Situated on the ground floor of the landmark Hilton Manchester Deansgate, the Podium Restaurant, Bar and Lounge with its discreet banquette seating, dim lighting and crisp linen tablecloths has a sexy, old-school New York vibe. The restaurant serves everything from a full English breakfast through to a sophisticated international menu with local influences in the evening, overseen by Executive Chef Stuart Duff. The seasonal menu changes monthly but a typical starter might be the Duck and Pear Terrine with fig chutney, petit salad and ciabatta shard followed by Pork Belly with textures of apple, fondant potato, maple glazed roots, crackling and cider jus. There are also steaks from the grill and deli boards to share. The glamorous setting - conducive to an aperitif or two before dinner - is popular with both locals and hotel guests. Or for a room with a view, don’t miss Cloud 23.