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Manhattan Restaurant Review: Vegas in La Jolla? Manhattan in the Empress Hotel is a Rat Pack kind of place, the sort of restaurant where you see suit-clad men wining and dining pretty ladies, and tuxedoed waiters serving Caesar salads tableside. Ol’ blue eyes himself can be heard on the classic soundtrack while you choose between a variety of steaks and Italian specialties. The menu includes hearty pastas, a serious veal chop and tiramisu. Manhattan seems to be a favorite spot for anniversaries and engagements, perhaps due to the dim and romantic lighting. But anyone in search of privacy, a good steak or both will enjoy. End the evening with a nightcap and dessert in one with The Whaler, a chocolatey ice cream cocktail with brandy, Kahlúa, crème de cacao and vanilla ice cream. Live jazz with Tad Sisler fills the scene Thursday through Saturday.