BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
Anassa opened its doors to the public for the first time Friday. A Greek Taverna with a prime spot on Third Avenue across from Bloomingdales. Hungry shoppers (expect a ladies who lunch vibe) will be a contributing factor to the mid-day customer flow here – especially with moderate prices right in line with the area and it’s attractions (entrees averaging at the $26 mark). The Grecian space in the former Brasserie 360 location transports with plenty of windows, marble, and flowing white curtains. The fashion forward crowd here will certainly enjoy the prime people watching of Third Avenue through the walls of windows the space sports. An especially airy upstairs dining area doubles as an event space with its own ouzo bar.
Anassa’s bartenders are engaging and knowledgeable, the marble bar top they stand behind, the perfect spot to try a glass of Greek wine while you wait for a table.
Greek staples like dolmades (stuffed cabbage with rice), lamb chops, and skordalia (potato and garlic dip) dot the otherwise seafood heavy menu – just the way I like my Greek.