Seattle Restaurant Openings

First Look: Capitol Hill’s Manhattan Drugs

This steak and cocktail destination opens for dinner tonight.

By Allecia Vermillion January 5, 2012


Manhattan Drugs has been softly open for cocktails, but tonight’s the night the new Capitol Hill restaurant begins dinner service. The 12th Avenue space is the latest project from Po Dog empire-builder Laura Olson, and her fiance Chris Pardo (who are also quite busy in Ballard).

According to Pardo, full dinner runs from 6 until 11 tonight, but cocktails carry on till 2am. Like many new neighborhood spots, Manhattan Drugs is an all-day affair; brunch service will begin next Saturday, and lunch on January 16.

Formerly (and briefly) home to Izilla Toys, Manhattan Drugs gets its name from a longtime Normandy Park pharmacy that shuttered in 2009. Pardo and business partner Corey St. John came across the pharmacy’s neon sign last year and became inspired. The menu is heavy on steak and steakhouse fare, but reportedly features one hell of a burger and other hefty classics like mac and cheese and pork belly sliders (technically not a classic, but probably should be). Click through to our slideshow for more details on the decor, including the restaurant’s unofficial mascot, a custom piece of art featuring a ram and some heavy weaponry.

UPDATE: Pardo was kind enough to pass along some additional info. The restaurant’s executive chef is Khampaeng Panyathong, who masterminded the menu at sibling venue Grim’s and, according to earlier reports, has worked at Spring Hill and The Herbfarm. Mark Bowman is running the kitchen. In addition to the four steak offerings, a mix of meat and seafood entrees run $17 to $27. And that burger people are raving about? It’s topped with tomato jam, white cheddar, truffle aioli, arugula, and fried leeks.

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