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Blue Hill or Annisa?

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So for my birthday dinner I'm choosing between Blue Hill and Annisa. Both seem to generally get very good reviews on the board. Does anyone care to advise one way or the other? Thanks!

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  1. I was at Blue Hill last weekend for my birthday dinner. I loved it. Good service, not too formal, incredible food. If you like foie gras, I highly recommend it there. When making reservations, make sure you ask for the main room. They first seated us in their back room which is more like a dark porch, which they claimed was air conditioned (it wasn't). But, they were very nice and accomodating when we requested to be moved to a table in the front. So much more comfortable and enjoyable.

    1. I went to Annisa for an anniversary with the GF and loved it. We did the tasting menu and were blown away. The Fois Gras dumpling on spoon is incredible and I was impressed with the entire meal. I have to admit that I've heard some mixed reviews about Annisa on the board but that goes for everywhere I suppose. Annisa is a very intimate place, not many tables and very personal.... If thats what you're looking for I fully recomend it. Anita Lo knows what shes doing & sure to impress! Oh yeah, best baby lamb chops ever!

      1. I went to Blue Hill for my last birthday, Annisa for the one before that. I preferred Annisa, mostly because I fell in love with the foie gras dumpling and the miso sable. Everything at Blue Hill was good (though the quince 3 ways dessert was rather unremarkable); the problem was nothing was great. Also, our waittress was definitely snooty and unfriendly (we are in our mid-twenties and not chic); that's definitely a big part of a nice evening for me (I must say that the bartender on the way out who gave me my coat was super nice - we were like "why couldn't he have served us?"). Given the raves on this board we likely hit a bad night food-wise but it is hard to motivate to go back with my limited fancy-dinner budget.

        1. Having been to both for "special occasions," I think Annisa has better atmosphere and food for a celebration. While I like Blue Hill a lot and think they are doing interesting things there it is not as warm as Annisa.

          You will have a great meal at either.

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          1. re: bickel

            my thoughts exactly! both are lovely, but annisa is a bit more comfortable

          2. I worked with Anita Lo for a special event a couple of summers ago. She's a wonderful chef and was very inspiring for me when I was just starting out in the food biz. Had dinner there once, it was sublime. Go to Annisa, you won't regret it.

            1. Food-wise - Blue Hill knocks out Anissa. They are not in the same league.
              Annisa is more intimate and romantic – an atmosphere that inevitably restraints the food although it is fusion. I prefer Blue Hill’s atmosphere since my personal atmosphere is impacted only by the food and Blue Hill is much better and more exciting. Annisa’s chef is very good. Blue Hill chefs are brilliant.

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                Went to Blue Hill last night for a joint birthday celebration and thought all the food (with the exception of a small scoop of cherry sorbet) was outstanding. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings, which were also (with one exception which was only very good) outstanding. We are in our mid-thirties and not chic, but I thought the waitress was highly professional, genuinely enthusiastic about the wines in particular, and quite helpful with designing a vegetarian tasting menu for one of our party.

                The space is a bit crowded - and I might not choose it for a romantic tete-a-tete, but for a dinner with friends or family it's absolutely fine.

                1. Blue Hill. Absolutely. I had a birthday dinner at Annisa recently, and it was fine, but really only just fine. Nice wine list, and the three tuna starter was amazing, but the main courses were really only just, again, fine. Pleasant but not as special as Blue Hill, nor as pleasant an atmosphere. Blue Hill is ultimately a better value.

                  1. I think Annisa should be very pleasing to anyone who has never been there before, creative and interesting, with a lovely relaxed atmosphere, well-spaced tables, and excellent, caring service. I don't go there much anymore, bu only because the menu virtually never changes, and I've grown tired of ordering the same dishes I've had so many times. I still think the food is wonderful though.

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                    1. re: rrems

                      as it happens I went to both Blue Hill and Annisa on successive weekends last Sept -- the annual anniversary/wife's birthday splurge. Both were excellent, I suppose Blue Hill is more unique or "special" food-wise but our meal at Annisa was equally stunning and the service and surroundings were lovely.