The 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester's Northern Quarter
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The Northern Quarter may be known for its late night drinking dens
but it is also home to an ever-expanding array of restaurants offering everything from cheap bites to refined dining. Whether you prefer fried chicken, sourdough pizza or Asian finger-food, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our round-up of our 10 favourite Northern Quarter
eateries for evening dining.
Restaurant, Pizzaria, British, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
If you’re in the mood for pizza, there’s several options in the neighbourhood but PLY is the obvious choice if you’re searching for sourdough crusts and a party atmosphere. Gluten-free and vegan options are readily available on a menu that caters for the traditionalists with all of the toppings that you’d expect to see on a Neapolitan menu. The large industrial space fuses bar and restaurant rather than allocating separate areas, creating a buzzing ambiance that’s easy to get swept up in – their classic cocktails make the perfect accompaniment to a pizza and side salad.
Wine Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Known for their artisan bread that’s baked freshly on site every day, BAKERIE is the place to head for a wholesome meal. Choose from their range of boards (meat, fish, cheese or vegan) or one of their delicious stews, all served with your choice of five signature breads. If you fancy something a little different, reserve a place on one of their monthly Long Table Dining events, where you and your friends will sit around a 40-foot table getting to know other diners as you’re served from a fixed menu.
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, $$$
The most sophisticated eatery in the Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis is located within a Grade II-listed building on the edge of the neighbourhood. Based around four concepts of ice, fire, steam and oil, the restaurant serves small Asian grazing plates that are designed to be shared among groups of diners. The presentation is perfection — you’ll find yourself wanting to Instagram every dish before tasting.
Restaurant, British, $$$
Having branched out from their original specialities of afternoon tea and gin, Rosylee is one of our favourite spots for an elegant evening meal. Whether you opt for their delectable afternoon tea menu or delve into the à la carte, there’s something for everyone with their diverse yet unpretentious offerings. Their tasty main courses lean towards gastro pub fare with halloumi burgers, chicken pot pie, salads, sandwiches and grills on offer.
Restaurant, Mexican, Central American, Vegetarian, Street Food, $$$
By far the best Mexican restaurant in the Northern Quarter, El Capo’s cavern-like surroundings in the basement below its bar helps to add to the atmosphere. Grab a table in the intimate space and enjoy a variety of small plates, chicken wings and Mexican street food. The DIY taco boards and chocolate chilli are firm favourites, while the Diablo chicken wings are an intriguing challenge for anyone who claims to love extra spicy cuisine.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, British, Contemporary, European, Wine, Beer, $$$
The perfect place for a special occasion, TNQ utilises seasonal and local ingredients to create delicious menus that rotate on a three-month basis to keep things fresh. The focus is kept on contemporary British cuisine and simple recipes, allowing the individual ingredients and the skill of the chef to stand out. Relaxed yet stylish, the restaurant is a favourite of those seeking a refined meal without the fuss.
Tariff & Dale
Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food, $$$
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu at the new Tariff & Dale. Their eclectic offering includes an antipasti selection, sourdough pizza, a diverse array of mains and even a selection of speciality sausage rolls. Enter through the bar before descending to the basement to discover a cosy yet elegant eatery that is making itself known thanks to its delicious food and impeccable service.
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Seafood, $$$
Another option for pizza in the Northern Quarter, Dough is a firm favourite of the locals. Offering a variety of both traditional and eclectic toppings, they cater for anyone with a love of Italian food, with dough-sticks, pasta and salads as alternatives. The dough is made fresh on site using a secret recipe (wholewheat and gluten-free options available) and their delicious tangy tomato sauce is achieved by combining a variety of plum, cherry and sun blushed tomatoes to create a truly unique pizza.
The Pen & Pencil
Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, American, British, $$$
Taking their name from the infamous New York bar frequented by journalists in the 20th century, Pen & Pencil is a relative newcomer to the Northern Quarter restaurant scene. Offering tried and tested classic such as salads, steaks and sliders, there’s definitely an American aesthetic but it’s not forced upon you. If you’re not feeling particularly peckish, grab a group of friends and share a selection of their tasty small plates.
Yard & Coop
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Forget Nandos – if you’re serious about your chicken, Yard & Coop is the best chicken joint in the city. Specialising in buttermilk fried chicken, the concept is obvious as soon as you enter the door, barnyard references screaming out wherever you look. The choice is kept simple: select chicken breast, thigh or a vegetarian halloumi alternative then select from a variety of spicy, sticky and sweet sauces before making the difficult decision between fries or salad and adding on sides.