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Apr 7, 2013 11:30 AM

Mana!! Ugh!!

Saturday we tried Mana on the UWS for lunch. It's sort of a vegetarian/vegan place that serves fish but no meat.
It was not awful but far from good and not worth a second try.
Totally inept service. Drinks did not come before the appetizers despite 3 requests. One appetizer never showed up.
When the drinks did come the server dropped a straw on the floor, picked it up and put it on the table. Ugh!!
The fruity drinks looked great but had little taste.
Our daughter is a vegan so we've been to many vegan/vegetarian places that serve up some tasty dishes.
At Mana everything was on the bland side even the fish tacos which came with a tasty looking salsa verde that was bland too!! The salsa verde came to the table after I had finished one taco. Go figure?
It is rare for us to try a restaurant in Manhattan that's not worth a second try. We won't be back.

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    1. re: jaba

      We live in "The Hill of Murray." We were visiting #1 son. Next time he comes down to our hood.

      1. re: jaba

        OK, the UWS is not culinary nirvana, but we do have some good places ..... Ouest and Telepan for ... well, whatever the cuisine is called (New American?) , Jin Ramen (for ramen, obviously), Barney Greengrass (smoked fish etc), Sushi Yasaka is very good value for money, Salumeria Rosi has a lot of good Italian; Epicerie Boulod has very good croissants.

        If you stretch "UWS" a little there's the Time Warner Center (Masa and Per Se, for super high end) and Szechuan Gourmet (56th St. branch).

        1. re: plf515

          We do like Barney and Popover for brunch!!

          1. re: plf515

            I agree Jin Ramen is great. But for any of the others you mention in UWS proper, if you didn't live in this neighborhood, would you even consider spending the $5 to-and-back subway ride to eat there?