Antica (Ancora)

4.7
293 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Antica(Ancora),located in 8 Stone street Historic District of lower Manhattan and Financial District. It opened in 2004. Executive Chef Luis Barezi brings an innovative touch to traditional ingredients with dishes from all the regions of Italy, all paired with a wine spectator award winning wine list. The restaurant's signature dishes include tutto crudo, fresh pecorino ravioli, veal chop alla milanese. Other specialties include table side preparations caesar salad, branzino fish, rack of lamb and displayed desserts. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are offered.
For parties of 12 or more ,Antica offers a group dining menu and private room .
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Miami
31 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience. The only issue was the food was heavy on the salt.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal, Geni gave us wonderful service and a fantastic evening.

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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. The antipasto at the beginning and bread is a very nice touch. The wine suggested was great. My kids split angel hair pasta and both liked it. My wife had the pesto gnocchi and I had the chicken Marsala. It was all spot on and piping hot. The wait staff was super attentive and Geni did a fantastic job taking care of us. The apricot grappa on the house was also phenomenal. Don’t hesitate to stop by Antica for some great food when downtown in NYC.

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I’ve been to Antica and what I have to say I’m most impressed with is the consistency. I’ve now tasted the Carbonara and the Mushroom Risotto twice and both times they were incredibly flavorful. The wait staff is amazing. Very playful and very glad to have you. Geni in particular was very fun as our server.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner experience. Perfectly prepared food, so tasty and fresh. Pricey, all things considered, but not unreasonable. Will come back!

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KM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent in my opinion! I did not rate outstanding just because New Yorkers can have extremely high standards. But I would recommend this restaurant to anyone without hesitation.
Authentic Italian cuisine, light, flavorful. Excellent table service. Lovely and quiet when we were there on a Sunday night so ideal for our business meal. the only drawback to me is that the restrooms are a trek, out of restaurant into hotel lobby, up the elevator to the 2nd floor. Such a fancy restaurant should really consider restrooms closer.
I will definitely go here again when in NY for business. We had the specials which were pricier than most of the menu, but our bad for not asking the price. I would have still ordered it though and it was delicious--swordfish livornese.

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1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giorgio and the rest of the staff were amazing!
Food was delicious. Would highly recommend!

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

After a 5 minute or so wait for our Saturday night reservation, we were shown to a tiny table next to a pillar. Service was slow and perfunctory. We started with sparking water ($9.00 for a 1 L bottle). My wife said she might have a glass of wine later, but we were never offered a list, so we passed. The place was quite loud. The tables were so close that the hood of another guest's coat draped on her seatback rested on our table. The food was tasty (red snapper and veal picata) and arrived hot.
Some time after our plates were removed, a waiter finally came by and asked if we wanted anything else. I asked for a dessert menu, and he replied "We have cheesecake and chocolate mousse" We were not offered coffee or tea. And, did I say, the place was LOUD? Two dinners, 1 soup, 1 appetizer, 1 Pelegrino, no alcohol: about $120. A little pricy for a lackluster experience, IMHO.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, food was great so was the wine. Georgio was an amazing host. Best Italian meal in Manhattan! Love the place!!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with family in town for the weekend. When we got there, we were seated near the bar which was pretty noisy until the private party started, and then it quieted right down. The service was excellent, the food was great, I was surprised it was so good being inside a hotel. Kind of a small area and might be a little cramped when it’s full up. Definitely would recommend it. Also, Google maps is not helpful trying to find it. It’s inside the Doubletree Hotel on Stone Street.

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ZV
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch place in FiDi - amazing staff . Spectacular presentation of daily specials. Have been there 5 times and never looked at the menu - specials do not disappoint!

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New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were at Antica for a business dinner. It was a great experience. Georgio was an excellent server and my guest thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I had the seared Ahi Tuna Steak and it was great. Everyone else enjoyed their dinners and appetizers and well - Jack

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service was awesome! We will be back.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for a late lunch 2 years ago and enjoyed it so much we had to stop by again on another visit to Wall Street recently. It was such a treat. The staff is incredibly attentive, Geni took great care of us! Delicious appetizers, homemade pasta and perfect deserts and cappuccino to end. It is a treat for us but it is comfortable enough to bring our kids, who loved it too. Well he back!

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G
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and fantastic food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff made us feel welcome and appreciated, even on an otherwise busy night (Valentines Day). Special shout out to Stefano, who was an absolute pleasure.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little Italian spot on open table and the service here was outstanding. Stefano was one of the best waiters I’ve ever had along with the rest of the staff. The food was delicious, they had a special menu for Valentine’s Day and my only suggestion is they add that menu to full time. Definitely will be back

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating our first Valentines Day. The Food, service, area was beyond of what we expected. Stephon was very professional and the rest of the staffs as well. Definitely coming back.

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MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Business lunch

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DS
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giorgio and Stefano are excellent waiters and often checked in on us to see if we needed anything.
The Carbonara and Risotto are delicious!
Thank you for a lovely birthday dinner.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was referred by a client of mine to this amazing Italian restaurant. Food and service was absolutely stunning. Over all we felt very special when we saw that the owner was actually walking around and checking if everything was good. Loved the atmosphere! Will be back for sure.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely hospitable with welcome snacks upon arrival and a complimentary after dinner flavored grappa! Great service with at times 3-4 people tending the table.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very Attentive Staff but let us all relax and enjoy out meal.

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Derive was terrible. Sat for almost 40 min before our order was taken. A four top was sat after us and got their food and left before we even got our entree course. The manager came and asked us how our meal was before we even got our appetizers. Our server refused to come back to our table after taking our first order and we ended up having a buser take our entree order and the check had to be taken care of my a manager. This was a terrible experience and was incredibly unwelcoming.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stefano was our server, and took great care of my party. We were a large party of 13 on a rainy day. All of my clients enjoyed the meal and were impressed with the soothing and classy atmosphere, and attentive but not intrusive service. Delicious food and great selection.

Truly a hidden gem of a restaurant.

Definitely will be back! Thank you, Stefano & team. We had a lovely time.

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JG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had eaten at Ancora in their old location about 10 years ago and loved it. Shortly after when I wanted to return they had disappeared. I stumbled on their new name and location and decided to see if it was still as good as before. I entertained a large group of my business colleagues there with dinner and everyone gave it a big thumbs up. I will definitely return and would highly recommend.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful

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MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giorgio was fantastic! He was warm and welcoming and attentive to us. He really made the experience at Antica (Ancora) unforgettable. We will be back!

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NR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a really good Italian restaurant but I must say this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve been to in a long time. We will definitely be visiting again. Service was great , food was awesome and the atmosphere was perfect. Our waiter Mr. G was extremely friendly and courteous. It’s a must visit for sure if you haven’t been here. I just hope they stick around for a long time.
Thank you Antica for your extraordinary hospitality.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My office is practically across the street. I had a lovely lunch with an employee there. She is vegetarian and I am gluten-free and we had a delicious lunch. The service was fantastic and everything was delightful.

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VV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Please accept my reservation- I appeared a bit delayed and we sat at the table in the front area with my dare. I would appreciate the points...and will definitely be back.
Thank you.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My aunt and I enjoyed a wonderful meal- Giorgio was a delight!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Food, service and ambiance was magnificent! Would definitely go back there again!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stephano and his team provided our family with a wonderfully memorable dinner experience during our visit to NYC. From the complementary hors devours, tasty authentic soups and dishes (make sure to try the lobster bisque), and cheesecake we were impressed at both the quality and value. You can tell the staff truly cares and works hard to provide a great dining experience.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Delicous Italian Food and Service was just amazing ! Sammy is a great host ! Strongly recommend this restaurant!

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ! . I work only two blocks away and I ‘ve been going here for lunch for long time . Food and service is top notch. The start appetizer fried zucchini , cheese , salami is all time complimentary. Great meal all time.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service! My table that I'd reserved wasn't ready, so the host comped my drink and appetizers. The food was excellent, and the service was second to none. I've marked this as among my favorite restaurants.

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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place! But why is it listed on opentable with $$. For three, with 2-3 drinks apiece, it was $80 each. The waiters are charming, we were charming in return (or tried to be), so maybe we got some things on the house. We were quite satisfied with dinner and the price; but the place is not cheap.

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KG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica is an absolute gem. The food and service is always impeccable. Ask to see their pepper mill, even that exceeds expectations!

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I ate with three friends at Antica in August, and we thought the food and service was excellent. We arrived hot, tired and hungry and were immediately served delicious free hot appetizers of chunks of parmesan, fried zucchini and hot peppers, and bread. The waiters hovered refilling our wine glasses and when our main dishes arrived each of us thought the food was excellent. NOT SO when I ate there in November. I had been looking forward to this meal; my husband did not feel well, so I ate alone and ordered “take-out” to bring to him at our hotel. My appetizers were delivered cold and greasy. I asked for olive oil for my bread and it never arrived. My main dish (shirmp fra diavelo) was pasty from corn starch, unappetizing and served with only four small pieces of roasted potatoes, which were cold. The waiters ignored me. No one asked if my food was okay or if I wanted another glass of wine. I had ordered a steak to bring back to my husband. This did arrive soon after I finished eating. Back in the hotel room, the steak, which if I remember right cost over $40, was full of gristle, and if we had been at the restaurant it would have been sent back to the kitchen. The asparagus side dish, which cost $9, was four spears of asparagus. Was I treated badly because I was a woman alone? It felt that way, because I observed plenty of waiters attending to others. The head waiter was at the door within view of me and he never once came to my table or looked my way. I cannot recommend this restaurant, in fact, I would say: stay away!

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