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13 Barrow St., New York, NY, 10014
Reserve for special occasions!
By PrincessNY on 3/2/2013
Been here a couple of times for special occasions. The dishes never dissappoint and are always intriguing. Great cocktails and wine selection. Elegant yet cozy atmosphere. Nice casual small bar area by window.
Happy, fulfilled, and excited
By inkjoe on 8/15/2012
Dined here on tuesday night, had the 7 course tasting. THe staff was so nice, attentive, funny, casual but professional. Just my speed. Though the decor looked formal, the vibe was decidedly chill, which is also just my speed. The sable on crispy tofu dish is officially one of my two favorite dishes in all of NYC. Each dish of the tasting was exciting, fun, and most of all, delicious. I love this place. Can't say a single bad thing about it. Thank you for being in NYC.
i'm in shock
By mms234 on 5/1/2012
I just experienced one of the WORST restaurant experiences I've ever had in my 10 years of dining in the city. The worst part of it all was it was a work dinner where I was entertaining customers and was completely humiliated by the staff. The first incident occurred when I was waiting for my guests at 6pm and was only one of a handful of patrons in the restaurant at the time. When my customers approached me at 6:15 to say hello one of the staff members approached me simultaneously to tell me that my reservation would be cancelled if we didn't sit immediately. Trying to brush it off we all sat down only to have an ANGRY waitress wait on us the entire time. It got so uncomfortable that both my customers and myself spent the entire meal trying to PLACATE the waitress!!! The attitude out of the waitress was absolutely disgraceful. I was in a business setting where both myself and my guests were highly professional and courteous- unfortunately I can't say the same for the staff at this restaurant. 700.00 dollars later- i'm disgusted to have given a cent to this restaurant. I don't care how good the food was (which it was) but a staff this disrespectful doesn't deserve any business as far as i'm concerned. I'm actually sitting here writing this review upset and humiliated at how myself and my guests were treated this evening. Best of luck to this restaurant- hopefully for the owners sake they hire a new staff....
5 course tasting - the verdict:
By Abbey on 1/30/2012
We loved this restaurant! The room is gorgeous and intimate, the service was friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was phenomenal! We did the 5 course tasting and every dish was beautiful, creative, vibrant and seasoned beautifully. Our favorites were the frois gras soup dumplings (a marriage made in heaven), the fluke, the Mackerel and the Lamb. Okay, I named 4 of the 5 dishes but they were so delicious and the Asian flare on a delicate french preparations sealed the deal. Our desserts were good (they gave us two different desserts so we could have the opportunity to try more than one), not fabulous - but they didn't ruin the meal - just not on par with dinner. We will definitely return for another special meal.
Delicious! Focused on the Food.
By weisske on 8/3/2011
Checked out Annisa on a Tuesday night for an anniversary dinner. I had been wanting to try it pre-fire and was happy to see it reopen. We were greeted by the hostess and seated immediately at one of the tables along the exterior of the restaurant. My fiance and I were sitting next to each other which can be intimate but can make conversation awkward. Our server came to take our drink orders (Martini up for him, house cocktail - Honey Lavender Julep - yum!! for me). Service was somewhat slow in the we-think-you-should-relax-and-enjoy-yourselves kind of way. It was a busy Tuesday night and the restaurant was filled with repeat diners, some who hadn't been back since the fire. The servers pitched in for each other so that we never spent too long without someone checking on us. We opted for the 5-course tasting menu ($78 per person) since we couldn't decide and nothing stood out to us. After answering a few questions about dietary restrictions (none), foie gras (yes, please), and raw items (bring it on!), we were on our way to a chef's choice dining experience. Anita Lo came out to greet a few tables! (wow!) and it all felt very intimate, relaxed, and focused on the food. Our first course was Tuna Hot and Cold. Second was the Halibut. Third was the Duck served three ways. And last were two desserts. My favorite above all was the Duck. Absolutely delicious. I would go back for the duck alone.
By cuckooducks on 6/23/2010
I ate at Anissa last week and absolutely loved it. The room is gorgeous, it feels very calm and beautiful. We had the chef's tasting menu and were not disappointed, the kitchen was extremely accommodating, the service was absolutely impeccable and the food was faultless, delicious, fantastic. I cant wait to come back!
Doesn't cut it...
By amelialocks on 4/15/2009
Service and presentation were good and our waiter was helpful and enthusiastic, but the food was flat. Were early and had a glass of champagne at the bar. The service was great and the bay windows very cozy. Dinner menu was creative, but everything I ordered was boring, over salted, or just WRONG. My Herb Salad was wilted, and too salty with no flavor. My fish entree was so blah that I don't even remember it. The Hazelnut Tart dessert was the worst offense of all. The texture is like pancake batter with sand. It was way too sweet with no interesting flavor. After one bite, we set it aside. Our friends got the apple tart, which looked much better. Although my questions about Annisa have been answered, the $500 tab was a hefty price to pay. There are so many amazing restaurants in Manhattan. The competition is fierce, and they really need to step up the game in their kitchen. Based on older reviews, this restaurant seems to have done well when they first opened years ago, but a revival is necessary unless they want to disappear into the fold. We will not be returning.
By BigNad982 on 2/2/2009
Just had the 5 course tasting menue and it was delicious. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
By Teddy on 5/25/2005
Anita Lo really knows what she is doing. Food is always DELCIOUS, creative and beautifully presented.Restaurant is gorgeous, elegant and Jennifer is the perfect hostess. Apple tart is the best in New York. This is a really special and classy restaurant!!!
Perfection, more or less
By spinario on 8/18/2004
Almost guaranteed bliss. The food is highly imaginative, but never freaky. Magnificent fish dishes, the chicken is perfection. First courses are surprising in just the right way to stimulate the appetite and set the evening on an exciting course. Wine list fascinating. It provides the perfect golden mean where elegant meets informal.
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