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Annisa Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.annisarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 741-6699
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Anita Lo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: No private room, though we do book the entire restaurant for large groups.

    Maximum capacity of 48 guests for seated events, 60 guests for cocktail parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 4th and 7th Avenue South
  • Public Transit: 1 Train to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square, B/D/F/M or A/C/E to West 4th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Annisa
Annisa is a small, fine dining establishment in the West Village. The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Anita Lo, winner of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef Award 2001. The restaurant was included in the Top 50 Food Ratings in the Zagat Guide 2009 and was awarded one coveted Star by the Michelin Guide 2009. Annisa serves contemporary American cuisine with Asian accents in a beautiful and soothing dining room where guests are greeted by a knowledgeable and friendly staff.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "First time at Annisa; ordered the tasting menu. We were told that the chef decided the options based on that days pantry items. We advised our preferences and were told that they would try to accommodate which they did! The dining experience from the amuse bouche to dessert was perfect and unobtrusive; so much so that we closed the restaurant without realizing we were the last guests. The menu is certainly adventurous and well worth asking for recommendations or elaboration as to ingredients and taste. Highly recommended. Special thanks to our waitress who was very patient in explaining the menu, making recommendations and helping us with our wine selection."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This restaurant was a total find. The service was fantastic. They were very accomodating with the time of the reservation and once we got there, the timing of the meal to make it relaxing but get us out in time to make a concert. The food was splendid from start to finish. The dishes had some of the most creative sauces we have tasted! Our favorites were the grilled squid appetizer, the spanish mackerel and for dessert a grapefruit posset."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Annisa has everything that I require in a restaurant: fantastic food, superb service AND -- it is quiet!!! This kind of restaurant is a rarity. If nothing changes, and I hope it doesn't, I will keep going back. In addition to fantastic and innovative food, the wine list, albeit small, is interesting as well. We had two wines from Galicia, one white and one red, and both were excellent. If available, try the foie gras appetizer, duck for entrée and do not miss the bread pudding for dessert."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Annisa is a special occasion dining experience with outstanding food, wine and service. We ordered the tasting menu and each course was filled with wonderful flavors and textures. The sommelier was attentive to our description of what we love in a wine and suggested the perfect bottle. The room is quiet and serene which set the stage for a perfect evening of excellent food, wine, and conversation."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "If you choose the tasting menu the chef chooses the courses for you. The server takes account of the guests' allergies and preferences. We choose the five course tasting menu. For the appetizers we got the sea bass sashimi and the dumplings. For the main courses we got the sable fish soup and the duck. For dessert we got the poppyseed bread pudding and the grapefruit posset. In addition we got extra little bites before appetizer and after dessert. Service was friendly and warm."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went here for a special occasion and it did not disappoint. Fantastic flavors, well-presented food, elegant ambience and accommodating service. We brought our own wines, but had we wished to order from the menu they had a beautifully-currated selection."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "elegant room, great service, outstanding food. The complete package."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had the beet salad and the mackerel and both were amazing! To 5 meals of all time. The beet salad was served with a cashew purée that was so good I was trying to convince them to sell it by the jar."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant thanks to its great reviews and it has been the biggest disappoitment of our stay in New York. We chose the chef´s testing menu. All started perfectly but the second half of our dinner was catastrophic. The last dish as well as the dessert were really not good and a big group took a big table in the restaurant. They were so noisy And attracted all the service attention. It is a big disappointment for a restaurant you pay more than 250$ for two..."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Amazing food. It was our first time and it was all we had hoped for."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "DC guy here. Scooted up to the city to celebrate (with another family) my son's 17th birthday, and Annisa was our adult get-away on Saturday night. Having chased the kids around midtown all day and with a late reservation, I was hangry when I sat down ... but this restaurant really lived up to Pete Wells's 3-star review ... and I now have a couple more items on my top-10 lifetime list of the courses I want for my last meal (actually, forget the list, I just want a big bowl of those foie gras soup dumplings). I look forward to several more visits -- next time, 7-course tasting menu with pairings! Like way too many NYC restaurants, I only wish this gem was accessible to my son in a wheelchair -- my only complaint."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Dining at Annisa was a pleasure. We went for the tasting menu and were not disappointed with any course we were served. Service was outstanding and attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Bad service. Moody waitress with a lot of attitude. Ok food. Parts if the menu are completely boring... "Beet salad?!?" And the "exciting" stuff was nothing special for NYC. The squid appetizer was nice as was the pork entre, but again, nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening in Annisa very much. The design is simple, yet warm, modern but not minimalist, the tables are not far apart but still offer some privacy. The food was absolutely delicious, we loved our starters and main courses ( black cod and striped bass) but unfortunately did not try the desserts! Service was very good and attentive, the atmosphere was relaxed and that's how an evening out should be."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We've been 4 persons to go there and celebrate a birthday, coming from France mostly, we are used to go to some amazing restaurants, 1 to 3 stars places, but Annisa was an amazing experience, service was excellent, very friendly (except for one waiter who didn't speak or even answered back at us). We took the 5 course tasting menu, absolutely superb, our little favorite were the fish course and the desserts, amaaaazingly full of flavors! Wine was great, prices are reasonable. A little plus, i asked a special request to celebrate a birthday, and everything was settled for us so we could have a nice time there, the restaurant is very cosy and quiet. I definitely am a foodie, and i recommend this place with my eyes closed. Great job guys! :-D"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been looking forward to going to Annisa for quite some time and finally secured a reservation for my husband and I. We both did the 7 course tasting menu which simply means 7 different plates of chef chosen love from the kitchen. Chef Lo has a varied menu which adds excitement to the tasting menu. The inspiration for the dishes keeps you guessing and intrigued about what is coming next. Our absolute favorite was the Sole in Bonita Broth with Crispy Silken Tofu. The depth of flavor, contrasts of texture, and visual presentation were enough to make any foodie glad they chose this restaurant. Lastly, the service was extremely attentive without being in your face. Excellent Choice."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Chef-owner Anita Lo has maintained her standard of excellence for the nine years I have been dining at Annisa. She presents new dishes every few months along with her signature specialties.All are superb. The service is appropriately nonintrusive and professional. the staff always make you feel welcome.The ambience is conducive to quiet conversation.It's my favorite restaurant in which to entertain guests."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I celebrate my birthday at Annisa with my husband and in laws. The food was superb! Everyone loved everything they ordered. I had the roasted beet salad over cashew puree. It was delicious! The steak tartare was scrumptious. My husband got the mussels and they were great. Entrees we had were the scallops, the pork, the steak and the sweet bread pot pie; all were great! For dessert we had the bread pudding and the beignets. Both were incredible! I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "for my wife's birthday we went to one of her favorites... and they, once again, produced a great meal and experience. We chose the 7 course chef's choice tasting menu and it was a great pick... we had things we would never have thought of ordering off the menu and were happily surprised... the pace of the meal was fantastic (we were not rushed), the attentive servers kept our wine glasses at the right level and explained every course as they arrived..."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Slow service, took a very long time for everything but it was worth it. The food was beautiful and every plate looked spectacular. Small portions, delicious food."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "A great dining experience, as usual. Love the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Could not be better. Serene setting with imaginative wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Good food and service but seemed chef going out of the way to be unusual with lots of the choices. Sometimes a little too far out of the way."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I chose to dine at Annisa for my birthday dinner! It was a wonderful experience. My party of three went with the 5 course tasting and everything was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "creative recipes that are well-executed; atmosphere conducive to conversation - a perfect dining experience"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I went to Annisa on the night of my engagement, having been to the resturaunt before I knew it would not disappoint and I have never been so glad to be right. The food, service and ambiance were in a word, perfection. I have always recommended Annisa to friends and family and I will continue to do so. Annisa holds a special place in our hearts now and we will now make visiting a tradition."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dined here on my very last night in New York City with my boyfriend and it definitely exceeded both of our expectations. The foie gras was definitely a winner."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Excellent food, wonderful ambiance, great for a romantic dinner, a special dinner with good friends, etc."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I've been trying to get reservations for Annisa for months. Finally (probably due to 7/4 holiday) got in this week. It's tiny, but the tables are comfortably spaced. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu. The amuse was tasty but didn't blow us away. The 1st course, which for that night was the sashimi, but replaced by tilefish, was ok. We did clean our plates, but again, weren't blown away. Then came the soup dumpling + foie gras...followed by mackeral with fried milk/garlic balls...followed by the most perfectly cooked pork we've ever had. BLOWN AWAY! For dessert, we got 2. Both were very good, but the bread & butter pudding was OUTSTANDING! Service was helpful and friendly. We didn't get to meet the chef-that was the only downside."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Made reservations for business dinner. Service was efficient, food was really really good."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our visit to Annisa. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Two members of our party were late, but they still seated us without a fuss. The bartender was great at offering suggestions on cocktails. Our waiter was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. The reception team was terrific. The ambiance was quiet so you could have a conversation with your friends. We were given a cozy booth that allowed us to have a conversation without having to shout. We thought the food was terrific, but the kitchen doesn't offer a lot of options for vegetable side dishes. However, what we received was well-presented, beautifully prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good high end food. Pleasant if subdued atmosphere with the distinct feeling of a special occasion venue. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and kept smiling despite a frankly miserable couple dining next to us. Would heartily recommend the dumplings and the veal. Not very impressed by the heart of palm, especially at nearly $40 in its guise as an entree. Overall, feel this place warrants its 3 NYT stars and high acclaim."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We got the tasting menu, and everything was terrific delicious! The service and ambient also great! And we had a Biodynamic Wine, really great too! Totally recomendable, congratulations to the Chef Anita Lo and her fabulous team!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We thought the restaurant was average. The squid appetizer was delicious. My buffalo was good. My wife's bass was slightly overcooked."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Some of the best, most interesting food we've ever had... fresh, vibrant, rich... fantastic! not inexpensive, though. And right across the street from our building."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had the 7 course tasting menu. It was phenomenal. Everything was delicious and thoughtfully plated. We are planning to return and have the wine pairing."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am at A loss about how to explain my experience. Food: Salty, salty and salty. There was nothing but tasting salty. Services: very pretentious and no apologies at all for serving poorly prepared dishes. I seriously doubt how this restaurant has received a star from Michelin guide."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "--which was a nice change from most restaurants serving similar dishes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Too many years have passed between my last dinner here although my husband has taken business guests here a few times. It is an intimate spot without feeling like you are on top of anyone. It's very adult; noise level perfect. The minimalist decor is wonderful. And that "minor" matter of food?Just fabulous. Our party of three had various seafood entrees. All were perfection. The mackerel, scallops and sable were sampled by all of us and deemed outstanding. The steak tartare and mussel appetizers the same. Annisa is a first-rate restaurant minus the pretentiousness sometimes associated with places of this ilk."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We tried the tasting menu. For the adventurous diner with a very small appetite. Could the portions get any smaller??? My husband was starving when we left. Taste was ok but not amazing. The ambience was very minimalist and small but not in a cozy or comfortable way. Kind of boring."
    Dined on 6/12/2014