We went for our valentines/ anniversary, had the chefs 5 course dinner and it was outstanding.
Little known gem on the upper west side. Service is always excellent as staff work under the watchful eye of owner, Vince. Spuntino menu with wine pairing is especially unique and delectable.
I think the food in this restaurant is excellent. And i enjoy the dining experience. I do go there when i am on the west side. I prefer to go early on a week day. When it is crowded - like on weekends - it is WAY TOO NOISY.
We have been devote customers of Vai since the days it was a delightful restaurant on 77th St. For various reasons we have not been able to pay a visit since the renovation on Amsterdam. And what a return! On top of the subtle, yet effective improvement to the decor, Vincent has somehow enhanced his simple yet delicately attentive menu with some wonderful additions (mushroom appetizer and Brussels sprouts are two dishes that somehow stroke wonderfully new and delicious approaches to popular, if not overused, base ingredients). And the whole branzino remains an outstanding performer. In a nutshell, the food is tremendous, the atmosphere warm and inviting and the service and subtle touches by Vincent and the staff complete the experience.
Can’t wait to go back.
The cocktails were fantastic, the wine selection was lovely.....the food was superb! Every dish! The Branzino was to die for. We had a group of 6....everyone loved the experience. What a gem. Live in Bed Stuy and would easily trek back for another meal. Outstanding!!
Great Service and food! We have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and Vai Is personal favorite.
Very small but inventive menu. Friendly service. We had to wait 15 minutes for our table.
I thought it was expensive for the kind of casual restaurant it is.
We’ve been going for years. Fantastic food with lots of protein. The drinks fit perfectly with the season.
Went with a large group on a Monday night - Vai serves only a chef's tasting menu on Mondays with wine pairings. I was a little nervous about leaving the food and wine choices to them, but Vincent and his team didn't disappoint. Hamachi, octopus and brussels sprouts were particularly good. Wines were a mix of good and average but overall experience was great.
Excellent neighborhood restaurant that is even worth a trip across town. Limited menu, but it was all excellent, and porotion sizes are big enough that appetizers - which are resonably priced - can easily be mains.
Very much enjoyed the food and the prices were reasonable. Will be back again
No salads on menu! No vegetarian options except 1 pasta dish. Limited menu. Tables right near door and freezing cold. Wine was served late - after appetizer.
Delicious food! Creative menu! Fun, easy going place.
The most DIVINE Italian food - really, there's no better meal to be found anywhere in Italy. The chef is extravagantly talented, and his food is served by an incredibly lovely, friendly and customer-focused team. The menu is well-priced, the room is lovely and warm. UWS diners are very fortunate indeed...
Food was outstanding. Wait staff was friendly and responsive. Makes me wish I lived in NYC.
Good food and service. Music was oddly loud.
This was our first visit since they renovated. Really liked the food, staff and ambiance in the original, love it in its new version.
Well prepared and delicious food. Love the bread and ricotta. Scallops recommended.
Thoughtful,friendly service--waitress went beyond to make suggestions, and introduce us to her favorites which were spot on. Didn't have to wait long for food. The only aspect that our family noted was the music did not match the type and quality of food nor the spirit of the time (holidays)...but it was not objectionable and everything else so wonderful that I have already recommended this place to many people. Food delicious.
We went to Vai on Monday night, totally unaware that it was "no menu Monday." We've been eating at Vai regularly for several years. This meal was THE best we've ever had there and one of the best we've had anywhere. The food was amazing. And the value was incredible. Five courses with wine pairing - $49 per person. Vincent really outdid himself.
We think this is a Great place, and need to frequent more often. We have been 5-6 times over the past few years, every time the Food, the Service and the Overall value, leaves us asking ourselves, Why don't we get here more often? Four of us went this past Friday, and shared the Scallops, Roasted Beats, Heirloom Carrots, Octopus and Short Ribs. Excellent, cooked to perfection.
The dining concept for this restaurant is perfect - medium sized plates to be shared. I was thrilled when the server explained this because there were many items on the menu that I wanted to try. The scallops were some of the best I have ever had. Everything we had was fabulous - brussel sprouts, burrata ravioli and veal tenderloin. Can't wait to be back in NYC to go again.
We made a reservation for 6 people. We were given 3 tables shoved together, all different heights. The noise was deafening. The food was barely edible. Everything was room temperature. There was no salt, and when we requested some we were brought chunks the size of peas. I requested the necessary mortar and pestle and the waitress finally brought salt. There is nothing good to be said about any of the six meals.
We had a wonderful time at Vai. We went on a Friday night before a show at the Beacon Theater and really enjoyed it all - the ambiance, friendly staff, our knowledgeable waitress, and the delicious food. Really great option for the UWS and would come back here again.
Limited menu but everything we ate was outstanding.
always a great restaurant experience here gets better and better
Delicious and interesting food in a pretty space with great service!