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Annisa for special outing?

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My wife and I want to go out for a special evening that includes a mind-blowing tasting menu. We don't want it to be a place that's overly fussy (like say, Daniel), but instead with a casually elegant vibe and amazing food. I'm thinking Annisa but have never been. Any comments or other ideas?

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  1. I celebrated my anniversary at the restaurant two weeks ago. Can't recommend it enough. Ask for table 8, and order complementary tasting menus that include all the signature dishes (e.g. the foie gras dumplings, the black cod, etc).

    1. annisa is a great choice for it treats you well. this small house enjoys serving people and anita lo is a true searcher of great flavor, you can find bigger or more flamboyant places but none more honest in its product.

      1. Annisa is wonderful. I have been there several times.
        Village atmosphere but real serious food.
        I love it.

        1. I went to Annisa expecting a solid meal. What we had instead was a truly fantastic feast. Of course, my parents paid, which made it even better, but the food was simply sublime. I'd definitely have a tasting menu. You can choose the number of courses (we had four, which was perfectly satisfying). They'll ask you for any sort of dietary problems or preferences. Our waiter was very keen to get as much feedback from us as possible. We spent nearly 15 minutes discussing options. It was a great!

          Chef Lo's deft touch with raw fish is not to be missed. In a city overrun with crudo and sashimi, hers was truly memorable. Equally fantastic were the desserts. They gave us four different plates, which was wonderful. I'd highly recommend the apple tart--I know, it's not sexy-- but it was, without question, the best apple tart I've ever tasted. Equally phenomenal were the lemon-poppyseed cake bars.

          Annis is a gem. Atmosphere, service, food: it's all great.

          1. If you want mind-blowing, then you might want to rethink Annisa. While there were some high notes, there were too many low notes for me to make the experience anything more than average. I wasn't particularly wowed by it at all.

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            1. I did Annisa for a birthday tasting, and it was a wonderful experience. I agree with the previous poster that a dish or two on the eight dish tasting was just good, not great. However, that was overshadowed by the wonderful service, calm and sophisticated atmosphere and overall comfort.

              Another option might be Eleven Madison Park. The food there has been really, really excellent. It's a bit more of a show room, but the service and overall quality is there.

              1. I found the room to be hypnotically boring. The food was equally as unexciting.

                Only if there weren't so many other restaurants in this city, would I consider going back and give it a second try...

                1. I've had more mind blowing food but for a romantic, serene, excellent dinner, Annisa rules...

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                  1. re: sam1

                    I think Annisa is a great choice. The food and service are both excellent, you'll have a good time.