AND you thought WOOD’s ‘Tomahawk Tuesday’ was the only carnivorous treat on First Street? Well now there’s a new rival on the butcher’s block. The name gives it away – Ribeye – and by the looks of the steak, above, emblazoning their website, it’s a meaty contender even against the likes of Hawksmoor.
This mega 140-cover steakhouse is offering cuts of Scottish Aberdeen Angus, Wagyu, inevitably, and beef from Kansas’s acclaimed Creekstone Farms against a spectacular backdrop. No expense seems to have been spared across a restaurant space that features an immense marble bar and rose bronze glass bubble chandeliers plus, shades of Tattu and Sakana, a white blossom tree. A wall of green foliage we suspect is a homage to grass-fed steaks on the meat menu.
Ribeye boasts the same designer as fellow newcomer Kala inn King Street but this fit-out is more lavish. Upstairs is a mezzanine level with further seating with a private dining space in the pipeline. There is also a Manchester bee-themed booth as a tribute to victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.
Djafar Yousfi, previously at San Carlo, will head up the kitchen, which is halal, and no alcoholic drinks will be served. Instead there’s a range of mocktails, all at a fiver. Veggie and vegan offerings include black truffle arancini and marinated cauliflower steak.
And, for al you carnivores, what price their tomahawk? £65 for a 32oz whopper.
Ribeye Steakhouse, Unit 1A, Number 8, First St, Manchester M15 4FN.