Anassa Taverna

4.5
951 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
This bi-level space is meant to evoke the Greek seashore, with warm weathered colors and decorative jewelry.

Menu includes Mediterranean classics as a Greek salad, grilled lamb chops and a swordfish kebab. There's a raw bar, and daily specials that might include Seafood, Artic Char, Monkfish, Lamb Shank or slow-cooked pork shoulder.
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DK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall good to very good. Food was very good but over priced for a restaurant with only moderate ambiance- especially on the 2nd floor where my party of 4 were seated in a near empty room. Wait staff were very good.

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SU
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

we both had large salads
totally overdressed
great salad selection
there must be a heavy handed person in the kitchen
we should have sent them back

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a random restaurant we picked due to the location and it was amazing to say the least. We had a Greek bottle of wine that was compared to a Sauvignon blanc and it was excellent-only weird thing is they didn’t keep the bottle at the table but the server Ryan was very attentive when it came to filling our glasses. The spinach pie was packed with spinach and it was delicious!!! We also had the rack of lamb (which is 3 large pieces) and the roasted chicken. The roasted chicken was PERFECTLY cooked crispy on the outside nice and juicy on the inside. I wAs sad to see they were out of their lab shank special- but that just means I have to go back! Also the espresso martinis were to die for- I ended up having three!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to, among Vancouver, NYC and Toronto. The food is mind blowing and unique, and the service is equally as good.

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SG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great, authentic Greek food, fresh ingredients, fresh grilled octopus and fish. Awesome if you love Greek

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Way too over priced especially for the potion size.

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VG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went with two families with kids. Personnel was very nice and fast. Table was big and I reserved the night before. Manager is attentive all the time

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

delicious - fresh food and fun DJ on this night. LOVE this place. You can count on good food and lively atmosphere for a bit to eat.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food is always delicious, but on this night the whole place was off: lights were out, service was slow, requests weren’t followed, etc. We were not the only table to notice - others around us also complained.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is my go to place. I love the food, the service, the ambience it’s everything. Always a great time

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RP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Expensive for what you get. Zucchini and eggplant Chips were very good.

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ER
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Planned to take my parents further downtown during their visit, but decided it was too much (they had just driven & hours). Went to Anassa since it’s close to home.
Food was fine. Not amazing but not bad. Just fine. Very expensive for just “fine” food.
Very loud.

I think it’s expensive and busy because of location. Many better options in the area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very attentive! Shrimp appetizer was amazing! Lamb chop entree is big portion.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anassa always has the freshest food,
delicious!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Millennial filled restaurant complete with Apple DJ set the mood and vibe for a very enjoyable evening, complete with good food and service.

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AU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as always. And super accommodating although we arrived late for our reservation.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our dinner at Anessa. This was our first time and we were a group of 7. Each ordered something different from the menu. My husband had the lamb chops and said they were cooked perfectly and I had the sea bass which was excellent. The spreads were a great starter and raw clams very fresh

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n
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat at the bar. Good service, crab cake and meatballs very good. Octopus ok but I’ve had fresher, and spinach fine. Pleasant atmosphere. Would definitely gonna k for a full dinner.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, beautiful building, excellent service and outstading food. What more can I say?

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NG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a 8:00 PM reservation for six people. We arrived at 7:55 PM. We were not seated until 8:45 PM. The manager said " I will make it right" as we were finally seated. We never saw him again, the restaurant did nothing to "make it right".

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sehr gute Küche - alles frisch zubereitet. Der Preis inkl. Tipp ist allerdings recht hoch!

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved Anassa Taverna and will absolutely return!

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NH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, fresh and remind me my experience while i was in Greece. Wine selection was great, waiter that served us was such an amazing guy that advices us great wine, that we bought whole bottle and finished it there ))) it s my 6th time that i visit there and def will stop by again! Thank you for such an amazing experience

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N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sunday special lamb shank not good. Meatballs in tomato sauce were more Italian than Greek.
A friend ordered one fish. No longer available (it’s was 5pm on a Sunday); ordered a second fish, also no longer available. Third one was good though but served w/o any side veggies or rice or anything. Ordered spanakorizo on the side at a cost of $11 so her meal came to over $40. Months husband salmon was good. Ordered one Greek wine bottle but also not available. Not a positive experience and will not return. There are many better (and cheaper) restaurants in Manhattan so we shall not return.

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n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had the grouper tomato soup with vegetables and it was a waste of my time and money
Measly chunks of fish and I can tell you what type of vegetables were in the soup ( server didn’t know what type of veggies were Inside ). Not a cheap place but I can appreciate the location and Greek cuisine
Nice server but wouldn’t come back .

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Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always liked Anassa sinne years. This time a bit low on the experience rating as the servers seemed uninterested in first ones through the door this Sunday, like us. They seemed caught off guard and not ready to begin yet. But food was great as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

staff was great...atmosphere was perfect

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HC
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant numerous times but this time, for lunch, I was a bit disappointed. My guest and I ordered the Greek Salad and Shrimp Mousakka to share. It would be appropriate for the server to help serve the dishes to each of us rather than leave it to our own to this ourselves. There was no large spoon/fork left to separate the food, other than the utensils to eat. A restaurant this good, with a positive reputation, should do a bit more than dump the salad and main dish on the table, especially when they encourage shared dishes at lunch. I encourage the restaurant to institute a change in this regard and instruct their servers to assist when two people are sharing a dish. I will return, but hope that they take positive steps to improve in this area.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group trip

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was too loud for conversation

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and lively atmosphere but it was too loud. It was hard to speak above the DJ's music.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend for an early lunch
THe chicken soup and Greek salad were perfect for a cold crisp windy day

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s
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A friend and I chose this restaurant because of its convenient location for our meeting. We both ordered Cobb salad--it was ok, definitely not great. Service and ambiance were fine. We were not rushed. So, we will try a repeat visit ordering a different salad (we saw some go by which looked very good) and will sit upstairs which is quieter before crossing Anassa Tavern off our list.

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FR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! Will definitely return. Friendly staff- fresh and flavorful food. A winner!!

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Amazing service, food, and staff. Will definitely be coming back. THANK YOU!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Music was way too loud for lunch/brunch at 1pm that we couldn’t even hear each other. When we asked to turn down the music they said that most likely they can’t because that’s the atmosphere. And the waiter mixed up the bills and swiped our card for another table and after realizing the mistake, had to cancel the charge to re-process it for our correct bill.

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BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a glass of wine and dinner with family and friends.

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D
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like to eat grilled seafood at Greek restaurants and enjoy Greek wines, and I was pleased with the choices here. The fish was fresh and well prepared, though not deboned very well. A small bowl of favs served with the bread is a nice touch. The tables are crowded, especially in the glassed-in section downstairs. My only real gripe is that seafood entrees are strictly a la carte and sides are expensive for what you get. This means prices, which seem reasonable, are actually 20% higher than they seem at first. And wine prices are a little high, though typical for a Manhattan restaurant.

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F
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was totally inattentive. Had to continually stop her as she walked by our table.

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