Manifesto doesn’t actually serve brunch. To be fair, Manifesto never said they DID serve brunch, I just noticed they were open en route to their sister restaurant, de Novo, whom I know DOES serve (delicious) brunch, so I figured it as worth a shot.
When I say “brunch” I mean “some kind of special menu typically available on weekends only, consisting of eggs and pancakes and shit.” Many people use the term simply to describe an early afternoon meal on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, so by that standard, this totally counts as brunch.
I fell a little in love with Manifesto when they opened in late 2012, but I haven’t actually been back, so I was delighted for the chance to revisit the over-the-top dark decor of chandeliers, tapestries and presidential quotes. My friend and I were also the only people there for the hour and a half duration of brunch, so if you’re looking for an intimate, quiet setting, Sunday mornings at Manifesto is it.
Manifesto is first and foremost a scotch bar, with more than 40 available selections, but I don’t have the balls to sip scotch before noon (or ever, really) so I ordered the Spring Teaze cocktail, with vodka, ginger liqueur, lime, muddled cucumber and prosecco. It tasted like rolling around in a field. It was a delight. My friend had the Glasgow Mule, comprising Manifesto’s delicious house-made ginger beer, scotch, ginger snap, cinnamon honey syrup and bitters.
Manifesto’s menu consists primarily of tapas, making it great for sampling and sharing. We opted for the steak and gorgonzola flatbread, with crispy thin crust and creamy blue cheese; the hummus, topped with feta and a lavendar drizzle and served with flatbread crisps; and the duck confit manicotti, hot and stuffed with marscapone, ricotta and sage. We were tempted into dessert, finishing off drunk brunch with a sobering cup of coffee and an order of white chocolate cannoli plated with blueberries and raspberry drizzle.
Brunch at Manifesto is served technically never, but they open at 11am on the weekends. Manifesto is located at 21 East State Street.
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