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Posted by FoodieNYC on 03/04/2011
In response to "downtownemployee", I must say that you do not really know good Italian food when you taste it. Although the owners are Albanian from Italy, the food is classic, delicious and the service is phenomenal. I would HIGHLY recommend the meat there, steaks are delicious, pasta was great & excellent prosciutto. Molto bene, grazie mille!
Posted by holiday lunch on 12/18/2008
a group of 11 of us went there yesterday. the waiters were quick to serve us wine and bottled water. by the time the menus arrived, guests were getting tipsy. by the time appetizers showed up, guests were sloshed. we sat down at 12:30..we left at 3:30! we complained so many times on the delay. the chicken and sausage dish had complaints, but the chillean sea bass special was delicious. i don't know if they were swamped becasue of the holiday, but it was not pleasant.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2007
The food is very good, portions huge (I have never finished a dish). The free appetizers are wonderful and the parmesan cheese chunks fresh always. The service is often overbearing but typical of this kind of place. I would defintely recommend it. By far the best italian in the financial district.
Posted by downtown employee on 12/21/2006
After reading the reviews on these pages i was excited to hear that the boss was taking us to Ancora for a holiday lunch. Unfortunately ny excitement turned to disappointment once the food was served. The bottom line is: if you like the restaurants on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, then you will probably love this place. I prefer a more authentic "italian" meal and a better atmostphere.
Posted by Jewel on 11/15/2006
I have eaten dinner there, and have now entertained three large groups, and the experience is always equal to the first. Make sure you stop by and see Tony Fantastico - he'll treat you like family; non-stop food, excellent quality, great portions, but beware, dining at Ancora during a night you're in a hurry will ruin your experience. Visit when you have a few hours to spare.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2006
This is certainly the best Italian RESTAURANT in this city. Do not go to Mulberry Street if you want real service, cordiality and excellent food. I've been to different places in NYC, Rome, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, and sincerely, there were no better place than this. I went there on a regular weekday, Friday lunch and I had a delicious prosciutto salad, a Vongole Linguini, followed by coffee cake with anisette and cappuccino. Waiters were very cordial and I would say it is very difficult to find a service quality like this in this city, where waiters think we owe them something. You go to Ancora and you'll feel like a real Capo. Call and make reservation before going.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2006
The food was phenomenal and the service unbelievable. I was very suprised. We didn't even order appetizers because they brought out so much food for free (including cheeses, fried eggplant, etc). The portions were very large but be aware that the non-pasta dishes don't come with any pasta or anything besides the meat, etc. It can be a bit pricey, but they offer some gift certificates. It's well worth it.