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Mas or Annisa?

williej33 Jun 22, 2007 06:50 AM

I'm taking my girlfriend out for our anniversary next month, want to try someplace new and neither of us has been to Mas or Annisa. Both sound like they have great romantic atmosphere, and I can handle the cost at either. In terms of service, ambience, and consistency in the quality of food, which of these do folks recommend? Thanks!

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    mr_seabass RE: williej33 Jun 22, 2007 07:19 AM

    Annisa wins hands down in my opinion. My wife and I always enjoy it immensely. It's very understated, with great food and wine.

    I was disappointed with Mas and don't intend to return.

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      scrittrice RE: mr_seabass Jun 22, 2007 08:14 AM

      Never been to Annisa, but Mas was one of the most overpriced meals I've eaten in NYC or anywhere. Completely mediocre food at four-star prices. The restaurant is pretty, but that's it.

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        jsmitty RE: scrittrice Jun 22, 2007 04:42 PM

        agree vociferously about mas! mas doesnt seem to wow you like it should considering the price-point, the hype, the servers gushing about the food... conversley, annisa is a wow. i love annisa. there's my pick. tasting menu is the way to go. good cocktails as well.

    2. Deb Van D RE: williej33 Jun 22, 2007 08:27 AM

      Annisa would be my pick as well. Pretty, pretty place and I have enjoyed it several times very much. It was a birthday pick for me a couple of years ago, and of the last three celebrations, it was the only one that didn't disappoint.

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        sam1 RE: Deb Van D Jun 22, 2007 08:31 AM

        annisa is the perfect intimate, romantic but not cheesy choice for a nice dinner in the west village. tasting menu is the way to go.

        i want to like mas because of the area and the space but the food quality just doesnt warrant the prices.

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          Will4Food RE: sam1 Jun 22, 2007 09:58 AM

          Annisa...no contest...and have the chef select your menu---every course a surprise, every course a gem...Don't understand why this place isn't more popular. GO.

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            trvln light RE: Will4Food Jun 22, 2007 12:44 PM

            another vote for annisa....and you must try the foie gras dumplings!

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        laurieb0078 RE: williej33 Jun 22, 2007 04:54 PM

        Although I've never been to or heard of Mas, Annisa was largely disappointing and I would not recommend. The Place is very romantic and much better food!

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          kayonyc RE: williej33 Jun 22, 2007 09:24 PM

          Haven't been to Mas (and don't think I will after some of these comments!) but had a lovely meal at Annisa two years ago. Definitely go with the tasting meal - the chef is mindful of your preferences, unlike with most other tasting course options. The food is thoughtful, artfully prepared and presented, and the setting, soothing. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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            williej33 RE: kayonyc Jul 5, 2007 01:52 PM

            Thanks to all for your advice-- we actually finagled a last minute Babbo reservation and are headed there Saturday night. But now I've got Annisa and The Place towards the top of my list, with Mas knocked down a notch or two.

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              feedmegood RE: williej33 Jul 8, 2007 11:53 AM

              too bad mas was knocked down....
              I think if you go in understanding that the food is high cost you can really enjoy your meal at mas.... ideally i prefer to sit at the bar have an app main dessert and a a glass of wine and out of there for around 80. Which considering the quality of food, if you know your way around the menu, is a great deal. I would put the preperation of the food at the same level as babbo, the flavors are much more subtle and nuanced, but when done well they shine.
              Annisa on the other hand (in my opinion )is great of you want to walk out full and comfortable with nothing interesting or hitting all cylinders. Everything was fine, i dont remember anything that i had, except that it all was outdated and looked like gotham circa 1989. Thankfully i didnt pay the check, but when it came down to it, i was full and comfortable when i left...... needless to say i havent been back.

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                jsmitty RE: feedmegood Jul 8, 2007 04:00 PM

                hitting all cylinders is what Anita Lo does with her creative cooking....

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