From the outside, Ryan’s on York, 712 York St., Manitowoc, looks like a typical bar and grill. Step inside and you feel that vibe too, but then a quick look at the menu changes your whole perspective.
Instead of typical sandwiches, burgers and fries, you’ll see fare normally found at a Greek or Korean restaurant.
“You think it will be standard pub food, but there’s Korean flavors, the gyros. It’s not what you expect it to be, but the food is great,” says Peter Wills, executive director of Progress Lakeshore.
The appetizer menu includes Wisconsin standards such as chicken wings, but also the unexpected. Unconventional favorites include the Shishito Poppers, which are tiny, sweet Korean peppers hand dipped to order in beer batter topped with seasoned parmesan crumbs, and Greek Fries, which feature gyro meat, parmesan cheese, tzatziki sauce, and diced tomatoes and onions.
The house specialties are just as unique, including Korean Tacos featuring pork with finely shredded cabbage, cucumber yogurt sauce and pickled carrots inside a thinly rolled flatbread. The Cuban Pork includes “mojo” pork tenderloin with bacon, grilled ham, cheddar, pickles, finely shredded cabbage and a slightly spicy remoulade on house bread.
The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m., but as the day wears on, Ryan’s tagline “A Place for Social Provisions” becomes more prominent with its focus on craft beers, staying open until bar close from Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, Ryan’s closes at 10 p.m. The restaurant is closed Mondays.