Anita Lo

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    March 27, 2014

    Annisa Sous Mary Attea: "I'm Sort of Just Enjoying the Ride"

    Sous chef Mary Attea works at Annisa (13 Barrow Street, 212-741-6699), Anita Lo's sexy Barrow Street culinary haven, where she's contributed dishes like steak tartare and saddle of rabbit to the innovative menu. Here, she opens up about admiring Anita Lo's modesty, her favorite drunk snack, and how ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving! 50 Things We're Thankful For

    Happy Thanksgiving...and Thanksgivukkah. Sometime today, amid the cooking, feasting, and napping, you'll likely reflect, if only for a moment, on the things that you're thankful for. Here at Fork, we're thankful every day for New York City restaurants, without which we'd have very little to cover. B ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Annisa Chef Anita Lo Considers Her Legacy: "What's the Story of Me As a Chef?"

    Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Annisa Hosts Forager and Cookbook Author Hank Shaw (PHOTOS)

    Last night at Annisa (13 Barrow Street, 212-741-6699), Anita Lo's beloved West Village hideaway for grown-ups, cookbook author Hank Shaw hosted a special dinner to celebrate the release of his new book, Duck, Duck, Goose, a lighthearted treatise on care and cooking of modern fowl from field or farm. ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    What To Do This Week: Anita Lo/Hank Shaw Dinner, Party in a Chocolate Factory, Chicken and Champagne, Aki Matsuri

    While the city decides on Tuesday who'll be the Big Apple's boss post-Bloomberg, there are equally important choices at hand. Namely, where to cozy up for an evening now that the cold weather has hit. Here's a look at a few places that are leaving the light on for you with a variety of warm events.

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    May 22, 2013

    Num Pang Chef Ben Daitz on Easy Drinking and What Pairs Well With Venison

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Annisa Chef Anita Lo Talks Amarone, Chardonnay and Her Perfect Food Wine

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    What New York's Chefs Eat and Drink to Fight the Flu

    We've been offered a lot of fairly obvious flu-fighting tips lately, like avoiding close contact with sick people and washing our hands. But what to eat and drink? Chefs fight off the flu with some interesting homemade concoctions, featuring guest appearances from ingredients like cachaça, raw eg ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Marcus Samuelsson at GOP Convention, Bourdain Says He Can Die Happy

    Mario Batali doesn't like it when people yell in his kitchen: "One of the big rules for our kitchens is that if you're not close enough to be able to touch me, you can't talk to me." [New York Times] Obama supporter Marcus Samuelsson is hanging with Arianna Huffington at the Republican National Co ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Fordham University: The Most Disgusting Food in the Country?

    College-cafeteria food can be gruesome. Anita Lo, for example, started cooking because she couldn't stand the food over at Columbia. But apparently Columbia isn't the worst when it comes to campus food -- Fordham University is. The Princeton Review ranked the Bronx-based school in the category of ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Launching Food Truck, Anita Lo Hates Cafeteria Food

    Columbia University's magazine interviews Anita Lo and reveals that she started cooking because her college cafeteria was really gross. "'At the time, Columbia's was known as one of the four worst university cafeterias in the country,' says Lo. 'I wasn't giving in.' She moved off campus after her fr ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Kitchit's 'Bespoke' Dining Launches in New York Today

    Kitchit, a service that connects food lovers to local chefs, launches in New York today. Like in San Francisco and L.A., Kitchit's members can work directly with restaurant chefs to create intimate events at their homes. Check out an example of a Kitchit menu (pictured above) after the jump; this on ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Under the Toque: Bagel and Lox Creations, Art Installations

    Mario Batali and artist Jim Dine teamed up to make a super fancy, limited-edition cookbook up for auction on eBay with a minimum bid of $1,200 a copy. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Lunchbox Fund. [Eater] For the annual conference of the International Academy of Culinary Professionals, chefs ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Three Cookbooks to Read Now

    Fall doesn't just kick off the start of school or represent the beginning of many cold months to come. It also signals the start of publishing's cookbook season. Needless to say, our desks have been sagging under the weight of such recipe tomes. So over the next two months or so, we'll occasional ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    More Tainted Produce; Sandwiches from Around the Country Come to NYC

    Killer cantaloupes are still a concern, and now you also have lettuce to worry about. A California lettuce grower has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine over more Listeria monocytogenes fears. [CNN] Alton Brown says that Good Eats 3 will be his last traditional cookbook. His next ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Restaurants to Hike Prices Like Airlines; 10 Best Uptown Restos

    ​The latest survey shows that concerns about weight and weight loss are at an all time low. Not that people aren't fat; they just don't care about it. [WedMD] Some New York City prep schools have professional chefs, call students "clients," feed them locally sourced, grass-fed beef, and host ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    It's Good to Be Anita Lo

    Photo courtesy of AnnisaShe's smiling for a reason.​People may continue to argue about how hard it is to be a female chef, but one thing it seems that everyone can agree on is that Anita Lo is in a badass class of her own.

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    May 5, 2011

    Rickshaw Dumpling to Park It Permanently in Midtown

    ​Given that the Rickshaw Dumpling truck is a more or less constant presence in the lives of Midtown office workers, its original storefront on West 23rd Street can seem like a bit of an afterthought. But bricks and mortar are still very much a part of the company's MO, as their plans for expan ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Devon Gilroy Launches Private Dining Company; Jimmy Bradley Battles Cancer

    ​Devon Gilroy, who left East Side Social Club months before it closed and is now cooking at Park Avenue Tavern is launching a private dining company called Parkerhouse. The project could evolve into catering business even a restaurant. [Paper] Food Network is premiering Chopped All-Stars in M ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    The Luckyrice Festival Returns; Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

    tucker_zoe/Flickr​Just in time for Chinese New Year (which begins tomorrow), the Luckyrice Festival has announced it will return for a second year, from May 2-8.

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    January 28, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    It's late Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was ... Veritas's Rubén Sanz Ramiro talked about wines with energy and the restaurant's craziest bottle. Cops also have a thing for Magnolia Bakery. Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown.

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    January 27, 2011

    Annisa's Anita Lo Reveals Her Fave Five Cookbooks and What She Wears to Ward Off Evil Spirits: Interview Part 2

    Read the Joy of Cooking, and you can cook (almost) like Anita Lo.​ Yesterday we spoke with Annisa chef Anita Lo about Chinese New Year and all the foods one should eat to ensure prosperity. Today she tells us about the books every foodie needs to read and what it was like getting feng shui'd.

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    January 26, 2011

    Anita Lo Discusses Chinese New Year, a Holiday She Never Celebrated Growing Up

    Anita Lo knows to eat long noodles for a long life.​ American New Year has come and gone, but Chinese New Year, which follows the lunar calendar, is just around the corner, beginning on February 3. Drooling over the special menu to be served at Annisa, we decided to call up chef Anita Lo to l ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Chefs Don't All Have Big Kitchens; Foodspotting Raises $3M

    ​Think you could be a better cook if only you had a kitchen like a five-star chef? Maybe not. Mehangir Mehta of the newly opened Mehtaphor, Anita Lo of Annisa, and husband-and-wife team Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco Moreira of Tocqueville and 15 East are among chefs with tiny apartment kitchens. ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    How New York City Chefs Prep for Thanksgiving

    free-extras.comIt's Turkey Time!​ By now, the turkey should be brining, the cranberry sauce underway, and the medicine cupboard stocked with an ample supply of Valium should the family get-together take a turn. And how are New York City restaurant chefs prepping for the big day? We checked i ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    The Barneys Food (Network)-Themed Holiday Windows: Some Pictures

    ​Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    David Bouley Gets $1.4M for Two Bedrooms; Daniel Boulud a Free Man

    ​David Bouley has sold his apartment on East 10th Street for $1.4 million, a million less than what it was first listed for back in 2007. [NY Times] Daniel Boulud is about to be single again: His wife, Michelle, filed for divorce. Whether the split could affect his assets, including Bar Boul ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Annisa Loses Jennifer Scism, Co-Owner, Wine Director, and General Manager

    Robert SietsemaAnnisa​Weeks after scoring two stars from the Times (and the love of just about every other restaurant critic in town), Annisa is losing its co-owner, wine director, host, and longtime general manager Jennifer Scism.

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    July 6, 2010

    Anita Lo Parts Ways With Rickshaw Dumpling

    Anita Lo dumps the dumplings.​Five years after she co-founded Rickshaw Dumpling, Anita Lo has decided not to renew her contract with the company.

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    June 23, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at The Commodore; Sarah DiGregorio at Takashi

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a stiff drink and the usual "retro-Southern-locavoric-hash-house fare" at The Commodore in Williamsburg. Sarah DiGregorio chews on some raw tripe and grills beef heart at Takashi. Sam Sifton approves of the newly reopened Annisa, where Anita Lo, "is not b ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Anita Lo Gets a Feng-Shui Boost at Annisa; Starbucks Launches Low-Cost Coffee Brand

    ​Steve Cuozzo takes aim at bad hotel restaurants, listing The Fives at Peninsula, Arabelle at Plaza-Athenee, and Commodore Grill at Grand Hyatt among the worst offenders. [NY Post] Despite being something of a "non-believer," Anita Lo hired a feng-shui consultant to help her redesign the inte ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    An Asian Food Fest Starts This Week, A Latino One is Coming in June

    dslrninja/flickrA food fest for every breed.​The first LUCKYRICE Festival kicks off this Thursday, celebrating the tastiest foods from Asia (and Asian Americans). Opening night will feature an Asian-inspired cocktail party at The Bowery Hotel hosted by Top Chef Masters' Kelly Choi, with a drin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Anita Lo's Annisa in the West Village

    ​The makeshift sign has come down, and now there's nothing to identify the week-old, revamped Annisa. Last July a fire in the kitchen at Annisa closed down the Sheraton Square favorite. Re-opening was predicted for November, then reset for February. Finally, late last week a makeshift sign we ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It is Friday afternoon. And thus time for a look back at the best posts of the past week: Tabla's Floyd Cardoz talked about misconceptions about Indian food, the state of Indian restaurants in America, and culture shock in the kitchen. We ranked Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants. Anita Lo's Annis ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    What Anita Lo Likes to Do with her Holiday Leftovers

    Anita Lo likes her leftover turkey wrapped in mu shu.​Anita Lo of Annisa and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar is more than just a one Asian-fusion-y trick pony. She also knows her way around a good old-fashioned holiday bird. Last month, she was enlisted by Martha Stewart to man the homemaking maven's Th ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    More Delays at Annisa Pushes Reopening to 2010

    ​The last word on the reopening of Anita Lo's Annisa, which closed after a fire earlier this year, was November. Unfortunately, a dysfunctional sprinkler system has delayed those plans, according to Lo, who is now hoping to reopen early next year. "More headache and delays," the chef said yes ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Under the Toque: Glimpsing Grand Tasting Menus; Anita Lo Writing a Cookbook

    ​ The three-month-old Mott has announced that Brian Bieler is out at the restaurant, which still has no liquor license. Brian Murphy, who worked under Bieler, will take over for the new fall menu. [Eater] Fabio Trabocchi, formerly of Fiamma, has taken over as the new head chef at The Four Sea ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Under the Toque: Bradford McDonald Heads Upstate; Jason Neroni (Maybe) Heading to L.A.

    ​Bradford McDonald, formerly of Per Se and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, has taken over as the executive chef at Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua, N.Y. McDonald's new menu features such dishes as Malpeque Oysters with Sorrel Foam and Nori Powder, and Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly w ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Dole Goes Public Again; Vendy Finalists Announced

    ​Dole Food has filed the paperwork to go public, the second time it has done so after going private in 2003. The company, currently owned by LA billionaire David Murdock, hopes to raise $500 million. [NY Times] Since Whole Foods CEO John Mackey publicly criticized President Obama's health car ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Under the Toque: Michael Schaefer Leaves Mermaid Inn; John Schaefer Sues Irving Mill

    ​Douglas Rodriguez, who was beat out by Anita Lo on Top Chef Masters, is no longer affiliated with the Flatiron project, Nuela, which has been in the works for some time. Rodriguez said he left due to "creative differences," and is rumored to be in talks with Drew Nieporent. [Eater] Matthew ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, which means it's time to give a little love to the best posts of the week:Sietsema rounded up the 10 Best Food-Themed Shows of all time.LUPEC stands for Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails.Anita Lo has returned from her Mongolian boar hunt, and has no pl ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Back From the Hunt: Anita Lo In No Hurry to Kill & Dismember Her Next Meal

    Anita Lo in Mongolia​Two weeks ago, six women -- five chefs and one "avid foodie" -- took to the wilds of Northern China for a hunting and fishing expedition. Traci des Jardins of Jardiniere and Loretta Keller of Coco500, both in San Francisco, as well as Mary Sue Millikin of Ciudad in L.A. jo ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Under the Toque: A Spanish Chef in the House at Mercat; Lady Chefs Gone Wild

    Ryan Skeen--formerly of Resto, the General Greene, and Irving Mill--has officially been named the new executive chef at Allen & Delancey on the LES. Both chef Kyle Bailey and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac have left the restaurant. A new pastry chef has yet to be named. [NY Times] Spanish chef Paco G ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Let Anita Lo Take You Away--The Annisa Chef Teams Up With Tour de Forks to Bring You South Africa

    Anita Lo will have hands full competing on Top Chef Masters this year, but the Annisa chef has other plans for next year--plans that involve traipsing through Africa with a bunch of food-loving strangers. If you've ever wanted to travel with the Asian-fusion whiz, now's your chance. Tour de Forks, ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Under the Toque--Chefs and Food Sellers Band Together to Create Supply Chain

    Bravo announced the chef'testants slated to compete in the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Masters, which include New Yorkers Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Nils Noren, Christopher Lee and Jonathan Waxman. [Eater] Christian Delouvrier of La Goulue in Bal Harbour, Miami and previously of Alain Ducass ... More >>

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    May 21, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema and the Franken-cue

    Our Man Sietsema has been following Anita Lo through the good—Mirezi and Annisa—and the bad—Rickshaw Dumpling Bar (serving dumplings that Our Man finds truly sub-par). Now she's opened an Asian barbecue place, Bar Q, and Our Man sets out to review it with a mixture of excitement and trepidatio ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    Favorite West Village Chef Diddles With 'Cue and Cocktails at Bar Q

    Trying out Anita Lo's new venture, aimed at the cocktail crowd, with a menu of potables far longer than the food menu

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