About ViceVersa

If there are any two young people who have had the experience it takes to open their own restaurant, these two are it - - and their coming together reads like a story. Franco Lazzari and Stefano Terzi originally met each in the early 90’s while working in New York. At ViceVersa, Franco and Stefano, unveiled their vision for a contemporary Italian restaurant, combining the traditions of their own cultural background with the youth and energy of their years, and the sophistication and experience of their time in major New York City restaurants.

325 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 11:30AM - 3:00PM / 5:00PM - 10:00PM.

Cross Street:
Between 8th and 9th Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 399-9291

Website:
http://www.viceversanyc.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

Public Transit:
C & E trains to 50th Street.

Executive Chef:
Stefano Terzi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

ViceVersa Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (38)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Cozy (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Romantic (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent experience, elegant ambiance the food is great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I love that this restaurant has a very inventive and generous menu, especially for Restaurant Week which can sometimes be disappointing at other restaurants. I had the Colechino (braised lentils with Italian sausage) to start---very tasty. The chef/owner's signature dish, Casoncelli, was a little disappointing as the main course. Veal, raisin and amaretto cookies wrapped in dough pockets with fried pancetta, sage, and butter was rich. Rich is not a negative for me, but the pancetta was fried to a hard crisp and the whole thing was sitting in too much oil. To be fair, my friend didn't think hers was overdone. I had Italian cheesecake for dessert which was light and enhanced by the strawberry coulis. I will give this place another try because I think they have original dishes and the staff was lovely.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

food was good but not exceptional. menu lacks variety imho-not talking about number of dishes but about varieties of ingredients and featured items. friendly service but felt bit rushed by wait staffs.

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 (London)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I have been going here since it opened about 19 years ago, still excell in everything.
Food is top notch, especially the pasta, and seafood....Pastery chef also surprises.
Franco is super, and always greets me with a smile and hug....
What a home....
Do no miss this place, near the theaters if that is your occasion. But just good anytime.
Michael Johnson

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I was disappointed this time. The waiter was annoying - constantly interrupting us to "up-sell". That certainly wasn't the experience last time. Then the food (main course pasta) was buried in way-too-much sauce. I hope the next visit will be better.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

We went there during the NYC restaurant week and ordered from the dinner menu. I cannot put in words how disappointed we were. In my review I will focus on the food, but clearly a nicer overall service should be the standard for a restaurant like this (no questions about how the food was or if we needed salt/olive oil/vinegar).
The soup had absolutely no seasoning and tasted like straight out of a can...pasta in soup was nowhere near aldente. Then I had the salmon as main course and it got worse. It was a freshly defrosted salmon, as watery as it tasted. Again no seasoning and the whole thing just consisted of a lot of water. Mashed potatoes were also not made with milk, water again and no clue if the kitchen had run out of salt that day. The spinach with garlic would have been good, if the garlic would not have been burnt. Dessert was OK but no italian speciality, more like a smooth applepie with chunks and raisins.

The offered amount of wines is pretty decent and my Barbarescu was good like expected.

In conclusion, it was a very disappointing evening at a restaurant which scores so many good ratings on a lot of webpages. I even would not describe myself as picky, or I don‘t know if it was just the because of the restaurant week menu and dinner, but it was not worth the price nor the excitement. I still would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to eat authentically italian. Go to LittleItaly and you will find bettet ambiente/service and foremost better food for clearly better value.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our first visit. Lovely decor, very comfortable and roomy seating, great service and outstanding food. To quote Arnold, "I'll be back".

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We loved this place! A great selection of modern Italian dishes and good service. We'll definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Did not get the explanation asked for on pricing. desert did not meet expectation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We chose Vice Versa when it popped up as a "Restaurant Week" special, pre matinee luncheon. We were not disappointed.

The service was impeccable, as were our appetizer, entree and dessert choices for $29 pp. Everything that was brought to the table was a full portion and beautifully prepared. Our waitstaff was professional, knowledgeable and pleased to offer assistance. We also chose the 1/2 carafe wines specials, one red and one white, and each of us was pleased with two full goblets, more than we expected. With wine, tax and gratuity, our luncheon tab did escalate closer to $60 pp. a bit high for lunch, but the quality, quantity and service were impeccable and we were so full, neither of us ate dinner! Would definitely recommend!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great dinner. The food had great flavor. Full bar with excellent service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant is amazing, excellent food and service!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent. The staff and owners are personable, attentive individuals. This is one of our favorite places to go.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A wonderful place to enjoy friends. The food is delicious and the warm welcome is very special.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Vice Versa is a find. Somehow places that offer food prepared with skill, quality ingredients and care can fly below the NYC hype and fail to get the recognition they deserve. This is a very nice choice for a meal where you want to have a leisurely conversation (and hear each other with ease), and savor your meal. The duck pasta was especially good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We chose this restaurant based on great reviews on yelp and we thought it didn’t quite live up to the high praise. Not bad but not great. The pasta dishes were good but salad was meh and service was mixed. Waiter was very sweet but helping staff had to be asked multiple times for fresh ground pepper and fresh grated cheese (and olive oil, which was not brought to the table with bread). Decorating out on the patio (view from our table) had obnoxious flashing Christmas decorations and music was loud jazz version of Beatles tunes and “lets get physical”. Ugh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in the theater district. The food and the service are consistently very good and you never feel rushed if you are attending a show following dinner.
We have eaten here many times and will continue to recommend this special restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It can be challenging to find a good restaurant in the theater district. We had a very good dining experience at ViceVersa. Food was very good. We had an assortment of salads, pasta, fish. Thought the wines served by the glass were excellent where generally I find them disappointing. Also, notable were the desserts!!! Yum. We also liked the service, ambiance and convenient location.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

From the moment we were greeted upon arrival until the time lest the restaurant the experience was simply fabulous. Food was superb and the service was outstanding. We highly recommend Il

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Comfortable with good service and attractive ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Vice Versa is one of my favorite places to dine. I frequent it before and after the theater - and have never been disappointed with the food, service, and great hospitality. I am always treated like a special guest - and waiters are very courteous, prompt with the service, great with suggestions of the 'best foods," and eager to please! I highly recommend it for a great dining place in NYC!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lovely and delicious as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

My absolutely favorite restaurant! Great and friendly service, delicious food, and beautiful decor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a nice dinner with terrific cocktails and a marvelous waiter who was very attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and service, pre-broadway show. We were pleasantly surprised!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We eat here at least three times whenever we visit NY, and it never disappoints. The pasta courses are exceptional even by NY measures, especially the duck ragout and the paperdelle with wild boar. ViceVersa stands out because even though the setting is elegant, the service is attentive and personable, and meals are always very comfortable, never intimidating. The server will advise you on the wine that best matches your food choices and your taste, and will not attempt to move you up to higher priced options.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great atmosphere, food and service. An overall awesome dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent service food and space, beautifully decorated for Christmas

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fabulous service. Accomodating all dining preferences. Noisy, as are most popular restaurants - ask to sit. Franco is wonderful!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This place was visited based on a recommendation from a friend. The staff was very welcoming. The food was different and delicious. The group I took there was very impressed. I fully recommend the place. In addition, the holiday decorations made it even more special.The price fix meals are a great value!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This is a very good, moderately priced, did I say moderately priced, YES, NYC Italian restaurant. Not too small but not large. Great lighting. Excellent feel. Very close to Broadway theaters. Friendly staff. Very good food and wines. Loved it. A great NYC option.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great restaurant. I have been there several times and it is consistently good. The salad was great and the lasagna delicious. Will go back for sure.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

First time here - food was very good and staff was very attentive. A nice twist on traditional Italian recipes -- familiar and very tasty but not the same typical menu items you often find in other places. Nice ambiance and was packed on a Wednesday evening. I'd return again and recommend to others.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Every single bite was divine! Such a great pre/post theater choice. Close enough yet away from the fray. Delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our third dinner at Vice Versa and it has been great every time. The food delicious, the service is attentive and their cocktails top off a great meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding non the less. Amazing service and the food is delicious. I would recommend this Hells Kitchen gem to everyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Business Meals, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always a great meal!
We came here pre-theater last time we were in NY and we again had a great meal this time! The food is superb; gracious wait-staff... a great find for pre or post theater or for any fine dining !
Love this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Do not get to NY often but have always planned on dinner here. Long time current ownership. Consistently good. Octopus appetizer excellent. Two half portions of pasta and split a veal main. All excellent. Cocktails perfectly made (Rusty Nail). Christmas decorations beautiful. We have told our friends over the years and they have enjoyed as much as we do! Surprise pistachio flan desert in honor of our anniversary was superb. Thanks much !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This restaurant has all the earmarks of a well tended privately owned restaurant. Attention to detail, well trained staff and outstanding food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A true neighborhood gem. Lovely spot, great food, and staff that truly is happy to have you there. Home made pasta and fresh seafood served beautifully. Location also good for pre-theatre. An instant favorite.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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