VITAE

4.6
1254 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Chef Edwin Bellanco's New American Restaurant located in the heart of Midtown.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Small Bites: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Private Events-7 Days a week, 8:00am-1:00am
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Phone number
(212) 682-3562
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Owner Edwin Bellanco
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Private party facilities
Vitae offers an exceptional private dining spaces for any occasion.
Overlooking the main dining room, the second story mezzanine provides a chic and trendy way to entertain.
From Cocktail receptions to fully coursed lunch and dinners, it is the perfect place to host a party.
The Mezzanine can accommodate up to 40 people for a cocktail party and up to 30 people for a private lunch or dinner.
Our Lounge is ideal for after work drinks and appetizers and can easily host 30 guests.
Our Main Dining room can seat 60 comfortably.
The entire restaurant is also available for private functions.
For more information please contact our Events Department at (212) 682-3868or events@vitaenyc.com.

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Private party contact
Our Private Events Team: (212) 682-3868
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Catering
Off Premise Catering-7 days A Week-7am-Midnight
Delivery and set up for all your catering needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue
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Parking details
Metered Street Parking
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Public transit
47-50th Rockefeller Center B,D,F,M.
42nd Grand Central Station 4,5,6,6X.
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Special events & promotions
VITAE is available for Private Functions 7am-2am, 7 Days A Week
Tailored Lunches
Corporate Dinners
Board Meetings
Going Away Parties
Rehearsal Dinners
Cocktail Receptions
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1254 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Fantastic evening. Very welcoming. Will be going back. Totally recommend Vitae

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I have 18 years in the restaurant industry and, in general, I like to give restaurants the benefit of the doubt. The food was good. Not exceptional, but good. We had the pork tacos and oysters for appetizers and they were good, just nothing to write home about. My husband had the seafood cannelloni and I had the lamb. The cannelloni was lukewarm and it was unclear if that was intentional. It seemed weird. Food is either cold or hot - but this just didn’t hit the mark or the hype. The lamb was good but sweet. It really needed some acid or heat to break up the overbearing sweetness of the black garlic purée. Most disappointingly, everything we had was grossly under seasoned. Service was exceptional. It was not busy during our visit, but the service was attentive and unhurried.
Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t like up to the review hype for us.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Good food and it's not too loud. Location is great for meeting in the middle of midtown.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Amazing food served by an amazing waitress. Everything was very fresh and filling! Good job, VITAE.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Always delicious, always a Fantastic service experience. I’ve never been disappointed here, and keep
coming back for more.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Food was exceptional — not mind blowing but decent. The environment was calm and quiet, but the decor is a little too busy. The staff also lacked basic communication skills. But overall a decent restaurant. Not the best, but not the worst.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I used to love this restaurant but it has gone downhill. At least they made the bread free agaim.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Food was very good but I felt the servers rushed us to get us out quickly and we were not in a big rush.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Seemed like there was a mass exodus of employees around 8:30p, which coincided with our seating time.

Hostess was gone, bartender left without a word after serving a cocktail, and our waiter was hit or miss. Food was only ok (two apps, two pastas) with both entrees served somewhere below room temp.

Definitely not worth the price. Wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

This was my first visit to Vitae and I really enjoyed it. My date and I were seated in a quiet spot, as I requested. We both enjoyed our meal. I'd definitely dine here again.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Dinner at Vitae was the highlight of our trip. The Lamb Sausage Cavatelli was well balanced, the fresh roasted tomatoes perfectly compliment the lamb sausage (which is made in house!) My wife got the Long Island Duck Breast which was delicious as well, the endive marmalade makes it the perfect example of a dish that is both sweet and savory. Our server was fantastic, very knowledgeable of the menu and gave great recommendations. The complimentary palate cleanser and almond cookie from the pastry chef capped off a wonderful meal. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Their service is excellent!! Absolutely I repeat to go!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Birthday co worker

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Very attractive restaurant with great food and service. Very quiet on the Saturday night we visited but the food was exceptional. Nice little extras given to diners are delicious and allow you to sample some menu items that you may not have ordered. The fried oysters are so tender they melt in your mouth, really outstanding. Lamb sausage cavatelli and the lamb loin both excellent. I really wanted to try the dulce de leche cake but they had just run out. We were provided with complimentary sorbet and gelato as a result! We really enjoyed our meal here and hope to return soon.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was excellent. The cocktails were way over priced and really under poured. My only complaint

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

It was amazing from the moment I walked in until the moment I left. Don't overlook the foyer. It has a brilliant little surprise.
The hostess was so kind and perfectly professional. The wait staff could not have been more attentive and our waiter even kindly asked if we had any food allergies. It was an amazing touch of kindness and thoughtfulness. The food was one of the best meals I've had in my 53 years of life. I've traveled the world and the meal is in my top 5 best meals ever. My friend was in from LA and she was thoroughly enchanted with the restaurant as well.
I highly recommend this restaurant...and try the Pulled Pork Tacos...you will not be disappointed. :)

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had such an incredible experience. My husband and I came for our anniversary, and no detail was left unnoticed. Was so impressed by their service and quality!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Good food, friendly, attentive service. The sweet pea risotto with crab meat was delicious. Perfect for lunch with friends.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Excellent food, and surprisingly not bustling for a Monday evening. I really enjoyed the butternut squash risotto, and the fancy chips at the beginning were a nice touch. Very pleased with the service and the attentiveness we received.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Service was great- attentive but not pushy/rushing us.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

we had a wonderful lunch here on 5/7/18. the a amuse bouche potato chip was a delightful bite. the pulled pork tacos, each only a bite or two were so good that my partner and i almost fought for the 5th one. i had the whole brook trout with potato slices that were so buttery that i saved them for last. my partner had the seafood crepe and he reluctantly gave me a single bite. it was also delightful. we finished the meal with tres leches coconut cake served swimming in a pool of coconut laced cream that was utterly amazing. it was a bit pricey for lunch... but we both agreed we would do it again in a heart beat.next time we are in manhattan we will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Noisey acoustics. Otherwise excellent. Beet salad, steak tartare and chocolate cake. All were delicious and sensible portions. A restaurant that focusses on quality over quantity at manageable prices.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Business lunch. Everyone enjoyed the service and cuisine. Found it on Zagat and it proved to be an excellent choice. Very accommodating with allergies and handled the request better than just about any other restaurant I dined. Very pleased. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Dinner was great. Went there for my mother's birthday and they went above and beyond to make it special.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food is really well prepared and full of flavor and sophistication without being intimidating. The staff is very friendly. Always a great experience!

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Was recommended by a colleague unfortunately did not meet expectations. Noise level hinder conversations. Food was mediocre there are better places given what Is being served and price points.

Will not recommend for business luncheon and will revisit if i would recommend in general.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Birthday and they did it very special.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

They did a special menu for my friend’s birthday that said happy birthday, Lisa. So kind. They did cables. They sang. But we were upstairs, and it was dingy, service much slower than usual, and super loud. Disappointing because it’s usually one of our favorites!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Staff were great; upon reserving they had asked if it was a "special event" and I said no, just our first night in NYC in about 12 years... we discovered a little Welcome to New York sign on our table, and "amuse- bouches" and little post dinner treats... Thanks for a lovely Welcome Back dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

There were four of us. After we finished the meal I asked if the chef could come out to our table. Unfortunately, I was told that he had already left for the evening. The reason I wanted him to come out was to see that all four of our plates were fit to be put directly back up on the shelf as they were so clean. All four of us absolutely loved our dinners. I had the scallops, and they were some of the best I have ever had. Great experience.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went to Vitae with a group of 5. It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night.

The service was great and the food was spectacular. The duck and the lamb were especially good. It's a lovely dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was delicious, loved the decor and staff was friendly and attentive. Delicious cocktails... only negative was the wine seemed a little pricey. Would definitely go back!

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My first visit - disappointing. Food was just ok, nothing special, especially for prices. Portions were very small, split scallop dish ($50+ full portion) & had 2 scallops ea. Wine by glass was way overpriced, $25 for mediocre Sangiovase. Will not return.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Vitae was an excellent choice for lunch on a not-too-busy day. We were seated at one of the booths in the front, so we had a nice view and it was relatively quiet. Food was very good and the service was attentive. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wow, just an amazing experience on all fronts! Creative and tasty dishes, stellar service and a great vibe. A real find in Midtown. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great experience at Vitae. They staff was prepared to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Food was excellent and exciting.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic! Great menu options prepared to perfection! Amazing service in a beautiful space! Portions were not large but I prefer it that way...quality over quantity. Prices are on the higher side but meals did not disappoint. I was there for a business meal with customers and unlike some NYC restaurants, that can be extremely loud and make it hard to have a conversation, Vitae was much less noisy and tables weren’t crammed together. Overall terrific evening and I would recommend and go again.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Rolls were awesome! Tuna crusader appetizer was excellent as well! Butternut squash risotto was super tasty. Little extras were much appreciated and a pleasant surprise.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Fantastic creative food, but rather tightly packed tables

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Totally exceeded our expectations! Every moment and course had something special for my birthday and the food was divine!

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