Annisa
Annisa

Annisa

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.annisarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2127416699x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Annisa reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (141)special occasion (122)romantic (104)neighborhood gem (75)notable wine list (49)hot spot (9)good for groups (6)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A Delightful Experience
    metrio
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have to say, this is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the city. While there are a lot of things on the menu, you can't go wrong by doing the tasting menu. Each dishes hit just the right notes as you build up to dessert. I can't possibly decide on one specific dish to talk about, however I can say that they were all delicious. The desserts, sweet without being too sweet. Anita know exactly what she's doing and I appreciated every bite of it. The service was stupendous, Anna our server definitely treated us well and didn't skip a beat throughout service.
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annisa
    BebeH
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The atmosphere is serene; the staff is knowledgeable; the taste and presentation of the food is perfection. Rich ingredients are prepared in a delicate manner. We had the seven course tasting and felt we received a great representation of the menu. Each dish and the meal as a whole was well balanced. Blending Asian, European and American influences creating a unique cuisine. Hats off for Chef Anita Lo. We left fully satisfied but not stuffed...and that is a good thing.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST For Foodies
    Bedford4e
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    If you can get a reservation go go go! The menu is somewhat limited favoring fish dishes but everything is prepared so differently and tastefully you can't go wrong. Appys are creative and also outstanding. You never realized that fresh ingredients tasted so go. The room is somewhat small but the noise level is moderate. Servers know their stuff and can tell you about every ingredient in your meal. Server garb looked a little sloppy and a tad too casual but that's a minor flaw. So in summary if you like creative, we'll prepared and fresh food without an attitude go, go, go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding in every way!
    CGEF
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had dinner at Annisa the on Friday night and had a superb time there. There was not a weak note in the meal -- everything was amazing, the flavors clear and fresh and delicious! We had the squid and the dumpling appetizers and the sable and the mackerel for entree's, all were inventively prepared and incredible. Don't leave without having the bread pudding for dessert -- it was so good! The atmosphere is elegant, sparse, sophisticated -- but not at all uptight. The service was also perfect -- our waiter was funny, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable but not at all intrusive. This is a great spot for a special meal -- highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low Key High Brow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Had dinner yesterday with a dear friend from out of town with great expectations fueled by a dear friend and chef SM. The part from the service was that it was zero snootiness. Super warm and friendly service in a small dinner area. The food was just perfect except from a slighly over salted potato pancake, nothing atrocious jsut a bit off in a sea of perfection. We had the five course tasting menu (really gunning for the 7 course but my friend overruled me). It was an archipelago of tastes and textures. This was accompanied by a fantastic whine recommended by the sommelier (at it was not the most expensive in the list!). Our waitress was super attentive and cordial. Overall a fantastic experience. Highly recommend Annisa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food was fine, nothing spectacular. Tables are well spaced but weirdly all face into the center table like a stage. So woe is you, like me, if you are seated at that four top with about 20 people facing straight at you and not their dining companions. Uncomfortable
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  • visitor to New York
    boulderitej
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Thought that the food was delicious with lovely taste and great presentation. The ambience was very nice and the noise level was pretty good considering the small size of the space. The service was excellent. Attentive without intruding. Highly reccomend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • splendid dining
    ThingsAsian
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I enjoy cooking at home and understand the importance of fresh ingredients, so a critical element of dining for us is whether the food is "as good as home." Well, all of the food was delicious and exceeded our expectations - it was better than at home: the blackfish sashimi was divine, the salmon perfectly charred and still moist inside, and the fried milk was a spectacular accompaniment to the mackerel. the poppy seed bread pudding was delightfully contrasted by the lemon sauce, and the pecan brioche was crunchy and oh-so-satisfying. The wine list had plenty of excellent choices - ours, a 1-st Cru Chablis was a great compliment to our food. Attentive service + tasteful atmosphere made for a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Always try to get there for special occasion. We come from Philadelphia . I think she is one of the most innovative chefs I'm the city. Each time we come we r surprised with the different tastes and her amazing preparations. Love her and her cooking. Always will try to come back if u can get a table.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 7 course extravaganza
    Peep
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We treated ourselves with the 7 course tasting menu, and it was simply amazing. Annisa took our tastebuds to an adventure we will not forget. The service was also outstanding.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    g2vin
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Annisa continues to offer a dining experience that transcends the competition. Somehow, Anita Lo combines taste surprise and discovery with food that is so accessible it could be comfort food. The soup dumpling with foie gras and the meyer lemon bread pudding are edible Mozart: so apparently simple and beautiful (but don't try to make them at home). This time around, BTW, my favorite new experience was the sashimi. Order the tasting menu, sit back, and let it happen. A favorite!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Airplane Food: not good, not enough
    OpenTableAsked
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Taking the "only time slot available" 5:30 table, we noticed 6 other tables still empty at 6:30. Huh? Then we discovered bite by bite we didn't agree with the "taste" literally and figuratively of the screaming raves, from customers and Pete Wells etc. about the creative combinations by the chef. I'd use that phrase for a taste of foie gras with a sip of Monbazillac, or a small slice of warm Tete de Veau with aioli, or.... peanut butter and jelly....not e.g. for the 'homage to asparagus' of 3 short thin slices atop each of four smallish scallops, entree costing $39 or other pairings promised on the menu, hints of foie gras, white truffle, pigs feet garnish then indiscernible in the miniscule portions of the actual entrees served. Silly!
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  • Englishguy
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Lovely, small restaurant with intimate tables. Service low-key, but good. Food excellent, however, portions very small, bordering on the meagre. Good wine. Would visit again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • LoveNYCdiningVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Always a winner. Annisa never disappoints. Food, Service and Ambience at the top of their game.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • A Sublime Experience
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Having travelled and dined all over the world's bests, you won't find a better fish or chicken dish than Annisa's Sablefish and stuffed chicken mains. Absolutely delicious and generous portion sizes. Wonderful staff all around too. Well, a lot of folks gush over their foie dumpling app. But personally, I wasn't bowled over.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not outstanding
    TOmartin
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The two of use split three appetizers, a main course, and two desserts, which worked out pretty well. The restaurant was very accommodating, providing extra plates and splitting the main course before bringing it to us. Among the appetizers, we really liked the sashimi, the heart of palm was interesting, and soup was really too salty. (When we pointed out the excessive saltiness of the soup, the server was somewhat defensive. I don't believe that level of saltiness could have been intended.) The main course, the sable, was fine, but we were glad we each had only a half portion. The dish consists mainly of fish and broth; it's good, but a bit one-dimensional for a main course. The passion fruit sorbet was excellent, the chocolate good.
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  • Worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Have wanted to try this restaurant for a while and availability never worked with our timing so we were quite happy to get in there. We were not disappointed. Ms Lo is gifted! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal choices from the tasting menu. Waitress could learn to tone down something that's a tad offputting about her mannerism...you can't quite define what it is, but it is palpable and unwelcome. Otherwise a beautiful dining experience with love filled food and great wine choices. It was definitely worth the wait to get a reservation that worked for us.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tenth Anniversary Celebration
    Oona
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We celebrated out 10th anniversary here on Wednesday. The food was incredibly delicious, and imaginative , as I expected. The waitstaff were lovely. My only problem is that given the way the room is arranged, what we saw as we ate, were a lot of people (staff) racing back and forth...they moved very quickly, which is obviously effecient, but not pleasant to watch while you are eating. Also, the room was a little noisier that I was expecting, and wanting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The. Best.
    OutOfTownerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Annisa continues to be an amazing restaurant. The decor and the service is perfect -- subtle and stylish. But that's not really the point. I go to restaurants for the food. And there is where Annisa **really** shines. What makes Anissa so special is how well the plates hold together. Many highly rated restaurants will give you complicated plates that are thematically linked, but the they feel disjointed. Everyone on a plate at Annisa works together as flavors and textures, in addition to ideas. The level of execution at Annisa is wonderful, but what gets me every time in the conception of the dishes. I know of no other restaurant that matches it. Not Per Se or French Laundry. Not anyone.
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    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Annisa team went above and beyond in helping us celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary. Their train was delayed for over an hour yet they sat us and told us the table was ours for the night. Service was gracious, we were the last to leave but never felt rushed. The food is stellar and feels fresh yet familiar at the same time. Bravo, Anita and her wonderful team!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    5 course tasting menu. Small portions but at the end of the meal, felt satisfied if not exactly full. Food was delicious with unusual, creative components. All ingredients incredibly fresh and high quality. Dining room simple but elegant. Service attentive without being stuffy. Epitomizes comfortable fine dining.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love excellence in food
    PaulM
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We can't say enough about Anissa. We loved every moment of our experience there. The service was top drawer and very friendly. The sommelier was outstanding. The food... delectable. A definite must return to spot next time we are in New York. The room is fine... nothing special, but very soothing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have dessert first!
    Foodie4Fun
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    That line is on the first page of the menu at one of our local favorites. The whole expression goes: "Life's short. Have dessert first!" While I don't truly recommend that you do so, at Annisa dessert is certainly something you should plan to save room for. Both dishes we had were, as my wife said, "to die for." My wife and I chose Annisa for the culmination of a weekend of celebrating our 41st anniversary. What a perfect choice it was. Our server, Conrad, was knowledgeable, helpful, and exactly what you would want in a server, as were all those who assisted him. The menu is imaginative and the food is delicious and exquisitely prepared and presented. If we lived in NYC we would make it a regular. Can't recommend it highly enough!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous birthday dinner!
    jenivirgoVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a wonderful 5-person birthday dinner. The service was amazing as was every bite of food. No one ordered the same thing, so we got to taste almost the entire menu. The only disappointment was that we had to leave so hastily to complete the next part of our birthday celebration, but we will definitely be back. If there has to be one demerit, I would not give it to the food or service, but perhaps the decor. I know they had to update things recently because of a fire, but the room still feels a little "old."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing resturant and chef
    Stacey215
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Went back after our first visit years ago and the resturant and food are even better. We were so impressed, again, with the service and the tasting menu. This place is a must visit - don't miss tasting menu!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the last time
    doctort
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Went based on review from NYT and a friend. Excellent prep and flavours, but some dishes small. Particularly good for fish. Wine pairings were thoughtful but mostly from the by the glass offerings.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menu very limited and quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    menu very limited and quite disappointing. considering that we like all kinds of food the list of entrees very limited and not very raetive
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  • Lovely but ...
    KurrerBVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I hate criticizing this place because I've had some lovely times and food here in the past and I really respect the chef but last night's meal was, sorry to say, boring. The main ingredients in my celery root and oyster soup didn't marry, and there was no flavor at all in the Rainbow trout with artichoke main course. The sauce was mere water, the fish overcooked, and the baby artichokes--could they have come from a can? First time in life I felt I had to salt a piece of fish. Oh, my heart breaks. Anita, where were you? Serves me right for not ordering the foie gras dumplings like everybody else.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our meal was really fantastic. The sashimi appetizer was just so wonderfully flavored. As was the celery soup. We had the rabbit and pork entrees. just perfectly balanced dishes. we will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprise
    MorrVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    For me, the surprise was that the Asian touches were very subtle. For instance: Sable marinated (?) in miso. ever so slightly sweet. A heavenly , cool lime dessert.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Annisa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I had wanted to eat here for a long time and finally went with a friend on my birthday! It was the perfect place to celebrate it. The menu was an eclectic mix of seafood and meat and also some vegetarian dishes. We split three appetizers and had a main fish course each. Our meal was superb and the staff excellent. Thank you Annisa!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    guy531
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were recommended to this restaurant and told it was one of the best in NYC. While the food was good, it was hardly as good as it was portrayed. The menu was very limited and the dishes did not stand out. On top of that, the prices were very high. Clearly not worth it. I don't mind paying top prices for excellent cuisine, but this was not it. Also the waiter had an attitude that other members of my party noticed. One thing that did stand out was the desert of benes. Other than that it is an overpriced mediocre restaurant.
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  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was very underwhelming. There are too many other great options in the west village to go to. Also, service was not great. We did the tasting menu and it was not worth the money. We walked away very disappointed.
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  • One of the best restaurants
    naninniVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    A find. Very small and intimate incredible service. couldn't have been better. We had the mackerel and the sable. Skip the sable it was good but can't compare to the mackerel its not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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  • After umpteen phone calls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    After umpteen phone calls from restaurant and to the restaurant our tables were not ready when we arrived and the hostess's attitude was quite unpleasant. Given that we were a table of six and a table of four and nine oclock it was disconcering. The food was delicious and the room serene. The restaurant would be better served to have a welcoming person greet you.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Incredible
    Nate
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The term amazing gets thrown around a lot, but Chef Anita Lo's creations at Annisa we're absolutely incredible. My date and I had the 5 course tasting menu, and every course hightened to new and amazing levels. Annisa is a foodie's paradise, and I cannot recommend it more highly.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    VanKid
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I was so lucky to get to enjoy an Anita Lo experience. Perfect for our anniversary.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Anissa was an extraordinary dinning experience. We had the 5 course tasting menu. Each course was delicious in its own right but they also flowed and progressed into a lovely and satisfying meal. Service was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    farawaybeachVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Annisa is my favorite restaurant in NYC, bar none. Try the steak tartare with bulgur and sesame tofu, the rabbit with pistachio, and the poppyseed bread pudding with lemon curd. It is...the best.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice decor and excellent
    SkidRoe
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Very nice decor and excellent service. Food was excellent too, if a little bland. We expected more creativity given the hype and reviews, but enjoyed the experience.
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    fit for foodies
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