Anchor Bar - NYC

3.9
13 reviews
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$30 and under
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On a Friday night in 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience this new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar. The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate Buffalo Wings, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa’s the proclaimed “Best Wings in the World.”
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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit I have nothing to complain about at all

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RS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything good here especially the help. The food was good and reliable and ambiance low key on a slow cold night. Tons of TVs showing lots of sports and ambiance as a sports bar should be. But the standout here was the service. Such nice people. I'm a NYer and did not expect smiling faces, attentive service and concern for our satisfaction. Bravo.

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PR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As a Buffalo native it's pretty fun. The beef on weck doesn't taste the way it does up North but the wings are on point.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I really hate leaving bad reviews, but our experience was not worth $35 a person for the food we got... We waited over an hour for our food, I got my plate an hour in and waited for my friend to get her plate and by the time she got it, my food was cold. They offered to take $14 off the bill, but we still paid $35 each and I was baffled by how slow and uncaring the server was. The lady servers there however were very attentive and lovely. Not going back unfortunately.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

For being famous for their wings I was grossly dissappointed by the overall flavor. We got one order or hot wings and one order of jerk wings and I’ve had much better of both flavors for a lot less money. Just overall disappointed with a place I was looking forward to going to for a long time.

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A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. They were out of several of their beers, and the wings were the worst I've had. Skin on the wings was rubbery, and much of the surface not covered in sauce. Appetizer sampler was not good. Dessert was good.

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VS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 3

Sat at the bar this time, there was two of us. Service was slow. Seemed like guests in suits and ties were being preferred over others. As in their bar space was always cleared (no empty glasses, no dirty plates). When I left my empty glass from my first drink was still in front of me. I had to keep pushing my dirty plates and empty dishes until someone got the hint that it needed to be taken away. I had to ask for every drink (we each had 3). Bartender never asked me nor greeted me when I sat at the bar. Just handed us the menus. A shame because we’ve been here before and sat at a table and had outstanding service and food experience. Food was great as always.

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PR
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere at this place. The wings are simple amazing. I would highly recommend that to anyone attending this place. They also have $5 beer specials.

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VS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place lacks ambience, that is the only bad thing another this place. All the good: the service, from host to server to busser to management. Made our dinner very enjoyable without being intrusive. Glad they have an NYC location. I’ve been to the one in Buffalo on trips. The food here is amazing!

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GB
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

It's a real sports bar -- and I should have checked it out. Went for the wings. Huge number of TV's and lots of loud folks. Wings were good enough but not legendary. Chicken bites were terrible: heavy on breading and fried. Not really edible. Onion rings great. Burger good. You need to know you are going to a sports bar. Don't expect to talk with anyone.

Our waitress was attentive and helpful.

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

Finally! Spent four years in Western New York and so glad to have a local Anchor Bar. Weck, wings, frickles. All the standards, now much closer. We went for an early lunch (actually earlier than our booking and they could still take us) and it was quiet. We weren't rushed and service was attentive without being intrusive. Would absolutely return. A lot.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding. A more modern and cleaner version of the upstate Buffalo gem.

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PN
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Myra provided exceptional and friendly service; she was always attentive.
The number of TVs on which to watch sporting events was excellent, although the sound was, at times, flawed with echo.
The bar is presentable, but has a limited tequila (my personal alcohol of choice) selection. Nonetheless, the beer choices were very good. We returned a Cosmopolitan because it didn't taste like one.
The wings were a good size and well cooked, served hot (although a different server inexplicably insisted we place the bowl of wings on a raised pizza platform that we didn't want to use). The "hot" sauce was standard Buffalo, but we also had the "suicidal" sauce on half of our wings. The enjoyment of hot sauces is, without question, very personal and dependent on the palette of the eater. While the suicidal wings were hot (but not so deadly) and flavorful, I just didn't like the sauce that much, so next time I would stick with the standard hot, unless there are additional choices by next visit.
While we ordered a bucket of wings, the volume of carrots and celery served was significantly less than generous and when we asked for more, the number pieces provided was again stingy.
The desserts looked great on the menu, but the portion size served was somewhat smaller than they visually appear on the menu.
Having ivied in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, the NYC version of the Anchor Bar has some catching up to do. Yet, it certainly deserves another shot.

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