Chef & Owner of Annisa
Anita Lo is the chef and owner of Annisa and one of the most respected chefs in the country having earned numerous accolades for her inventive Contemporary American cuisine. Lo opened Annisa in 2000, an intimate restaurant in Greenwich Village. In June 2009, a fire destroyed therestaurant entirely and while plans for rebuilding Annisa got underway, Lo appeared on Top Chef Masters and finished fourth out of 24 chefs. In April 2010, after a complete renovation, Annisa was reopened and then in October 2011, Lo released her first cookbook, Cooking Without Borders, which highlights her passion for bringing multicultural flavors to her American kitchen. 14 years later, Annisa continues to impress critics and members of the media, and even just recently received a glowing 3-star re-review from Pete Wells at The New York Times.
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot, About Chinese Women by Julia Kristeva, and about 8 other books that have been there forever.
Design is one of the most important aspects of a successful restaurant. It’s the initial impression, it sets the mood, and defines you.
What are the most popular dishes/rolls at your restaurant and which are your personal favorites?
The foie gras soup dumplings and the sablefish sell very well and have been on the menu since the beginning. I stand behind everything I put on the menu, but usually the newer seasonal items are my favorites. Right now we have an arctic char with cholla buds, black olive and zaatar that my chef de cuisine, Mary Attea and I created together that I particularly like.
How important is location in selecting the creation of a new restaurant?
Extremely. I can’t think of any aspect of a restaurant that isn’t important.
Annisa, a restaurant owned and operated by award-winning chef Anita Lo, offers first-class cuisine and service in an intimate, sophisticated setting. Located New York City, in the heart of Greenwich Village, the restaurant features Chef Lo’s inventive contemporary American cuisine. By combining flavors inspired by her Asian roots, her travels, and the seasons with her classic French technique, Lo creates a persuasive and disarming menu. Annisa, which means “women” in Arabic, also features a wine list that celebrates women in wine, primarily offering selections produced by female vintners or vineyard owners.