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.
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).