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For 2
Wed, 2/21
9:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at ViceVersa.
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2077 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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.

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Phone number
(212) 399-9291
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stefano Terzi
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Please inquire for details.
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Cross street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues
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Public transit
C & E trains to 50th Street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2077 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohnny (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always pleasant. Great food attractively prepared.

Elizabeth (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent experience, elegant ambiance the food is great

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

jameso (Chicago)
3.0  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.

MichaelJ (London)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 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

vipJimM (New York Area)
3.0  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.

AlexanderK (Berlin)
2.0  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.

vipadeep (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

riderc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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

vipLisaV (New York Area)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipKChav (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant is amazing, excellent food and service!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

vipCressida (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

EnoughB (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

IsabelM (New York Area)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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