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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
  • "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
  • "We had a fantastic experience-romantic dinner couples and small family groups (with very well behaved children) with superb food and professional but friendly made this is a romantic and delightful place to eat."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Best bite: soup dumpling with bit of seared foie gras. Eat it the way they tell you with the dumpling in the spoon and grip it with the chop sticks. After I bit into it and broth dropped on the plate I bemoaned that lost broth. Totally didn't expect that to happen. The sable was also amazing with a different yummy broth. My spouse had the pork. She does not like runny eggs but went ahead and broke the yolk anyway. She said she couldn't believe what a perfect sauce it made with everything else on the plate. Obviously just what the chef had in mind. Chocolate tasting for dessert was perfect. I could not finish it. To the shock of my spouse I said I was "chocolates out." Complimented the friendly and attentive service staff on the way out."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Annisa was fine, just fine, but not great, not poor. The place was ok, the service was ok, the food was good, not great. Sadly, this is one of those places you go once, and don't feel a compelling need to go back to. I doubt it will be the same restaurant in 3 years. Nothing great and nothing terrible. I'll be looking at Zagats to find new and different places to dine: Annisa won't likely get a second date, as it won't be making my MUST go to list in NYC!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "variety, quality and presentation match a Michelin star rating and definitely met my expectations. Exquisite food and amazing service!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food and great service. Wonderful presentation and flavor. Everyone took great care of me. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Service and food were impeccable- the cocktails were delicious as was every dish we ordered in our party of 4. A classy environment that isn't pretentious or stuffy at all- everyone would feel welcome here, including kids, but the meals are delicious enough to make you feel extra fancy."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My husband took me to Annisa for my birthday, and the food was inspired and delicious. There's an element of comfort, merged with beautiful technique. I would recommend it without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "From Sashimi, to charred foi gras... From Shanghai-style soup dumplings to the concluding ode to offal and pot-pie... All that, plus a dizzying stopover in no-man's land, courtesy of a seared fillet of Spanish Mackerel floating in Gochujang, and surrounded by milk-and-garlic tempura globes (and that's not counting the cubes of satsumaimo scattered between the globes). Our prix-fixe meal was a truly peripatetic stroll with more suprises and sudden turns than you might expect in a Greenwich Village restaurant. We will be going back very soon!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food at Annisa is superlative -- imaginative and delicious. Service is cordial without being fussy, and the small space feels intimate. My only complaint is that Annisa's decor is severe and chilly. This enhances attention to the food, but it makes the experience marginally less festive than at NYC's other world-class restaurants. In compensation, however, Annisa's high prices are less skyscraping than at rival gastronomic palaces. Annisa is one of the city's treasures."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Fortunately, my husband loved it as much as I had on my first visit without him. Everything was excellent, beautifully prepared with just enough invention to be interesting, but not distracting (like the farm egg yolk with the luscious pork loin, each cooked to perfection). Also, when I asked our server to describe the difference between a couple of wines in order to match our food, she made an alternate wine recommendation that was both perfect & less expensive than what I'd been contemplating. I will go back again, & my husband will eagerly agree!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Duck appetizer is the best thing on earth!!! Will go back just for that"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Living in the midwest, I became a fan of Chef Anita Lo through her TV appearances, wanting to taste everything she made but having no opportunity to do so. Finally had a business trip to NY and Annisa was the first restaurant I made reservations for. I had a week of fine dining at a different place every night and this was definitely the best meal of the bunch. My co-worker who accompanied me (and had zero knowledge of Chef Lo) agreed. Intimate, romantic setting with great service and magnificent food. No one else I spoke to in NY had heard of it so it may be a hidden gem. I will definitely return if I make it back to NY; I can't say that for any of the other restaurants."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Came with six people. Were extremely accommodating. Chef Anita Lo was friendly and greeted everyone when recognized. Extremely gracious. Outstanding flavors. Fabulous waiter and maître'd. Will happily return again and again. Soothing space"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Everything about this place is quality. The food, the service, the attentiveness and care of the staff, the comfort of the furnishing - were all outstanding. We had the 5 course tasting menu and it was sublime, we never wanted the meal to end. I could eat here every night. Really interesting food, brilliantly executed and served. One of our party is gluten intolerant and they were careful of this in every course. A truly memorable experience. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening at Annisa. The room is beautifully appointed, with large windows and elegant, soothing decor in neutral tones. We had a hard time choosing from the many enticing menu selections. The atmosphere was quiet without being stuffy or staid. It was refreshing to see that the other diners took care with their wardrobe choices. There was not a hoodie or athletic shoe in sight. The food and service were impeccable. I'd love to have this restaurant in my own neighborhood. Long live Annisa. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014