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About Vai Restaurant and Spuntino Bar

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.

429 Amsterdam
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Between 80 and 81 street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 362-4500

Website:
http://www.vairestaurant.com/

Catering:
We are accepting reservations for holiday parties. Please inquire with restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Vincent Chirico

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us at Vai Restaurant & Spuntino Bar for Christmas Eve. We will be offering our À la carte menu all day from 12pm to 8pm. Make your reservation today!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Join us at Vai Restaurant & Spuntino Bar for Christmas Day. We will be offering our À la carte menu all day from 12pm to 8pm. Make your reservation today!

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Vai Restaurant and Spuntino Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Cozy (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tapas (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Authentic (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing place. Excellent food and service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, great service and nice ambience very cozy and comfortable

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Vincent is a gem of a chef. I highly recommend this restaurant as one of the best on the upper west side. Every bite is an exquisite experience. If you love exceptional food, then you must try it.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Organic, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

great experience from host to service and topped off with excellent food

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always good. Service is excellent, food is terrific. Great spot on the UWS.

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food4
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sputubi by Vai is even better than before. The restaurant had a warm and cozy feel. The new small plates menu for sharing adds another excellent reason to visit our favorite UWS restaurant. Scallops were perfectly prepared and the pork tenderloin was so delicious we ordered a second! Desserts were a perfect size to end the meal and were both excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A meal or drink at this restaurant will be memorable-the wine is poured into your glass from the bottle at the table-people serving are very amiable-atmosphere relaxed but classy and the homemade pasta is an indulgence. Delicious wine beer and food but for the very hungry, the meals may be a bit small.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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value4

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fine quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Creative but somewhat limited and pricey menu. Creative mixed drinks available to accompany meals. Be prepared to share dishes designed more for tasting (smaller portions) rather than offerings of individual full-size dishes. Dishes served as prepared and when ready — not all at once. Seating capacity limited. Dark bar interior space that tends to be loud with full capacity crowd and background music. Wait staff is knowledgeable, very patient and accommodating. Service tended to be on slow side with capacity crowd. Would return for the food combinations and quality. My tender rabbit cooked in sherry sauce with Maitake mushrooms and chestnuts was perfect for a fall evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

GREAT TIME HERE
GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD
NICE ROOM

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is a "small plates" venue, but the plates are not priced that way. The food, however, is delicious. Great for sharing.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Absolutely amazing meal! We loved everything we got but standouts include the Heirloom Carrots, Crudo dishes, and Burrata.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Went for the first time and just loved it. Warm service, fabulous food. Recently redecorated and it's the perfect mix of chic and comfortable. A total find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic !!!
Great place
Food /Staff
Great bread

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fantastic "New" Restaurant
Awesome food and service
Beautiful interior
Great Value

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

New incarnation includes new seating arrangements and lots of room to have an extended drink or drink and snacks. New menu is a little strained (recherché) and could use some more depth in the food area (unless they are really mostly hoping to attract drinking customers who want a cocktail, wine and then dessert or after dinner alcohols).

My pork tenderloin was exquisitely presented, with lots of attention and multiple time-consuming to prepare parts. Meat was not super tender though and the dish overall lacked flavor and moisture. The scallop dish is not as elegant as the pork, just three large-ish scallops and a heavy textured sauce. No vegetables or anything else on the plate. Chocolate dessert was AMAZING. But there are only two desserts on the menu!

They are trying really hard to please and threading the needle between a very upscale menu and a more casual physical plant and neighborhood pricing. It might be a tough sell.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Please please improve your signage so that VAI is discernible

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved experience. Even though they seated us late, the owner came and hung out with us, got us drinks, made us feel at home. Food was awesome!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was excellent. Had scallops, octopus, cauliflower, and tried all three pastas. Everything was delicious. Only criticism is server wearing white chefs uniform who I think is chef/owner needs to learn how to serve food. Brought two dishes to our table and threw them down on the table and was downright rude.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best chef in NYC(".") New menu from previous incarnation of VAI but still the best restaurant in the City. Very rich food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good reboot by Vai, with a tasty hamachi first course and an equally tasty pork tenderloin main course. Nice for the neighborhood. Punishingly loud interior.

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vip
 (Dublin)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is even better than the old Vai which I liked very much...food is great,however, suggest they expand the wine list

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Honestly I was a little worried that Vai would lose its charm, character and most of all great food. NONE of these fears was realized - in fact all of the above is even better (if that is possible) now! Vince creates amazing dishes (we shared the bronzino which is one of the best in town if not THE best!) and the staff is great - very knowledgeable and friendly and attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Like the food but the decor and kitchen ventillation could be improved

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Octopus, crudo, sea bass, pasta -- all were delicious. Excellent service, excellent wine selections, delicious Manhattans. Would certainly eat there again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was our first time at the restaurant. Although the menu was limited the food was tasty and well prepared. The service was outstanding. Will go there again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This place is a hidden local gem. I highly recommend it. The food is incredible and expertly prepared.

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