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Black Dog NWS

11- 13 New Wakefield St, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 5NP
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Black Dog NWS is open 12pm - 4am 7 days a week

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Private Dining
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Families and Children Welcome at lunch
  • Bar
  • Business Lunch
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Event Space
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for

About Black Dog NWS

Black Dog New Wakefield Street is a New York style bar and diner showing all the live UK and American sports with a pool hall, roof terrace and basement nightclub, Underdog.

Cuisine: American, Burger Joint, Diner, Pizza, Vegan, Brunch, Cocktails, African, American Fusion, BBQ & Grill, Fresh Salads, Street Food Style
Dress Code: Casual
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The New Menu at Black Dog Ballroom
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Eating food while having some drinks has its benefits and its drawbacks. The entirety of love for donner kebabs comes from the fact that most people eat them while pissed up – ensuring that you don’t notice the limp lettuce, dodgy meat and lashings of vein-clogging fats that you’re shovelling into your mouth. As a result, many pubs and bars typically tend to view their food as a complete afterthought, offering the standard pissed-up punter a burger and some steak cut oven chips or a Findus Spaghetti Bolognaise in which to soak up the Blue WKDs and continue to spend their hard-earned cash on liquids. One would assume therefore that the new menu at Black Dog Ballroom doesn’t warrant a review – as it’s primarily a drinking establishment and thus the food won’t be up to much. Well, that assumption would be incorrect, and I must say that I was pretty impressed when we went to try the grub in the NQ branch last Friday. Of course, Black Dog have always done food, and to be fair it’s always been pretty decent. Their pizzas are consistently impressive, their burgers can stand up next to most (if not all) of Manchester’s other establishments and they typically always have some form of cheeky sides that are perfect for tucking into while drinking a fancy cocktail. So, what is new then? Well – they’ve expanded some areas of the menu, tweaked here and there and added some brand-new bits to keep it all fresh and relatively exciting. They’ve expanded their nachos and fries considerably, added a couple of new starters and sides, as well as re-introducing the classic hot dogs after a couple of years away. There’s a lot going on so we endeavoured to try as much new stuff as possible and the list of things we got through was pretty impressive. To start things off we opted for the Spare Ribs and a one of their new, swanky Flatbreads – in this case the Sweetcorn, Red Onion and Pepper one. Now I should probably get this out there first – I wasn’t expecting too much from the Spare Ribs. With the likes of Cane & Grain just around the corner banging out juicy Baby Backs and St. Louis’ all over the shop, anyone looking to do ribs better make sure that they’re bloody good. I was pleased to discover that Black Dog pretty much smashed it out of the park. The ribs were not only massive but they were so meaty that I struggled to finish one, never mind the 3 that you get on your plate. The meat was soft, tender and juicy – exactly what you want from your ribs, and the sweet BBQ sauce that they were smothered in worked perfectly with the smoky meat. They were a revelation and one might be bold enough to say that they were better than what you could find at Cane & Grain. If one was bold enough that is. The Sweetcorn, Red Onion and Pepper Flatbread showcased the kitchen’s ability to create a chewy, crunchy, delicious bit of dough that their pizzas have been packing for years now. More in keeping with the New York style of base, the dough isn’t as ‘doughy’ as you’d get in places like PLY or Rudy’s – it’s crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and with that characteristic semolina crunch that you’d expect from an NY base. The veggie filling was sweet and fresh and worked well with the dough – perfect for ripping and picking at while having a few drinks. Next up were the fries, where we went for Halloumi, The Northern and Peppercorn Steak. Halloumi fries are exactly how you’d expect – proper fit and proper naughty. Their ‘Loaded’ fries come with a choice of 7 toppings and 4 types of chip (Waffle, Sweet Potato, House and Thick Cut). Stand out here were The Northern fries, which is basically chips, cheese and gravy which, as you’d expect, goes perfect with the thick cut variety of fried potato. The gravy was rich and thick, the cheese sharp and stringy – these beauties were brilliant. One thing that can be a danger with thick cut chips is the odd rogue un-cooked bit that ruins the rest – well we didn’t have that problem here. The chips were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle – I just couldn’t stop eating the bloody things. If you only order one bit of food at Black Dog – make sure it’s these. Next up was the Goats Cheese & Mushroom Burger which comes adorned with a proper slab of Goats Cheese alongside a big portobello mushroom, bun and a bit of what tasted like a lovely sweet red onion chutney. We decided to go for this veggie option, not only because it’s new but because we love cheese. Well this beaut doesn’t disappoint and it acts as an excellent alternative for vegetarians who still want some burger action. They also offer a lovely sounding Curried Chickpea Burger which comes with halloumi but we didn’t try it because we were rather curried out from a previous meal. Next time though! Finally, we tucked into the Ruben Hot Dog which was rather substantial in both length and girth and came topped with caramelized onion, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a sweet relish. Black Dog took hot dogs off the menu for a bit but I’m glad they’re back – this was very messy but very good with the 100% beef smoky sausage working perfectly with the sweetness of the relish, with a satisfying salty crunch of the sauerkraut and Swiss cheese at the end. Lovely stuff. By now we were too full to try anything else but let me assure you that the menu is impressively varied and impressively delivered. There’s something for everyone really but if you’re struggling, here’s my recommendation: get those fit Northern fries, some Spare Ribs and a few cocktails and you’ll have the best of times.
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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Hosted a private event here, the staff and the venue were absolutely fantastic. I had about 50 people there and it worked perfectly!

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Great service from on the phone to at the bar

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Used the private ballroom for a party, great space, staff were helpful, food was good and they accommodated dietary requirements, would definitely recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

The room is great for a private function. Karaoke room was an added bonus and everyone had a great night. Food was great a good change from regular buffet. The room however could do with a lick of paint and the toilets could do with some TLC but this didn’t spoil the night! Would definitely recommend this room to friends for a private party.

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Visited On Monday, 21 January 2019

Good place. Straight forward, decent food. Mondays are a flippin bargain

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Service was extremely slow, there seemed to be several people behind the bar doing nothing and the girl that was serving was incredibly slow - took 15 to get served and I was 2nd in the cue!! The table I booked wasn’t big enough so had to request an another table was added, the light above the table was also broken which I had to request was changed. The food (although warned it would take up to 30 minutes) finally came out after 40/45 and only then was I told they had run out of one of the dishes. The food quality was very average - 2 people got salt and pepper chicken pizzas but there seemed to be a lack of chicken on the pizza and therefore left a spicy vegtable pizza instead. The 2 sandwiches that were ordered came out luke warm... had it not been for the 50% off offer I’d have asked for my money back! Overall very poor.

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Really impressed with the food and wasn't expecting the portion sizes to be so big, literally we struggled to finish our meals. Really recommend the salt and pepper chicken pizza was fit. Good music and didn't struggle to get a pool table. Only downsides was the level of service from staff. We had to ask 3 times for the bill and we had to go to the bar for this too. It got to the point where we wondered if they actually cared if we paid or not. Staff didn't seem to care about the basics like asking if the food was ok, if there is anything else we can get you etc. People may have wanted to order deserts but how would you know if you never ask. I feel by getting staff to care you would probably be doing better as a business and have more satisfied customers. On another note the table next to us had all their food served except one person who ordered salad who waited an extra 15 mins before getting their food by which time the rest of the party had finished so not a great dining experience there either.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

The staff were so accommodating for our party, it made the experience so much smoother for us all and really allowed us to relax on the day. Thanks so much

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Enjoyed food. Fast service. Great price.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Great quality food, great staff, we had a really good day here.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 December 2018

I booked a pool table and when I attended at the booked time I was told there were no pool tables available as they had been let out to walk ins. When I pointed out that I had booked and paid in advance I was informed this had been missed. The message from the boss in the back was that it had been missed as the booking had only been made ten minutes earlier. I pointed out that this was incorrect and showed my confirmation email to demonstrate the booking had been made more than 3 hours earlier. The message then came from the back again that there was nothing that could be done and the option was to wait an hour. We received no apology but our group of three was offered two happy hour cocktails. When it was pointed out that two between three hardly seemed sensible the bartender said that was the offer. We had to request that the ‘boss’ come to speak to us rather than send messages out with the bartender. The manager emerged and again there was no apology. I asked what the point of an online booking service was when the tables were just let out to walk ins. The response from your manager was a shrug and I don’t know. The excuse of our reservation being missed was ‘it had been quiet’. The experience was disappointing firstly because our reservation and payment was completely overlooked but the poor way in which the matter was handled - no apology and an appalling explanation.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

What’s a fantastic night and the staff are owe some, I will definitely recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

Great fun, staff were really friendly and helpful

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Visited On Thursday, 20 December 2018

THANKS FOR BAGGING UP THE EXCESS FOOD . IT WAS GIVEN TO CITY CENTRE HOMELESS

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Great service. When we arrived our server introduced himself, explained how it all works and let us know that it was going to get a bit busy because they had large bookings. They were very on top of refilling drinks, there was rarely an empty glass on the table. The food was also delicious, would definitely recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

The pool table we played on needs replacing - the run of the balls was all over the place

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Another great time was had playing pool, drinking and eating 😀👍🏻

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Happy hour beer and free pool - what more could you ask for?

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Great bottomless brunch and the guy serving was great. Will definitely return.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Thanks for a good night. Staff were fantastic and catered to everything including our ridiculously large/weird drinks orders. Will definitely come again, may even consider for my wedding venue. Thanks again.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

There was a tiny bit of miscommunication, so the waiter looking after us didn't realise we hadn't ordered yet, but it wasn't really a problem and he and everyone else was so nice and we had a very good time!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

The bartender was lovely and she kept the drinks coming. It wasn't one of those finish your last drop before you get another jobbies. The food was ok, some dishes were a little cold. We kept asking for pigs in blankets as advertised. They eventually came 30 minutes after we finished our meals which was just bizarre. The server said they come out after the meal for something to pick on. Very odd.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Lovely loft restaurant. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Bad Boy Benedict was very tasty, had a good kick to it.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Great price for tasty food & drinks. Shame we could not get served at the table. We had to queue at the bar which on a Saturday evening was very busy. Therefore everyone got their food at different times. Some of which was when others had finished eating. Overall great for the price. I would go again.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Great day, needs to have a little more options on the food.

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