Annisa

★★★★☆
  • 13 Barrow St

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: nr. 4th St.

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  • 212-741-6699

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My local friend suggested this place for dinner and we had the 7 course tasting meal (they decide what to serve you based on your diet restrictions). The food was good, but OMG, my bill was $500 for 4....$600 with a tip! We had a bottle of wine with dinner & 3 mixed drinks plus the tasting meal for 4 adults. When I received the bill, I was shocked. No matter how much money I have, I simply cannot justify EVER paying that kind of money for dinner for 4! Plus the portions were microscopic, less than a taste, and the bread rolls served with dinner were hard, cold and dry. Why not a warm, delicious roll? But I sure did eat a lot of bread since I was always hungry! In fact the waiters kept trying to remove my bread plate but I kept insisting they leave it and give me more bread! LOL! I was hungry all night!

The first course served was tuna. 2 Chapstick shaped and sized portions arrived, 1 cooked tuna cylinder and 1 sashimi version. They tasted delicious but each serving was at most 2 bites! Another course was cheese only, perhaps 8 different types, situated on the plate like a clock and each portion was the size of 1 stick of Trident gum (yes, the little tiny piece). To get a full bite in your mouth, you would need to eat at least 2 of the pieces. I didn't like several of the cheeses and really, do you cook cheese? Why is this part of my meal? The worst part of the dinner was the RABBIT, but not because of the taste since it wasn't too bad. Honestly, I don't mind eating exotic food, but eating rabbit is so "country bumpkin", especially on the West coast where we have an abundance of rabbits running around all the time. And it was DEEP FRIED. Yes, deep fried rabbit. Isn't rabbit a food you eat in a survival situation? The dessert could have changed my mind but didn't and we had 4 different desserts served at our table. All were average and the pear ice cream was not good.

Would I go back again, no way, but if you have some serious money to spend and aren't too hungry, by all means, be my guest.

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★★☆☆☆

My local friend suggested this place for dinner and we had the 7 course tasting meal (they decide what to serve you based on your diet restrictions). The food was good, but OMG, my bill was $500 for 4....$600 with a tip! We had a bottle of wine with dinner & 3 mixed drinks plus the tasting meal for 4 adults. When I received the bill, I was shocked. No matter how much money I have, I simply cannot justify EVER paying that kind of money for dinner for 4! Plus the portions were microscopic, less than a taste, and the bread rolls served with dinner were hard, cold and dry. Why not a warm, delicious roll? But I sure did eat a lot of bread since I was always hungry! In fact the waiters kept trying to remove my bread plate but I kept insisting they leave it and give me more bread! LOL! I was hungry all night!

The first course served was tuna. 2 Chapstick shaped and sized portions arrived, 1 cooked tuna cylinder and 1 sashimi version. They tasted delicious but each serving was at most 2 bites! Another course was cheese only, perhaps 8 different types, situated on the plate like a clock and each portion was the size of 1 stick of Trident gum (yes, the little tiny piece). To get a full bite in your mouth, you would need to eat at least 2 of the pieces. I didn't like several of the cheeses and really, do you cook cheese? Why is this part of my meal? The worst part of the dinner was the RABBIT, but not because of the taste since it wasn't too bad. Honestly, I don't mind eating exotic food, but eating rabbit is so "country bumpkin", especially on the West coast where we have an abundance of rabbits running around all the time. And it was DEEP FRIED. Yes, deep fried rabbit. Isn't rabbit a food you eat in a survival situation? The dessert could have changed my mind but didn't and we had 4 different desserts served at our table. All were average and the pear ice cream was not good.

Would I go back again, no way, but if you have some serious money to spend and aren't too hungry, by all means, be my guest.

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Just back from a business trip. Went to check out Annisa cuz I saw Anita Lo on Top Chef Masters. Pretty small space. Very intimate. Not alot of background noise which is great. I was able to converse with my colleagues without having

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★★★★★

Just back from a business trip. Went to check out Annisa cuz I saw Anita Lo on Top Chef Masters. Pretty small space. Very intimate. Not alot of background noise which is great. I was able to converse with my colleagues without having

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I live and work in Brooklyn. I don't miss the West Village where I used to live at all. In fact, there is very little reason for me to go into Manhattan EXCEPT I will always make the trek to go to Annisa. Beautiful food, gorgeous

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★★★★★

I live and work in Brooklyn. I don't miss the West Village where I used to live at all. In fact, there is very little reason for me to go into Manhattan EXCEPT I will always make the trek to go to Annisa. Beautiful food, gorgeous

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i went with my parents and brother for easter dinner. my brother had the only vegetarian option- an eggplant dish- which for $25 was 2 pieces of eggplant, yogurt sauce, and a tiny pile of lentils. my dad had the lamb, 4 small pieces which were overly salty, and my mom and i had the colbi which was by far the best entree but again, the portion was tiny for the price- a small piece of fish with 5 baby carrots. for dessert we had the apple tart, which was tasty but nothing spectacular. overall the restaurant was overrated and expensive.

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★★★☆☆

i went with my parents and brother for easter dinner. my brother had the only vegetarian option- an eggplant dish- which for $25 was 2 pieces of eggplant, yogurt sauce, and a tiny pile of lentils. my dad had the lamb, 4 small pieces which were overly salty, and my mom and i had the colbi which was by far the best entree but again, the portion was tiny for the price- a small piece of fish with 5 baby carrots. for dessert we had the apple tart, which was tasty but nothing spectacular. overall the restaurant was overrated and expensive.

Cons: $200 later, still hungry

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I took a dear friend to Annisa for a special occasion. Our first impression: the place was loud. We got a nice table, but it wasn't until a few of them emptied that conversing ceased to feel like an unnecessarily loud indulgence. Annisa seems to have an acoustics problem. The good news is: acoustics may be the least solvable of its ambiance-related problems. The restaurant has surprisingly dirty--in some areas filthy--walls that dim lighting does very little to hide and the quality of the food not enough to help one forget. It only takes a short round-trip to the bathroom to notice the magnitude of the problem. I find it simply unnacceptable that an otherwise decent restaurant, Michelin-starred no less, let itself go like this. Decorator/painter needed!!!!

Some people assume, often correctly, that a restaurant's physical exterior reflects its interior, namely the kitchen. I tend to agree; moreover, I believe that it affects staff morale, as in our waitress, who rarely cracked a welcoming, I-like-my-job, tip-me-well, come-again smile--not a hypocrite, I guess.

For appetizers, we had the seared foie gras with soup dumplings and the scallops with sea urchin. Since my friend had had the original Chinese soup dumplings hot, Annisa's version seemed cold and unremarkable to her. I'd say they were room-temperature dumplings a foie-gras slice above the rest. My scallops, on the other hand, resembled a lotus flower in presentation and mythological effect: a plesant drowsiness catalyzed by the silky freshness of a Pinot Nero, an excellent red to start and match light seafood with. However, I must say that this dish in particular could reach new heights if served at least warm. For entrees, my friend had the skate and I the lamb (matched w/ a full-bodied Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon). Both offered simple yet refined textures that formed the idealized memories of home-made classics. Our dessert was a well-balanced chocolate biscuit w/banana mousse.

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★★★☆☆

I took a dear friend to Annisa for a special occasion. Our first impression: the place was loud. We got a nice table, but it wasn't until a few of them emptied that conversing ceased to feel like an unnecessarily loud indulgence. Annisa seems to have an acoustics problem. The good news is: acoustics may be the least solvable of its ambiance-related problems. The restaurant has surprisingly dirty--in some areas filthy--walls that dim lighting does very little to hide and the quality of the food not enough to help one forget. It only takes a short round-trip to the bathroom to notice the magnitude of the problem. I find it simply unnacceptable that an otherwise decent restaurant, Michelin-starred no less, let itself go like this. Decorator/painter needed!!!!

Some people assume, often correctly, that a restaurant's physical exterior reflects its interior, namely the kitchen. I tend to agree; moreover, I believe that it affects staff morale, as in our waitress, who rarely cracked a welcoming, I-like-my-job, tip-me-well, come-again smile--not a hypocrite, I guess.

For appetizers, we had the seared foie gras with soup dumplings and the scallops with sea urchin. Since my friend had had the original Chinese soup dumplings hot, Annisa's version seemed cold and unremarkable to her. I'd say they were room-temperature dumplings a foie-gras slice above the rest. My scallops, on the other hand, resembled a lotus flower in presentation and mythological effect: a plesant drowsiness catalyzed by the silky freshness of a Pinot Nero, an excellent red to start and match light seafood with. However, I must say that this dish in particular could reach new heights if served at least warm. For entrees, my friend had the skate and I the lamb (matched w/ a full-bodied Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon). Both offered simple yet refined textures that formed the idealized memories of home-made classics. Our dessert was a well-balanced chocolate biscuit w/banana mousse.

Pros: Above-average food. Excellent wines

Cons: Ambience, Service

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12/8/07 dinner at 8. Made convenient online reservation. Took female friend out to dinner. Seated w/i 2 minutes of arrival. Never heard of this place until I the day before I had dinner here. Selected this place based on the positive citysearch reviews here. These positive reviews are all on the money as I agree w/ them.
Relaxing place w/o being pretentious. Waitstaff helped us select a very good wine. Nice wine list. The food is a given. That is, the food is very good. The menu is short: about 8-10 appetizers & 8-10 main courses. Thus. I don't think u can go wrong. The highest compliment I can pay is that I would bring a date to Annisa. Yeah, this is from a guy's perspective. Female friend also liked Annisa too.
Good crowd. Had a good time.

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★★★★☆

12/8/07 dinner at 8. Made convenient online reservation. Took female friend out to dinner. Seated w/i 2 minutes of arrival. Never heard of this place until I the day before I had dinner here. Selected this place based on the positive citysearch reviews here. These positive reviews are all on the money as I agree w/ them.
Relaxing place w/o being pretentious. Waitstaff helped us select a very good wine. Nice wine list. The food is a given. That is, the food is very good. The menu is short: about 8-10 appetizers & 8-10 main courses. Thus. I don't think u can go wrong. The highest compliment I can pay is that I would bring a date to Annisa. Yeah, this is from a guy's perspective. Female friend also liked Annisa too.
Good crowd. Had a good time.

Pros: Gracious service, helpful waitstaff, very good food

Cons: none

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One of my favorite restaurants. No gimmicks, no showing off, just brilliant, fresh AmerAsianFrench food from a menu that changes all the time. I go several times a year, and each visit is memorable and deeply satisfying. It's expensive, of course, but always seems worth the price. If you really want to do it right, have Jen suggest a wine for each course -- their wine list features women vintners (and sake makers). Also a great place to have a drink if you happen to be an adult.

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★★★★★

One of my favorite restaurants. No gimmicks, no showing off, just brilliant, fresh AmerAsianFrench food from a menu that changes all the time. I go several times a year, and each visit is memorable and deeply satisfying. It's expensive, of course, but always seems worth the price. If you really want to do it right, have Jen suggest a wine for each course -- their wine list features women vintners (and sake makers). Also a great place to have a drink if you happen to be an adult.

Pros: Anita knows how to bring out the best character in any food

Cons: too expensive to eat there every night

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Went here on a double date. The ambiance is perfect for two couples to get together and actually ahve a conversation on a Saturday night. I also raelly liked the decor, even though it was rather simple. The large window out front over looking Barrow street raelyl adds charm to the place. It really feels like a local food coinasseur's hang-out. We all ordered the 5 course tasting menu (as recommended by the waitress that everyone on the table should participate) and enjoy every course. Actually found their "signature" dumplings to be the least interesting but the sausage wrapped lamb and fish appetizer to be delicious. We paired the courses with a Cabernet which suited each course as they came. The food was fresh and not too inventive. Also the portions were reasonable for a 5 course meal. Dessert was amazing, bread pudding, chocolate souffle and apple tart. I recommend this place for a date where you actually want to talk with your partner and also a great place to take mom when she visits. All the staff were female and very friendly. A memorable experience and yet not pretentious or over-the-top. I would come here more often for any dinner date I want to plan and want to please everyone, plus those who like fish and meat which is usually hard to get together.

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★★★★★

Went here on a double date. The ambiance is perfect for two couples to get together and actually ahve a conversation on a Saturday night. I also raelly liked the decor, even though it was rather simple. The large window out front over looking Barrow street raelyl adds charm to the place. It really feels like a local food coinasseur's hang-out. We all ordered the 5 course tasting menu (as recommended by the waitress that everyone on the table should participate) and enjoy every course. Actually found their "signature" dumplings to be the least interesting but the sausage wrapped lamb and fish appetizer to be delicious. We paired the courses with a Cabernet which suited each course as they came. The food was fresh and not too inventive. Also the portions were reasonable for a 5 course meal. Dessert was amazing, bread pudding, chocolate souffle and apple tart. I recommend this place for a date where you actually want to talk with your partner and also a great place to take mom when she visits. All the staff were female and very friendly. A memorable experience and yet not pretentious or over-the-top. I would come here more often for any dinner date I want to plan and want to please everyone, plus those who like fish and meat which is usually hard to get together.

Pros: Fresh food, quiet ambiance, little pretention

Cons: Not for the weekend tourist who wants some jazzy new york meal.

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My mom and I went here for dinner, and we both really enjoyed it. Although they seated the two of us at a four top side by side which was a little wierd and almost looked like I was on a date with my mom, the food was incredible. I consider their food to be the best I have tasted in this city. I had an Indian eggplant appetizer that melted in my mouth and a roasted chicken as a main. I tried some of my mom's fish as well. Everything was so flavorful and rich, I savored every bite! For dessert we had apple pie, whch was wonderful as well.
As for the ambience, it is very very simple but nice, with white walls and just a green glowing rectangle at the back of the restaurant. The service was perfect as well. I probably wouldn't take a young person or child there, instead it is better suited for a date or a dinner meeting because of the more somber quiet atmosphere. There is also a small bar at the front which is great if you want to go somewhere a little more intimate and relaxed to grab a drink.
The experience was pricey, but definitely worth it.

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★★★★★

My mom and I went here for dinner, and we both really enjoyed it. Although they seated the two of us at a four top side by side which was a little wierd and almost looked like I was on a date with my mom, the food was incredible. I consider their food to be the best I have tasted in this city. I had an Indian eggplant appetizer that melted in my mouth and a roasted chicken as a main. I tried some of my mom's fish as well. Everything was so flavorful and rich, I savored every bite! For dessert we had apple pie, whch was wonderful as well.
As for the ambience, it is very very simple but nice, with white walls and just a green glowing rectangle at the back of the restaurant. The service was perfect as well. I probably wouldn't take a young person or child there, instead it is better suited for a date or a dinner meeting because of the more somber quiet atmosphere. There is also a small bar at the front which is great if you want to go somewhere a little more intimate and relaxed to grab a drink.
The experience was pricey, but definitely worth it.

Pros: Fantastic Food, great service

Cons: atmosphere might be too somber

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I am a connoisseur of fine food and have been to Annisa twice and am looking forward to going back very soon. The tasting menu is incredibly structured and inventive. The foie gras was sublime although a trifle small. All the other dishes offerred in the tasting menu were great as well. I've tried the regular menu and found the food to be no different. The wine was decent and I liked the ambience-minimalist yet warm and inviting.

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★★★★★

I am a connoisseur of fine food and have been to Annisa twice and am looking forward to going back very soon. The tasting menu is incredibly structured and inventive. The foie gras was sublime although a trifle small. All the other dishes offerred in the tasting menu were great as well. I've tried the regular menu and found the food to be no different. The wine was decent and I liked the ambience-minimalist yet warm and inviting.

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A simple, classy, peaceful place with a tasting menu that seems custom made . Incredibly accomodating and courteous staff.
We went there in a group of 6 people for our friend's birthday and opted for the 5-course tasting menu. They asked us if we were allergic to anything, or if there was something that we would not eat... like fish or red-meat, etc. The food they served seemed like it was designed for each person. Every dish was unique, unlike anything I've ever eaten before. At dessert time they served us each a different dessert. Its was a great way to try out 6 different desserts and all were exquisite.
Just when I thought it would be hard to impress a manhattan snob like me, such a lovely restaurant comes along. I highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

A simple, classy, peaceful place with a tasting menu that seems custom made . Incredibly accomodating and courteous staff.
We went there in a group of 6 people for our friend's birthday and opted for the 5-course tasting menu. They asked us if we were allergic to anything, or if there was something that we would not eat... like fish or red-meat, etc. The food they served seemed like it was designed for each person. Every dish was unique, unlike anything I've ever eaten before. At dessert time they served us each a different dessert. Its was a great way to try out 6 different desserts and all were exquisite.
Just when I thought it would be hard to impress a manhattan snob like me, such a lovely restaurant comes along. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Great tasting menu, Great service

Cons: little pricey, but thats expected.

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It's been a while since I've had beautifully orchestrated food and this place did not disappoint. The service was a bit on the sluggish side at the beginning, but that was quickly forgotten with the delectable combination of flavors and texture. The highlights were the fois gras soup dumpling, full of flavor and impact (although mine was not as soupy as Boyfriend's), the perfectly grilled trout, the juicy long island duck paired with the most amazing of flavors - wine and house pickled plum. A dainty touch was visible in all the dishes, and the plating was beautiful. This was the first time a tasting menu was "customized" for us with the waiter taking notes of our preferences and aversions. Well done!

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★★★★★

It's been a while since I've had beautifully orchestrated food and this place did not disappoint. The service was a bit on the sluggish side at the beginning, but that was quickly forgotten with the delectable combination of flavors and texture. The highlights were the fois gras soup dumpling, full of flavor and impact (although mine was not as soupy as Boyfriend's), the perfectly grilled trout, the juicy long island duck paired with the most amazing of flavors - wine and house pickled plum. A dainty touch was visible in all the dishes, and the plating was beautiful. This was the first time a tasting menu was "customized" for us with the waiter taking notes of our preferences and aversions. Well done!

Pros: ambience and food

Cons: sluggish service

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Came in for a meal with very high expectations as I had heard so many wonderful complements. Being a foodie, I ordered the tasting menu and was wowed by the presentation -- simply gorgeous. The food however, is a different story. There was great inconsistency in the juxtaposition of flavors and I left rather disappointed. Maybe it was just an off night for them and I'd be willing to give it another try.

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★★★★★

Came in for a meal with very high expectations as I had heard so many wonderful complements. Being a foodie, I ordered the tasting menu and was wowed by the presentation -- simply gorgeous. The food however, is a different story. There was great inconsistency in the juxtaposition of flavors and I left rather disappointed. Maybe it was just an off night for them and I'd be willing to give it another try.

Pros: gorgeous presentation

Cons: poor combo of flavors

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My husband took me here for an evening out (I'd never even heard of this place before), and everything was absolutely perfect. The service was amazing, the food was incredible (I got the skate on tofu with caviar and I didn't want it to end), and the ambiance was simple and elegant. My husband and I felt like the only ones in the full room. Wonderful little touches like an amuse-bouche to start the meal, and a final trio of sweets to complete it from the chef. Would absolutely recommend this gem!

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★★★★★

My husband took me here for an evening out (I'd never even heard of this place before), and everything was absolutely perfect. The service was amazing, the food was incredible (I got the skate on tofu with caviar and I didn't want it to end), and the ambiance was simple and elegant. My husband and I felt like the only ones in the full room. Wonderful little touches like an amuse-bouche to start the meal, and a final trio of sweets to complete it from the chef. Would absolutely recommend this gem!

Pros: cuisine, ambiance, service

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Celebrated a very significant birthday here and it was a wonderful meal. Anita Lo is inventive and thoughtful with her dishes - the on the house treat that came before the meal was amazing! Apps came out nicely and the entrees were just as tasty. I recommend the trout entree if you like light fish. Overall the meal was enjoyable with comfortable space and good service. My only gripe is that the place looks like it needs renovations but that's just being nit picky.

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★★★★☆

Celebrated a very significant birthday here and it was a wonderful meal. Anita Lo is inventive and thoughtful with her dishes - the on the house treat that came before the meal was amazing! Apps came out nicely and the entrees were just as tasty. I recommend the trout entree if you like light fish. Overall the meal was enjoyable with comfortable space and good service. My only gripe is that the place looks like it needs renovations but that's just being nit picky.

Pros: food

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We had a lovely experience at Annisa. The host was so very kind. He knew we wanted a nice table and made a point to take good care of us. The food is elegant and tasty (fantastic martini too!). The desserts are fantastic as well. All in all, Annisa is a beautiful, & casual/elegant restaurant with excellent food and friendly service.

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★★★★★

We had a lovely experience at Annisa. The host was so very kind. He knew we wanted a nice table and made a point to take good care of us. The food is elegant and tasty (fantastic martini too!). The desserts are fantastic as well. All in all, Annisa is a beautiful, & casual/elegant restaurant with excellent food and friendly service.

Pros: food, friendly service, location/decor

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This is a numero uno date place. Small groups are okay, but you would be afraid to disturb the zen-like tranquility that the owners have created in this space. The service is efficient and friendly, the wine list is both socially sensitive and tasteful, while the food is inventive, delicious and filling. No super skimpy portions at Annisa, they want you to leave full and happy. A meal will probably run at least $70, but it's well worth it if you're appreciative of a wonderful dining experience.

PROS: Creative food, great conversation spot
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★★★★★

This is a numero uno date place. Small groups are okay, but you would be afraid to disturb the zen-like tranquility that the owners have created in this space. The service is efficient and friendly, the wine list is both socially sensitive and tasteful, while the food is inventive, delicious and filling. No super skimpy portions at Annisa, they want you to leave full and happy. A meal will probably run at least $70, but it's well worth it if you're appreciative of a wonderful dining experience.

PROS: Creative food, great conversation spot
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my boyfriend surprised me on v-day with dinner at annisa, and i loved every minute of it. the atmosphere is cozy, not cliche or cheezy like many other restaurants with red hearts strewn everywhere. spacing between the tables was great and offered sufficient privacy. for me, the fact that it wasn't a huge restaurant was also very inviting. the food was excellent. the tuna appetizer was delicious, the lobster was succulent and perfect. the sea bass left something wanting. my b/f really like his filet mignon and hen. and the chocolate fondue was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. the wait staff were friendly and patient, and the courses felt perfectly timed and not rushed at all. overall, it was a great evening, and i would definitely go there again. although given the high prices, that probably won't be anytime soon :)

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★★★★★

my boyfriend surprised me on v-day with dinner at annisa, and i loved every minute of it. the atmosphere is cozy, not cliche or cheezy like many other restaurants with red hearts strewn everywhere. spacing between the tables was great and offered sufficient privacy. for me, the fact that it wasn't a huge restaurant was also very inviting. the food was excellent. the tuna appetizer was delicious, the lobster was succulent and perfect. the sea bass left something wanting. my b/f really like his filet mignon and hen. and the chocolate fondue was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. the wait staff were friendly and patient, and the courses felt perfectly timed and not rushed at all. overall, it was a great evening, and i would definitely go there again. although given the high prices, that probably won't be anytime soon :)

Pros: Ambience, Friendly service, Excellent food

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Wow! Great service, a relaxed dining pace, excellent wine list, spicy flavorful combinations, and a soothing interior design. Annisa is one of those places in NYC that manages to hit all the high notes while avoiding the pitfalls of many other restaurants. The staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful without being overbearing. The prices are reasonable. The food is great. A wonderful dining experience!

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★★★★★

Wow! Great service, a relaxed dining pace, excellent wine list, spicy flavorful combinations, and a soothing interior design. Annisa is one of those places in NYC that manages to hit all the high notes while avoiding the pitfalls of many other restaurants. The staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful without being overbearing. The prices are reasonable. The food is great. A wonderful dining experience!

Pros: Service, Flavor, Price

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anita lo is amazing. i will try anything that she makes. she never disappoints. the restaurant is beautiful, and so is the food. she does a tremendous job. i also love the fact that anita actually cooks here, unlike so many other celebrity chefs. one of the best restaurants in new york.

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★★★★★

anita lo is amazing. i will try anything that she makes. she never disappoints. the restaurant is beautiful, and so is the food. she does a tremendous job. i also love the fact that anita actually cooks here, unlike so many other celebrity chefs. one of the best restaurants in new york.

Pros: calm, relaxing atmosp, anita lo's magic food, excellent service

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Annisa is, for me, a living room in foodie paradise. Soft tones, romantic, comfortable seating, carpeting to muffle the delicate clink of glasses. And some of the best food around: flavors that will give you flashbacks of childhood (I recall dishes that taste like times and memories; sorry to get so sentimental). The chef so obviously cares deeply about her craft, that I am embarassed of my own lack of concern for what I do for a living. But I digress: Annisa will not disappoint.

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★★★★★

Annisa is, for me, a living room in foodie paradise. Soft tones, romantic, comfortable seating, carpeting to muffle the delicate clink of glasses. And some of the best food around: flavors that will give you flashbacks of childhood (I recall dishes that taste like times and memories; sorry to get so sentimental). The chef so obviously cares deeply about her craft, that I am embarassed of my own lack of concern for what I do for a living. But I digress: Annisa will not disappoint.

Pros: Flavor, Ambience, Comfortable

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Quite simply, the best dining experience I've had in NYC. Better than Grammercy Tavern (which is great), than the funky boutique lower east side places, than Nobu. I particularly like the fact that it's not noisy and not bright, so my ears and eyes were not assaulted with sensory input - that was all left for my tastebuds. And they were given a real treat. Quite a rarity to find such friendly, efficient, unobtrusive service in NYC. A beautiful place in every respect.

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★★★★★

Quite simply, the best dining experience I've had in NYC. Better than Grammercy Tavern (which is great), than the funky boutique lower east side places, than Nobu. I particularly like the fact that it's not noisy and not bright, so my ears and eyes were not assaulted with sensory input - that was all left for my tastebuds. And they were given a real treat. Quite a rarity to find such friendly, efficient, unobtrusive service in NYC. A beautiful place in every respect.

Pros: Peaceful, Superb food, Brilliant service

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the space is beautiful and serene. the waitstaff were helpful and pleasant and the food was excellent. although many items on the menu catered to those who loved seafood i had an amazing beef dish. i would highly recommend coming here and will continue to patron this restaurant.

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★★★★★

the space is beautiful and serene. the waitstaff were helpful and pleasant and the food was excellent. although many items on the menu catered to those who loved seafood i had an amazing beef dish. i would highly recommend coming here and will continue to patron this restaurant.

Pros: beautfiful decor, great waitstaff, yummy food

Cons: a bit steep

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Anissa has the most wonderful hostess/owner around. She owns and operates the spot with Anita Lo. The service is perfect and the food is interesting innovative and excellent. The summer menu is in play..much better than the winter menu. I recommend the Lobster entre and the steak. A very hip restaurant a true hidden treasure.

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★★★★★

Anissa has the most wonderful hostess/owner around. She owns and operates the spot with Anita Lo. The service is perfect and the food is interesting innovative and excellent. The summer menu is in play..much better than the winter menu. I recommend the Lobster entre and the steak. A very hip restaurant a true hidden treasure.

Pros: service, quiet, Fresh

Cons: ?

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You can always rely on the staff at Annisa to combine different tastes and textures, resulting in unique dishes full of flavor served with style and grace.

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You can always rely on the staff at Annisa to combine different tastes and textures, resulting in unique dishes full of flavor served with style and grace.

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Course 1: Sashimi scallops with caviar and tomalley. Amazing. 2: Shanghai soup dumplings with foie gras. Not as good as last visit but still very yummy. 3: Sable (black cod) with tofu and seaweed in miso broth. Great texture, beautiful flavor. 4. Monkfish, smoked monkfish liver with choucroute. Wow! Never would have thought of it. 5. Beef cheeks and tongue in bordelaise with wasabi mustard. Great depth of flavor, a bit chewy, a bit too gelatinous. 6. Cheese plate. Hit or miss, overall yummy. 7. INCREDIBLE dessert- Panna cotta with sherry reduction. Must have again NOW!

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★★★★★

Course 1: Sashimi scallops with caviar and tomalley. Amazing. 2: Shanghai soup dumplings with foie gras. Not as good as last visit but still very yummy. 3: Sable (black cod) with tofu and seaweed in miso broth. Great texture, beautiful flavor. 4. Monkfish, smoked monkfish liver with choucroute. Wow! Never would have thought of it. 5. Beef cheeks and tongue in bordelaise with wasabi mustard. Great depth of flavor, a bit chewy, a bit too gelatinous. 6. Cheese plate. Hit or miss, overall yummy. 7. INCREDIBLE dessert- Panna cotta with sherry reduction. Must have again NOW!

Pros: Heavenly food, great service, fantastic winelist

Cons: Small dining room, a bit spartan

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We loved the space and the hosts were quite nice. The food, however was a struggle. If you don't love fish, it's tough to find something on the menu. There were 4 of us at dinner and we all found the preparations all a bit complicated. The waitress saw a couple of us struggling with the menu and I felt she was frustrated with us. I'd hardly consider Annisa "traditional."

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★★★☆☆

We loved the space and the hosts were quite nice. The food, however was a struggle. If you don't love fish, it's tough to find something on the menu. There were 4 of us at dinner and we all found the preparations all a bit complicated. The waitress saw a couple of us struggling with the menu and I felt she was frustrated with us. I'd hardly consider Annisa "traditional."

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Great service and ambience; sophisticated in many ways. Food can be mixed. We have eaten there about 4 times. SOmetimes it is sublime and sometimes just good but that's not bad right?

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★★★★☆

Great service and ambience; sophisticated in many ways. Food can be mixed. We have eaten there about 4 times. SOmetimes it is sublime and sometimes just good but that's not bad right?

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I had the tasting menu on a first date. This was the ideal first date restaurant. We sat side-by-side in an intimate, but comfortable booth. The wine pairings with the food were uninspired, but fine. The menu began with a lot of promise. The first two courses were truly out of this world. The second two courses (the fish and meat) were boring and pretty flavorless. My date didn't even touch one of the courses. Dessert was ok, but nothing to write home about. All in all, I think we may have done better if we had just ordered a bunch of food off the menu. I would probably go back in a couple of months, but I would order a la carte. For the getting-to-know-you stage of a first date, Annisa can't be beat.

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★★★☆☆

I had the tasting menu on a first date. This was the ideal first date restaurant. We sat side-by-side in an intimate, but comfortable booth. The wine pairings with the food were uninspired, but fine. The menu began with a lot of promise. The first two courses were truly out of this world. The second two courses (the fish and meat) were boring and pretty flavorless. My date didn't even touch one of the courses. Dessert was ok, but nothing to write home about. All in all, I think we may have done better if we had just ordered a bunch of food off the menu. I would probably go back in a couple of months, but I would order a la carte. For the getting-to-know-you stage of a first date, Annisa can't be beat.

Pros: great terrine, fabulous foie gras, great date spote

Cons: bizarre waiter, boring wines, boring main courses

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from great to bad and it's hard to imagine. Some of this food is among the finest in the city and other dishes are shockingly bad. The chef is garnering a reputation but I liked her better at the Asian place, Mirezhi(sp?) she was at. The female wine and alcohol list is interesting but...desserts left us cold as did the room. Still, we'll keep trying to because the promise seems to be hovering just out of reach. Deeply, deeply expensive.

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★★★☆☆

from great to bad and it's hard to imagine. Some of this food is among the finest in the city and other dishes are shockingly bad. The chef is garnering a reputation but I liked her better at the Asian place, Mirezhi(sp?) she was at. The female wine and alcohol list is interesting but...desserts left us cold as did the room. Still, we'll keep trying to because the promise seems to be hovering just out of reach. Deeply, deeply expensive.

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: expensive, uneven food

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from the food to decor to service to wine list, everything was top notch. very classy place, without being stuffy at all. great servers, great dessert! easily the best meal i had in the 2+ weeks i spent in nyc.

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★★★★★

from the food to decor to service to wine list, everything was top notch. very classy place, without being stuffy at all. great servers, great dessert! easily the best meal i had in the 2+ weeks i spent in nyc.

Pros: innovative food, service, wine list

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food was great, especially the zuchini blossoms in a picadillo pepper sauce.....fish was generally better than meat.....go before it gets expensive

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★★★★☆

food was great, especially the zuchini blossoms in a picadillo pepper sauce.....fish was generally better than meat.....go before it gets expensive

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one of the most serene dining experiences I have had in NYC. The food is excellent and the ambience is very relaxing even though the restaurant is located in the West Village.

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★★★★★

one of the most serene dining experiences I have had in NYC. The food is excellent and the ambience is very relaxing even though the restaurant is located in the West Village.

Pros: Tranquil, relaxing

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This cute little place just down the block from the ever-popular ONE IF BY LAND TWO IF BY SEA is another reasaon to come to the village to eat. These are my two favorite restaurants!! - Annisa is a great place for good food and good conversation. I highly recommend it.

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★★★☆☆

This cute little place just down the block from the ever-popular ONE IF BY LAND TWO IF BY SEA is another reasaon to come to the village to eat. These are my two favorite restaurants!! - Annisa is a great place for good food and good conversation. I highly recommend it.

Pros: comfortable, good food

Cons: crowded, loud

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All the hype is just HYPE! Overly seasoned food, undersized portions, slow service. Ease up on the anise in the foie / dumplings Anita. . Fillet was a joke, you think a little veg or starch would be called for but instead we got a rich veal jus spiked with Soy???? Anyway save your $168 for 2 with a $ 32 wine and run over to the Corner Bistro and order a couple of Bistrot Burgers like we did but only after wallets had felt the pain.

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★★☆☆☆

All the hype is just HYPE! Overly seasoned food, undersized portions, slow service. Ease up on the anise in the foie / dumplings Anita. . Fillet was a joke, you think a little veg or starch would be called for but instead we got a rich veal jus spiked with Soy???? Anyway save your $168 for 2 with a $ 32 wine and run over to the Corner Bistro and order a couple of Bistrot Burgers like we did but only after wallets had felt the pain.

Pros: nice space, good location

Cons: overrated, expensive, undersized portions

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Dining at Annisa has to be one of the best dining experiences I have had in the city. First of all, the...

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Dining at Annisa has to be one of the best dining experiences I have had in the city. First of all, the...

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Nestled into the West VIllage this romantic spot is all about clean lines flavorful foods and a top-notch staff.The chef and owners are women and the wine list is women-centric. I usually opt for the tasting menu and let the chef steer me

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Nestled into the West VIllage this romantic spot is all about clean lines flavorful foods and a top-notch staff.The chef and owners are women and the wine list is women-centric. I usually opt for the tasting menu and let the chef steer me

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We had a great dinner at Annisa with the Blumberg's and the Wilson's. Joanne Wilson wrote an outstanding post on her blog about it at http://gothamgal.blogs.com/gotham_gal/2005/09/annisa.html. It follows:Last night will have been my

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We had a great dinner at Annisa with the Blumberg's and the Wilson's. Joanne Wilson wrote an outstanding post on her blog about it at http://gothamgal.blogs.com/gotham_gal/2005/09/annisa.html. It follows:Last night will have been my

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