34 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.737891 -74.004211
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
DMANBURGER "Anfora" – When scribes first leaked this "offshoot of Dell’ Anima” story, I expected it to be some secondary wine bar with limited personality! To the contrary, Anfora is in a class of its own. Anfora-named after the ancient urn used to carry vintner’s nectar, offers some unique wines to savor: like the Chateau Masur, a light ruby textured blend which is made by a man who routinely dodges gunfire in Lebanon, to an Austrian crisp dry white- Nicolaihof Wachau, reflecting its maker’s experience that dates back 2000 years.
Vibrant young owner Joe Campanale is involved in many ventures-he’s also currently owner of Dell’ Anima and L’Artusi. Campanale is front of house, his personality like many of the wines that he serves, is full of life and passion, he enthusiastically circulates the room chatting and greeting guests. With brick walls and the scent of fresh leather, Anfora features an open bar, with large dark mauve colored over-sized couches, with low cocktail bar tables.
The main bar is accompanied by a bartender and a chef, they serve up a menu featuring small tastings like; sliced aged Speck, various cheeses, bread +butter pickles, Penne all’Amatriciana Crostata, Grilled Cheese with onions and Lamb Sliders.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Wine bars get a bad rap as hangouts for insufferable wine nerds, but the typical customers here are the alternate-universe SATC characters talking over each over in the curvy booths, or the twosomes at the bar deciding whether or not they're going to sleep with one another after one too many Lambruscos. The by-the-glass wine, like the models who occasionally stride past the door, is mostly imported-- the expected Beaujolais, Riojas, etc., plus some interesting options, like a Cuve Rouge from Lebanon. The weighty tome that lists all the wines by the bottle includes lengthy bios of every winemaker--a caveat, it seems, the few winerds hidden amongst this array of well-kept women.
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