Vai Restaurant and Spuntino Bar

4.5
162 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Vai, meaning “Go” in Italian, is a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant with Italian influence which has established itself as a neighborhood staple for the past 8 years.

Owner and Executive Chef Vincent Chirico delights his guests with a carefully curated menu featuring delicate & refined dishes, created with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 1, 2018

Ends: November 2, 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 162 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DU
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, as always, was delicious. Our waiter, Loris, was engaging and knowledgeable. I hesitate to dine there because the noise level can be deafening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great night

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SS
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service and excellent food. Very much enjoyed our dinner.

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and the service was truly exceptional. Looking forward to going back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very short menu with mostly fish options. Only two pastas. That said every dish was delicious and nicely presented. More than adequate size portions.

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KW
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great place by the same owner of Course, a must to go to when in NY

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C
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vai continues to impress with it's immaculate service and exquisite cuisine. This restaurant is further proof that you don't need a book for a menu to provide a consistently high quality culinary experience in a charming atmosphere. Looking forward to returning again in the near future.

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c
203 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loris always takes great care of me. Hamachi is divine as is the pasta. Good cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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EW
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A holiday tradition.

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OT
165 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vai is a great neighborhood restaurant. Wonderful place for drinks and sharing food.

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JA
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow that was one delicious dinner! 4 diners, 2 had veal chops and 2 had scallops - each amazing! Shared the Brussels sprouts and octopus appetizers, wow! Not cheap but totally worth it. Would've had dessert but all they had was a pear tart and we weren't feelin' it. Will definitely be back 🙂

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LM
34 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Vai’s website is very deceptive, giving the impression that it’s a spacious venue with an extensive menu. Not so at all. The restaurant is tiny and the menu does not even include a red sauce. When asked about this, our server simply said “yes, we know. We select a few items from the website menu and change them from time to time.” We had a party of 8, including two kids who were hard pressed to find an appealing dish. No spaghetti or meatballs here! Seating was an uncomfortable long skinny table quite near the door, the only table that could accommodate us. We’ll never go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burrata ravioli are to die for. The food is just amazing, the stuff is very friendly and the overall experience is just superb. A little jem in the UWS

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it
Loved our host
Thank you

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TR
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service as always at Spuntino! Vince has created a great vibe with a wonderful staff and always outstanding cuisine!

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w
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food, service, freshness all excellent - great staff, good bartender

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AA
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it
Food was great
Just bring the pork chop back on the menu

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I had in a long time in Manhattan.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Especially the octopus and scallops

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and the food was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully! Best meal in NYC during our trip!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. From the octopus app to the pear tart dessert. We had reservations but had to wait while our table was set up. But was given a complimentary glass of wine.

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T
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. The food was tasty enough, but nothing special. My daughter ordered a scallop appetizer for $29. It came with three scallops. I ordered chicken under a brick which tasted as though it wasn’t fully cooked. My Sangria was sour (though I did ask for less sugar—I wished they recommended something else). The waitstaff was just not that nice, Other than a woman who was serving the meals. Opentable notes that this is under $30. It is not. It was expensive and not worth it.

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DV
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Vai. Went with my adult daughter. Read reviews and thought would try it. Was very presently surprised. Place was pretty packed which was a good sign. It was clear from the start there was a reason for this. Excellent experience in every way. Service and food were top notch. We started off with sharing the brussel sprout salad which was amazing. Then I had the artic char and my daughter had the seared scallops. Both were outstanding. Wine selection also had a lot of unusual options and we sampled a couple. Would highly recommend Vai!

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EW
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a neighborhood favorite that I have introduced to others and they live it as well.

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FN
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7 and everything from soup to nuts was great! Will be back!

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c
203 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. We always feel welcome. Food is creative and fresh and cocktails are interesting.

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M
67 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a few tries - VAI is our absolute favorite restaurant on the UWS - if not New York. The service matches the unbeleivable offering of food and drink. The staff makes you feel welcome and Loris is the ultimate gracious host. We cannot wait to return.

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A
36 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm personal service and FABULOUS food. Divine scallops and delicious branzini. Excellent martinis. Thumbs up all the way.

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LC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If you’re having a full dinner, ask to be seated at the large, communal tables. The smaller tables are better for drinks or appetizers or salads.

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M
67 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been wanting to try this restaurant and finally decided to go... just the two of us - mid week. It blew us away. The arrival was genuine and friendly. The space was simple yet elegant and the food was artful, meticuliosly created and presented with such enthusiasm. Each course we enjoyed was incredible... so much so, we changed our Saturday night reservations with friends coming to NYC to Vai Restaurant and we know they will be as impressed as we were.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best food on the Upper West Side. I love this place. Great for a dinner for two or a bigger group at the bar table.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous meal! From the waiter to the bus woman.. all were nice and helpful. They brought us tasty toasted bred with the yummiest ricotta for the table. I had the branding which we asked to be filleted and it was no problem. It was the best branding I think I have ever had. The brown butter sauce was simply perfect. I would definitely go back again and soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Zeer leuk restaurant met lekker eten. Alleen was het er zeer donker zodat we niet zagen wat er op ons bord lag. Het was ook zeer luidruchtig.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loris is the best!

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LR
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was very good...menu limited, but good. Expensive. Very noisy. Did I mention the noise?

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!!!

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g
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I was underwhelmed by everything we ordered.
The "spicy" margarita wasn't spicy at all and was tiny.
The ricotta that they serve to the table had absolutely 0 flavor.
The brussel sprouts were mushy and uninteresting, as was the octopus.
The burrata and hamachi were fine, nothing special.
Our waiter brought out the octopus with a few other dishes and then came back and took it away, saying there wasn't enough space on the table for it. When we re-received the octopus about 15 minutes later, it was a much smaller portion than was originally put on our table. Incredibly strange.
Overall pretty slow service but we weren't in a huge hurry so not overly bothered.
There are a lot of other restaurants in the area more worth your time., ESPECIALLY for the price. This place isn't cheap. I'm definitely bummed I spent $60 here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has an amazing time here, food and service both amazing.

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F
225 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A real gem in the UWS!

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