Foodie’s guide to prom night success

Meredith Comas, Online Editor-in-Chief

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Prom night, an evening of glamour, music and the finer elements of high school life. While prom includes a multitude of different aspects of a fun night — the outfits, the pictures, the playlist, the location — there’s always that one that can make or break any evening: the food.

No worry to the local prom attendees, though. Manhattan is home to many great culinary spots for a foodie’s night on the town, whether you’re looking for up-scale refinement or quirky deliciousness, the Little Apple has something to suit your fancy.



  • Home to a 4.7 Google star rating, the former home of life-long Manhattanite Harry Pratt Wareham — who provided the Manhattan community with the establishment of its telephone system as well as the Wareham theatre — is known for its unique, American cuisine located in the historic Wareham Hotel. According to Harry’s website, featuring a menu of  “hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, along with a nice selection of from-scratch specialty menu items” and a venue engrossed in Manhattan history and “warm memorable elegance,” the restaurant has received numerous awards from Open Table, “Midwest Living Magazine,” Best Chefs of America, “Travel + Leisure Magazine” and more. While on the more expensive side of prom-night dining, Harry’s is the place for a foodie searching for a classic Manhattan experience.

Coco Bolos

  • Serving the Manhattan community for over 20 years with their wood-fired grill and a 4.4 Google star rating, Coco Bolos New Mexican cuisine is surrounded in a vibrant locality that, according to their website, will “surround your senses of sight, sound and flavor” through their “open-exhibit” kitchen, bright mosaics and so-called “spicy music.” Their menu, made up of Gulf Coast, South Texas and Southern New Mexico flavors, is available through midnight and caters to vegetarian and vegan diets. With most menu items priced under $20, Coco Bolos is an affordable taste of Mexican vibrancy in the Little Apple.  

Wine Dive + Kitchen

  • Located downtown in the historic Marshall Theatre Building at 4th and Houston, Wine Dive + Kitchen is a creative taste of local elegance. It’s 4.5 star Google rating is a product of an extensive menu made up of starters, sandwiches, seafood and entrees, all priced at around $20 to $30. While relatively new to the Manhattan community, Wine Dive is sure to bring a tasteful night of good food and class.

AJ’s NY Pizzeria

  • A staple of Manhattan cuisine, AJ’s has a classic Big Apple atmosphere all while sitting in the heart of the Little Apple’s downtown. A 4.5 Google star rated menu is filled with classic pizza recipes, salads, subs, wings and more caters to vegetarian and gluten-free diets. While more cool and casual than other restaurants, AJ’s is perfect for a fun, quirky night and is conveniently located next to the mall — Manhattan High’s long-time prom venue. Most items are priced at around $10 dollars and can be a great host for a group or a date to spend their time before the dance.
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