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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro


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As Chef de Cuisine, Plongeur, and Marmiton in our SOG City kitchen I am always on the look-out for excuses to get out of the kitchen. Just the other day as I was pondering pulling out the pots and pans in preparation for our evening repast I received an email demanding my presence at a new South Tampa dining spot.

We are always thrilled to discover exciting new places to dine and whistle wet, especially if they are in or near SOG City. The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro is just a tad north of Gandy on the corner of Manhattan and El Prado.

I called ahead and made reservations for my bride and myself for 6 o'clock yesterday evening. That probably wasn't necessary since the crowds are fairly light that early, but I was starved and she was in need of a medicinal beverage after a hard day on the job.

We walked through the spacious outdoor seating area into a modern, stylish bar and dining room. We were promptly seated at a booth, presented with menus, and our drink orders taken.

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Photos from Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro web site
The Manhattan has a well stocked full bar from which we ordered a Classic Martini for me and a glass of a tasty Cab for her.

The menu selections are primarily tapas and are perfect for sharing - all except for the delicious Sambuca Mussels that I kept all to myself. Actually, I would have shared but the Belle of Ballast Point is not an aficionado of shellfish. The small plates that we did share included the tantalizing Filet Mignon Carpaccio, the Chef's pork, lamb, and beef Meatballs, and the slow braised Short Rib Tacos.

All of the small plates were yummy and filling, and if our tummies were bigger we would have ordered more since there were several other Tastes of the Land and Tastes of the Sea that tantalized our taste buds. Also on the menu were salads, fruit and cheese plates, and desserts.

While were were dining, the entertainment of the evening began setting up. With the first notes strummed on the two guitars we were hooked. The acoustic and electric guitars blended perfectly as we enjoyed some terrific folk rock from the duo Buxton.

The Manhattan regularly features live entertainment as well as a deejay. One of our favorite Tampa entertainers, Lisa Casalino, will be appearing over the next several months. Wowzer! Super smooth jazz in a stylish setting in South Tampa. Who could want for more?

Our food and a few more adult beverages than I care to admit came to a very reasonable $143.77 that included a well deserved 20% gratuity.

The SOG City Oracle wishes The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro a long and successful life.

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