Tribeca Bar, 50 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WF
Opening hours: Sunday - Wednesday 12noon-12.30am, Thursday 12.30pm-1.30am, Friday-Saturday 12noon-2.30am
Visit their website here.
Tribeca is one of the village's most popular and versatile bars, suitable for a casual lunch, a delicious evening meal or a sophisticated night out. None of this has to break the bank, however, with no beer or spirit costing more than £5 and all main meals priced below a tenner.
The venue itself reflects the style of the New York district it owes its name to, the interior achieving the industrial look of Tribeca, Manhattan, yet managing to retain a welcoming intimacy. The bar is multi-tiered and boasts four private lounges, all of which have their own distinct vibe and are available for hire.
Tribeca is a great pre-drinking venue or can be a night out in itself, its famous wine offer setting it apart from competitors. A bottle of any house wine can be purchased for £6.95 between 4pm and 8pm daily, which is not only great value but great-tasting, as MM can vouch for.
The waitress also gave us a pint glass full of ice for our rosé, which was a nice and extremely welcome as Manchester was experiencing frankly tropical conditions at the time (but not anymore).
Beer is also reasonably priced for the venue: the cheapest pint is £3.30 and the most expensive is £3.95, the cheapest bottle is £3.35 and most expensive is £3.50.
They also possess a good range of ciders, and are set to have strawberry and lime Rekorderlig to be on tap from next week. Those after a more conventional choice will be satisfied by Kopparberg, Magners or even Crabbies ginger beer, all available in bottled form.
Spirits are a little pricier at £3.40 for a single and £4.80 for a double, but this is still not bad when compared to some similar Manchester bars and we can forgive them considering cocktails are only £6. They are not just any cocktails mind you; our strawberry daiquiri was made with fresh fruit and our whiskey sour was no amateur creation and definitely contained £6-worth of alcohol content.
Tribeca owner, Lee Montgomery, was keen to emphasise that his menu is going through a transitional period, with a new chef and more experimental food to begin in two weeks. He had no need to be worried, as we were impressed with the taste, quality and price of his food, especially considering the two main meals for £12 offer (on selected dishes).
We had eaten a light lunch in preparation for my Tribeca experience and we were extremely grateful for this when we saw the size of the nachos we had ordered (£3.95 small, £6.95 large). The dish consisted of a huge bowl of chilli nachos, accompanied by more guacamole, salsa, sour cream and fresh lime than you could ever want. All elements of the meal were amazing and we consumed more of it than was really necessary.
We ordered the breaded goat’s cheese salad and the rump steak with chunky chips and peppercorn sauce for our main courses. The breaded goat’s cheese came on a bed of leaves, tomatoes, cucumber and onions and was dressed in a light vinaigrette. The entire dish was stunning; the breaded goat’s cheese was delicious, as was the salad it accompanied, all the more impressive considering ‘a bed of salad’ can mean a few wilted leaves all too often.
The rump steak was equally delicious, as were the sauce and chunky chips – and luckily there were a lot of them. The accompanying mushrooms and tomatoes were grilled to perfection and the salad did not disappoint.
Without wanting to paint the wrong picture, Tribeca isn't going to appear in the Michelin guide any time soon, but if you want mid-budget food, served with care and in a classy environment then you can't do much better.
Tribeca is one of those rare venues where you can feel just as comfortable nipping in for a drink after work or uni as you can going for a three course meal on a date. The staff are friendly and approachable and the music is cool but not intrusive.
One worth making a return visit for.