While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out.
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The Cubano at Anfora Wine Bar ($10) is filled with proscuitto cotto (Italian cooked ham) and rich melted cheese, but it's the sliver-thin slices of spicy pickles that really make it good.
Anfora is not a wine bar I'd recommend to everyone. If you like wine as the background music to a nice meal, and you're happiest with your regular Shiraz, you may be turned off. But if you're a little tired of everyday sipping and you want wine to surprise you, if you're willing to get a little dirty and a little funky, if you like your cheeses smelly, your chocolate salty, and your palate stretched a bit, then Anfora is the wine bar for you.
As long as we use the definition of 'sandwich' a little loosely, these juicy little Lamb Ragu Sliders ($9) must be recommended. The tender ciabatta roll is bursting with savory, slightly spicy lamb ragu and a shower of Pecorino. It's a bit like an Italian sloppy joe for grownups, perfectly seasoned and a little tricky to eat politely.
[Photograph: Laren Spirer] Anfora is primarily a wine bar. Like its sister restaurants, dell'Anima and L'Artusi, it is known for its well-chosen and often unique wine selections, made in large part by partner Joe Campanale. What you might not...