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Permanently Closed - Annisa

4.5
1990 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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 a three-star rating in the New York Times in 2014. 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. Prices include service; gratuity is not expected.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 741-6699
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anita Lo
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West 4th and 7th Avenue South
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Public transit
1 Train to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square, B/D/F/M or A/C/E to West 4th Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Great but, Bittersweet. Last meal at Annissa! Hope to taste Anita Li again sometime/somewhere in the future!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Excellent food and service in an ambience where you can actually hear each other talk!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Sad to see this place close!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Will miss this place fondly.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

As always, spectacular food and wine. We are all sad to lose the brilliant food and lovely ambience when Annisa closes. But we look forward to her next adventure!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

WONDERFUL (as always) - don't miss out on the Foie Gras soup dumplings!! Save room for dessert, especially the posset or chocolate mini assortment!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

I am so happy to have tried Annisa, but wish I'd done so sooner so that I'd have time to go back. It's closing at the end of this month and it will be a loss to NYC fine cuisine. We had outstanding service and very special food.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Vegetarians beware! We had a fantastic time. A lot of the dishes were meat-heavy, accompanied by a few twigs of greens, if that. Our table participated in the tasting menu. It started out with small portions but we were very full by the end of the night. The flavorings were uber rich, perhaps on the salty side. I enjoyed every dish, from amuse bouche to post-dessert plate. Lovely warm service, and cozy, comfortable ambience. The establishment is conveniently located in Greenwich Village.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2017

The food is very innovative, but verges on precious. Portions are small and expensive.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, simple decor, fantastic jazzy blues music. We were blown away by the food. Great wine & cocktail list as well.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2017

The staff couldn't have been nicer. The service was great. The food was good but not as good as it was the last time we dined. The appetizer and main course was much more salty than normal - but not over the line - close but not over. The dessert was so tasty in spite of the fact that both desserts (bread pudding and beignets) were overdone. That being said our time was very enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Returned to Annisa with family to experience this delicious and differentiated restaurant one more time prior to closing. Food was interesting as always - some dishes better than others (I felt a bit over salted). Dessert yum. Service was mixed - sadly, our server was so deadpan and not particularly gracious (e.g. did not ask if we wanted a drink as is customary...I had to bring this up in order for it to be asked). The wine steward was quite nice. I get it - everybody at Annisa must be sad as the restaurant is closing...but it took away from my enjoyment, which is a shame. May try it again prior to closing but if not, au revoir.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Superb food, pleasant service, quiet --great for conversation but the room is tired. Time for a nip/tuck.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Took an hour for two appetizer. Everything was on the salty side.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2017

My wife and I moved to the West Village just 10 days before September 11, 2001. Annisa has been our favorite neighborhood place to dine for the past 16 years and we enjoyed our last or perhaps next to last dinner there last evening. Sadly Annisa will be closing at the end of the month. The loss to the Village and the rest of the city will be substantial, but hopefully chef Anita Lo will reopen another restaurant in the not too distant future. Over the years were have been warmly greeted by Jennifer, then Gregory and now Michael and we will miss all of them. Chef Lo is not only an amazing and creative chef, but she is a wonderful warm person with a great sense of humor. All of the food that she serves at Annisa is serious and beautifully presented. The entire staff of waiters and much more will hopefully find new employment quickly. My wife and I will miss everyone at Annisa as well as all of the amazing dinners that we have enjoyed there over the years.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Had the five course tasting menu. May have been the best soup dumplings and lemon curd bread pudding I have ever eaten. Took away a little because one of the servers was deadpan and didn't give us all the information regarding the dishes she brought out. Also, the pork belly was too one note. It wasn't crispy. Just fatty.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great restaurant. Sorry you are closing. Hope you re-open.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Too bad it's closing in May. Food is delicious.
Staff was attentive & knowledgable

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2017

This was my third visit to Annisa. I don't eat out often so when I do, I prefer to have dinner at restaurants where I know the overall experience will be excellent. The food and service are amazing and I love that I can actually have a conversation with a friend without having to shout across the table at her. That's rare in NY.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2017

This was our farewell dinner at Annisa,since it is closing next month. The food and service,as per usual, was divine but the prices have doubled!! We each had a drink and the seven course tasting menu. It set us back $375! The chef/owner said she decided to close when clients stopped coming in after she changed her pricing to incorporate tips, and property taxes went through the roof. Sadly Anita didn't change her new pricing model. I also felt that at these prices, the cashier should have been wearing a suit and tie instead of chinos and an oxford collared shirt. This has always been a very special place for us. We are sorry to see this establishment go.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

The cocktails, apps, entrees, wine, ambiance, and service were top notch as always. This has long been my favorite restaurant. I'm glad I was able to get in before they close. I'm so sad to see them go.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Truly a special restaurant and chef, I will be sad to see it go!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Dinner was amazing and we loved the environment. I am so sorry that Annisa will be closing as I would definitely go back for another occasion. I will look forward to what Anita Lo does next.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

A fabulous restaurant. Wonderful food full of surprising flavors in a comfortable room in which you can talk and hear your table companions without effort. We are so sad it is closing....

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Profoundly great cooking. Chief with well deserved world class reputation.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Delicious and imaginative dishes, impeccable service and subtle decor.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

The tasting menu was chef's choice and wonderful. We intend to dine there again before their closing.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2017

What a shame that after 17 years Annisa is closing. A truly special dining in every way. Let's hope that after some time off, NYC will again be blessed with Anita Lo's specialness.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

We are heartbroken that Annisa is closing soon, and had to get in for one last meal. Everything was impeccable as always. Anita Lo & staff: thank you for providing such a gem to the neighborhood and NYC food scene for so many years. You will be missed!

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2017

High prices (even with service included) and small portions, not a good combination.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Creative, delicious and unique! Highly recommend. The best dish I had was the soup dumpling and fois gras - simply delish!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. We are very, very sorry it's closing. We have such wonderful memories eating here, and this final meal was superb, maybe the best yet.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Wonderful restaurant in every respect -- food, ambience, service. You're made to feel welcome and warmly taken care of without being fawned over. The food is extraordinary.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Inventive and precisely prepared food and a comfortable, laid back, small restaurant ambience. Best quality/ price ratio among the top flight NYC restaurants

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience. We had a cocktail to start and it was beautifully made. We then had the 7 course tasting menu and matched wines. Every dish was delicious and the wines chosen worked perfectly. Lovely service, the servers were friendly and explained each dish clearly and concisely. We really loved everything about our dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Had a wonderful time, yet again. I'll be sad to see this play close.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

It was my dad's birthday. It's his favorite restaurant in NYC and he's sad that it'll close soon.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2017

The restaurant has a good atmosphere, you can hear yourselves speak and the dining room is nicely decorated. Unfortunately however, the service whilst polite and friendly, was so,so slow. We waited over 90 minutes before our main course was served, and it had to be chased by us. And to be frank, the food wasn't worth waiting for.. Each of our seven friends remarked that their meal was not all that good and certainly our evening was not worth the $1000 bill... Sorry, can maybe see why you will be closing down...

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