The first time I tried to go to Annabel was when I was looking for somewhere relatively close to the Lincoln Center movie theater to grab dinner before going to see Interstellar in IMAX 3D (my first IMAX experience in the city!). But alas, it was not meant to be…and I’m not really sure why. I went to the restaurant at a time when it was supposed to be open and there were some people inside, but the door was locked. I hung around a little bit, and I saw that they opened the door for what looked like an electrician. Confusion. The people inside could’ve been the staff having a team meeting or just hanging out? I really don’t know what was up, but obviously I didn’t try that hard to figure out. And no guys, it wasn’t just because I thought the door was locked because it was really a push not a pull door or something like that. Cut me some slack! So, instead, I ended up going to BarBacon. But later on, another very similar situation occurred that brought me back to try one more time.
By that, I mean that I was going to see another movie in IMAX 3D at Lincoln Center, a prescreening of The Hobbit this time, so I went to Annabel again. And this time the door opened! We were in a bit of a hurry to make sure we got to the movie in time, but we had very attentive service from the waiter so it was all good. We saw the table behind us order this crazy looking thing, so we had to ask what it was…and get it for ourselves. Turns out it was the puffy bread appetizer which came with black olive tapenade and spicy calabrian chili oil. And it’s just what it sounds like! A puffy piece of bread, similar to a pita that you can basically stab away at and pull apart to dip in the sauces.
For our main course, my three friends and I decided to split the gruyere, applewood bacon, eggs, brussels, chili flakes pizza and the gorganzola, taleggio, mozzarella, parmigiano pizza. The first was my request as it was about time I tried some brussels on pizza. With the latter, the four cheese pizza, we were warned that it had one type of cheese per slice. Our waiter informed us that he just wanted to give us that disclaimer because he had past customers who were a little bit upset when they wanted to split it and found it out too late. Hey, I get that. If you get the four cheese pizza, you want the four cheeses! We still went for it.
The pizzas weren’t thick but they were more doughy than crispy. We were completely astonished by our check at the end of the night. When you split two pizzas and an appetizer between four people, it turns out to be a very affordable dinner. But if you’re hungrier than that just know that the pizzas are each around $14 to $18.
Besides the pizzas, you can get pasta like duck tortellini with cremini mushrooms, green peas, dried cranberries, and grana padono sauce; entrees like braised pork shank with polenta, haricots verts, sweet port, and hazelnut gremolata as well as meat and cheese platters.
If you ask me, a little bit of pizza is the perfect pre-movie dinner. But you all should know that by now. 😉
Puffy bread; gruyere, applewood bacon, eggs, brussels, chili flakes pizza; gorganzola, taleggio, mozzarella, parmigiano pizza
809 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019