So this is Christmas, as the songs goes, but that doesn’t mean food and drink news has stopped around our fair city. We’ve rounded up all the news including 2-4-1 bagels at Eat New York, new restaurants from Gary Usher and La Boca, and a new lager festival to make sure that you can look forward to 2019 with excitement.

2-4-1 Bagels today only at Manchester’s Eat New York
Bag yourself two bagels for the price of one when you eat in today only (Tuesday 11 December) at our favourite bagel place in the Northern Quarter. The offer includes all their amazing bagels. Choose from salt beef, Reuben (house pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing), ‘crab shack’ (crab claw, bacon, avocado), vegan Bagel Ganoush (tempura aubergine, chipotle, smoked baba ganoush), and home cured lox (salmon) and cream cheese – and loads more. They’re also running a 2-4-1 Christmas cocktail deal, between now and Christmas. Drinks are available between 5 and 10pm, Tuesday to Friday.
Eat New York Bagel Shop, 64 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 4AL. 2-4-1 bagels, Tue 11 Dec only, 2-4-1 cocktails Tue – Fri, 5-10pm until Christmas,

February Launch for Gary Usher’s new Elite Bistro, Kala
The much anticipated King Street restaurant from Gary Usher has got a launch month and a head chef. Taking over from the old Whistles store, Kala, the sixth restaurant in Usher’s Elite Bistro empire, will be headed up by Zhelyazko Zhelyazkov, previously of two Michelin star Moor Hall, and will apparently have a bit of a more modern vibe than Usher’s other restaurants. For more updates, Usher’s twitter feed will no doubt provide continuous coverage.
Kala, King Street, for updates follow @kala_manchester

Irvine Welsh DJ set at Electrik for FREE
Electrik has been making quite the name for itself by getting celebs to man the decks of an evening. Following the likes of Maxine Peake and Miranda Sawyer, Wednesday 19 December sees the folks welcoming Trainspotting author, Irvine Welsh for a special Christmas version of their DJ night.
Wed 19 Dec, Electrik, 559 Wilbraham ROAd, Manchester M21 0AE, TEL: 0161 881 3315,

New charcuterie La Boca in Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter keeps ticking off all the food and drink staples, and latest is Turner Street welcoming La Boca which promises a cafe bar and charcuterie for those of a Spanish leaning. Their twitter feed is still encouraging people of interest to apply to work there so there’s limited news but this is one to keep an eye on.
La Boca, 14 Turner Street, Northern Quarter Manchester, M4 1DZ, follow @labocaham for updates.

Manchester House reopens as restaurant MCR
More news of already trailed restaurants as Aiden Byrne’s return to Manchester House has led to a rename. restaurant MCR (the lower case ‘r’ is intentional) will offer either 6 or 12 course tasting menus and is open this week, just in time for a Christmas splurge. Offering a reinvention of classic cuisine and concentrating on ‘the warmth of its welcome’. It may well take until January before the arguments over Michelin stars start. Click here to read our full preview.
Restaurant MCR, 18-22 Bridge StREET, Manchester M3 3BZ. Tel: 0161 835 2557,

New Lager Festival: We Are Lager at Upper Campfield Market
The forgotten drink in the craft beer revolution is set to become the star of its very own festival. We Are Lager, a festival celebrating the amber fizzy tipple, will be turning up at Upper Campfield Market in April aiming to show that lager has more to it once you skip past the Fosters and the Stella. Click here to read our full preview.
Thu 5 – Sun 7 Apr,  Upper Campfield Market, Manchester, M3 4NN. £8-11

Tue 11 Dec - Sun 7 Apr
Joe Daly
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Tue 11 Dec 2018