Manitowoc is a pretty small city located in the Northwestern part of the state right next to Lake Michigan. If you find yourself in town, or anywhere near Manitowoc you should take yourself to Ryan’s on York. Ryan’s on York is a tiny bar with an even tinier kitchen, but an extensive list of craft beer in bottles and cans and a few taps. The menu is the perfect size full of Asian fusion and some choices for the not as adventurous. The prices are so low that you’ll probably be tempted to order way too much, I know we did.
First, start with the meat meltaways ($8- Crispy, tender, pork pieces from the ends of smoked pork shoulder, tossed in your choice of sauce; Buffalo, Teriyaki, Barbeque, Spicy Thai Chili, or Kimchee Piri) these are hard to share, each piece is perfectly crispy on the outside, and melts in your mouth just like the name implies.
We also shared their fries, they have 7 variations of fries making it incredibly hard to choose. They range from $2-$5 for a single order to $4-$7 for a double order depending on what they’re loaded with (for example the smokey fries are $7 for a double order, but have BBQ glazed pork burnt ends, cheddar cheese and onion.)
We had a single order of Bangkok fries ($4 Hand cut fries with Thai chili, swabi sauce, peanut sauce, and green onion) the combination of sauces was perfect, the heat from the chili perfectly complemented the peanut sauce.
I had the Forbidden Naan ($9 – Black forbidden fried rice, seared chicken breast, shaved cabbage, garlic aioli, pickled carrots, fresh jalapeno and green onion, served on a garlic naan bread) and I couldn’t believe how big it was, it was like a giant naan burrito and not at all what I was expecting. It packed a whole lot of flavor into each bite.
AJ ordered the Spicy Chicken Bowl ($10 – Sauteed chicken, onion, peppers and garlic with crispy pan fried noodles. Finished with a sweet and spicy sauce topped with pickled carrots and green onion) the pan fried noodles added the perfect amount of crunch, and the flavors were incredible. We swapped dishes half way and honestly I could only eat about 5 bites of the spicy chicken bowl before the heat became too much, it definitely has a heat that builds with each bite. It’s delicious, but definitely spicy.
Everything was incredible and I can’t wait to go back and try more off of their menu. If you’re in Manitowoc make sure to check out Ryan’s on York, 712 York Street.