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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 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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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Service was great and really quick but all of the poached eggs were hard and cold.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

Fabulous brunch. We are definitely coming back!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

The booked table we had was supposed to be clean, but we found it dirty despite the manager apparently cleaning it himself

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Excellent service and great food. We had the bottomless brunch and it was brilliant.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

Superb service for our day of NFL Great food n drink!

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Great service on the day!

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Great night thanks for having us...see you in December.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Server/manager was very attentive, never waited for a drink, food was quick and really good quality

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Visited On Thursday, 25 October 2018

Great quiz organisation

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Fantastic night! Great food. Good time had by all!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We booked the rooftop terrace for our UK wedding reception having got married abroad. The room was lovely and with a few additional bits of decoration really looked great. The staff were fantastic. Emma, the manager, was so helpful and happy to go through things with us as many times as we needed (and we needed to go through it quite a bit- I was a slightly stressed out bride!) and the bar staff were so sweet. Food was great, no complaints there and very reasonable. We bought drinks vouchers for all our guests and that went down really well and is a great option. All in all a great night was had by all and we would certainly recommend the Black Dog Ballroom to anyone for their event.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Great value for money, impressed with how easy it was to book, great sociable snack food, music gets very loud and difficult to talk after a certain time

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Great venue, great atmosphere, loved the music! Only slight development area was that one of the staff members behind the bar obviously didn't want to be there which didn't help the mood. He wasn't rude just short and disinterested.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

The food was nice but when I made the booking I said we had 2 vegetarians in the party and to make sure there were vegi options. The vegi options on the night consisted of 2 sliders (so one each) 4 tiny vegi kebabs (2 each and hardly filling) and one cheese and tomato pizza which because it was put out first before any of the other pizzas all the none vegis had a slice and one of the vegis didn't even get to have any. When I explained what had happened to a staff member and asked if there was any more vegi pizza I was told "no that's it now for your booking." So the vegetarians in our party had to fill up on chips and nachos. I was really disappointed considering I had actually paid the price for 16 meat eaters (I notice your vegi buffet option is actually cheaper). Other than that the atmosphere in the venue was good and the drinks were really good.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Second time of hiring this particular room at Black Dog NWS and it did not disappoint. Great atmosphere and the event ran smoothly without issue. Food was great and there was plenty choice and the drinks selection accommodated for everyone who attended. The bar staff were fantastic and a great night was had by all. Would definitely hire the venue again and recommend it to anyone.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

I was disappointed with the karaoke room. It’s badly presented and the machine was difficult to use (and filthy!) Drinks were good but as there was only one person serving we had to wait a long time. The only good think about the booking was we could have the room for a large group, making it reasonable value for money.

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Hi Cassandra Thanks for your feedback - our karaoke room will be undergoing some refurbishment work soon. We're glad you felt it was good value for money and hope you'll join us again after the work has been done. - Black Dog

Responded On Sunday, 30 September 2018
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