These two establishments are highlights of KC’s bar and restaurant scene. The food at 1924 was surprising, fresh, and delicious, while the setting is very retro Kansas City which I love. Vintage tile floors, rich wood, brick, but it has a nice current/modern feel to it. I had the three-course meal with wine pairings and I loved every bit of it – especially the starter which was a braised pork ravioli in a delicious light sauce. This was a couple months ago, and their menu changes seasonally so don’t expect to find this dish if you dine there.
Manifesto, on the other hand, has a very different feel. It is a speakeasy bar in the lower level of 1924 Main. They don’t market, so it is a word-of-mouth type place where they have some really entertaining etiquette rules. The drink menu here is nothing short of astounding. I had their take on a margarita which had nothing in common with a traditional margarita except for the tequila. This drink was light and savory – I have never had anything like it. It was made with the herb sage, and fresh lime and a really, really cool tall rectangular ice wedge that was the height of the glass. With as much care they put into the details here, I am sure it was carefully and scientifically made to melt perfectly into the drink. Mixology…
So if you are feeling like trying something fresh and new, either of these places will certainly please you.
(Photo by the talented Matthew Collins from Present Magazine article which you should read! Story is very interesting and his photos really bring the restaurants to life)