                      1. re: robgm

                        I walk past everyday to and from work and on weekends too. I haven't seen them open in a very long time. The chalkboard hasn't been moved and it looks like the message was written awhile ago specifically for one weekend..."Unfortunately we won't be open for brunch today." Something to that effect. It's not looking good.

                        1. re: jamesm

                          I've gotten confirmation from one of the owners that Manhattan is closed indefinitely, and if it ever reopens, it will be under a different name.

                          1. re: gregclow

                            If it does reopen, thank heavens they will change that really really bad name. Think there would be a restaurant in Manhattan called Toronto?

                            1. re: gregclow

                              Not that Toronto needs another sushi joint, but I'm still a bit surprised no one has tried it in Parkdale. That particular stretch of Queen could probably support one.