Review: New York New York, with food by Almost Famous @ Socio Rehab, Northern Quarter

By Natasha David-Hilton

‘I want to be a part of it, I want to wake up in that city, that never sleeps’ – New York, New York.

Last night Socio Rehab brought Manchester’s Northern Quarter its very own slice of the Big Apple with a themed event to chase away those Sunday blues.

With sultry Motown, jazz and disco music the boys at Socio served up delicious all-American cocktails, taking some of the classics and adding their own very modern, and decidedly fruity, twist.

First up was the New York Espresso Martini. Served with a root beer kick, it was a smooth and very modern take on one of my favourite drinks of all time.

The aptly-named Big Apple Sour was like a Haribo Tangfastic explosion. Sour, sweet and full of apple freshness this cocktail was certainly only for those who don’t mind feeling their cheeks implode. One for the child in us all.

The Makers Mark Manhattan is certainly not one for the faint hearted – easily the strongest drink on the NY menu, it doesn’t pull its punches. But it is a beautiful presentation of Makers Mark, with an easy vermouth tail.

And with food coming from the legendary burger kings at Almost Famous – which has now taken up permanent residence above Socio – we were going to go for dirty burger heaven.

Starting with the deconstructed pizza, which involved a mountain of chips, cheese, sausage, chopped onion and tomato… it was a mountain to conquer and is most certainly not the side dish we assumed it to be!

We didn’t make it onto the burgers this time round as the cocktails kept flowing and the mammoth above finished us off  which may be for the best on the calorie intake front. Besides, everyone knows they’re brilliant and we’re not supposed to talk about them. They’re a secret…!

There’s not many better ways to spend a Sunday night – so we’re looking forward to Socio going back across the Atlantic again next month…

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