Made at Manna’s
Hecho en Manna’s

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Made at Manna’s

Story and photos by Mónica Barnkow

The restaurant was established in 1984.

The restaurant was established in 1984.

Heaven is here.

Manna’s Restaurant, which was established in 1984, offers the good stuff.

The eatery at the 2331 Frederick Douglas location features a large self-serve soul food and salad bar.

It is one of 7 Manna’s Restaurants throughout the city, with 4 in Harlem and 3 in Brooklyn.

The buffet’s trays are filled with soul staples such as mac and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, ribs, pig feet, candied yams, and rice and beans.

“[People] come here for the variety and the customer service,” explained manager Wayne Zanders, who has worked at Manna’s for 4 years.

The eatery is also a haven for vegetarians, with an abundant selection of salads, grilled vegetables and fresh pastas.

Seafood for all.

Seafood for all.

There is also a separate fish and chips section, where patrons can choose from fried whiting fish sandwiches and platters of shrimp and chips, and even oysters and chips.

For Mike Thompson, who has been a regular since 2009, it is all about the seafood.

Manna’s is where he takes his lunch break when doing work in the city.

“Friday is a good day. They have a lot of fish,” explained Thompson, with his favorite fish sandwich in one hand, and a can of ginger ale in the other.

He was far from alone.

“[People] come from all over,” explained Zanders. “We have a lot of regulars from within the community, and tourists too.”

Oliver Craig and his son, Conor, were visiting from London.

Oliver Craig and his son, Conor, were visiting from London.

Oliver Craig and his son, Conor, were the latter. The duo was visiting from London and, after touring the Apollo Theater nearby, they had chosen Manna’s for their last meal in the Big Apple.

Their tour director at the theater had suggested Manna’s, and they were glad for the recommendation.

“The food is very good,” reported Conor as he savored a full plate with yellow rice, broccoli and peppers.

Derrick Marcelle is a die-hard regular. He frequents the restaurant about 5 to 6 times per week, sometimes on his own, sometimes with friends.

“It is like a home-cooked meal,” said Marcelle, digging into his lunch of baked chicken, collards, rice and corn bread.

“It is a pleasant place,” said David Murray.

“It is a pleasant place,” said David Murray.

David Murray’s perspective is as unique as are his many roles at Manna’s. A Harlemite through and through, Murray was born and raised in the neighborhood and now serves as one of one of the kitchen’s cooks. He also bakes, creating sweet confections such as the best-selling carrot and red velvet cakes, as well as mini sweet potato pies.

“The morale is always high here. Customers come in and enjoy,” he said. “It is a pleasant place.”

Manna’s Restaurant
2353 Fredrick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
212.749.9084
www.mannasnyc.com
http://bit.ly/1ASqOT6

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take-out and seating options are available, as is catering for all occasions.

Hecho en Manna’s

Historia y fotos por Mónica Barnkow

“It is a pleasant place,” said David Murray.

“Es un lugar placentero”, dijo David Murray.

El cielo está aquí.

El Restaurante Manna’s, el cual fue establecido en el 1985, ofrece cosas buenas.

El restaurante en su ubicación en el 2331 Frederick Douglas presenta una gran cantidad de alimentos para el alma de autoservicio y ensaladas.

Es uno de siete Restaurantes Manna’s a lo largo de la ciudad, con 4 en Harlem y 3 en Brooklyn.

Las bandejas del buffet están llenas de alimentos para el alma como macarrones con queso, ensaladas, pollo frito, costillas, patas de cerdo, batata dulce y arroz con habichuelas.

“La gente viene por la variedad y el servicio al cliente”, explicó su gerente Wayne Zanders, quien ha trabajado en Manna’s por cuatro años.

Mike Thompson has been a regular since 2009.

Mike Thompson ha sido un visitante regular desde el 2009.

El restaurante también es un cielo para los vegetarianos, con una abundante selección de ensaladas, vegetales asados y pastas frescas.

También hay una sección separada de pescado y patatas fritas, donde los clientes pueden escoger desde emparedados de pescado frito a platos de camarones y patatas fritas, y hasta ostras y patatas fritas.

Para Mike Thompson, quien ha sido regular desde el 2009, es todo acerca de los mariscos.

Manna’s es donde el almuerza cuando hace trabajos en la ciudad.

“El viernes es un buen día. Tienen mucho pescado”, explicó Thompson, con su favorito — el emparedado de pescado en una mano y una lata de ginger-ale en la otra.

Estaba lejos de estar solo.

Oliver Craig and his son, Conor, were visiting from London.

Oliver Craig y su hijo, Conor, estaban visitando desde Londres.

“La gente viene de todas partes”, explicó Zanders. “Tenemos muchos regulares de la comunidad y también turistas”.

Oliver Craig y su hijo, Conor, eran de los últimos. El dúo estaba visitando desde Londres y luego de visitar el cercano Teatro Apollo, escogieron Manna’s para su última comida en la Gran Manzana.

El director de excusiones en el teatro había sugerido Manna’s y estaban contentos por la recomendación.

“La comida es muy buena”, dijo Conor mientras saboreaba un plato entero de arroz amarillo, brócoli y pimientos.

Derrick Marcelle es un asiduo regular. Frecuenta el restaurante cerca de 5 a 6 veces a la semana, algunas veces solo, otras con amigos.

“Es como una comida hecha en casa”, dijo Marcelle, deleitándose con su almuerzo de pollo frito, ensalada, arroz y pan de maíz.

Just as good when cold.

Aun frio es bueno.

La perspectiva de David Murray es tan única como lo son sus muchos roles en Manna’s. De Harlem de pies a cabeza, Murray nació y se crió en el vecindario, y ahora sirve como uno de los cocineros en la cocina. También hornea, creando dulces confecciones tales como los bizcochos más vendidos de zanahoria y ‘red velvet’, como también las tartas en miniatura de batata dulce.

“Aquí la moral siempre está bien alta. Los clientes vienen y disfrutan”, dijo. “Es un lugar placentero”.

Restaurante Manna’s
2353 Fredrick Douglas Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
(212)749-9084
www.mannasnyc.com
http://bit.ly/1ASqOT6

Las horas de operaciones son de lunes a sábados de 11 a.m. a 9 p.m. y domingos de 11 a.m. a 8 p.m. Hay disponible para llevar y para sentarse, como catering para todas ocasiones.