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Chef Edwin Bellanco's New American Restaurant located in the heart of Midtown.
New York, NY 10017
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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
Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off Premise Catering-7 days A Week-7am-Midnight
Delivery and set up for all your catering needs.
Metered Street Parking
47-50th Rockefeller Center B,D,F,M.
42nd Grand Central Station 4,5,6,6X.
Chef/Owner Edwin Bellanco
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 email@example.com.
Private Party Contact:
Our Private Events Team: (212) 682-3868
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
Special Events & Promotions:
VITAE is available for Private Functions 7am-2am, 7 Days A Week
Going Away Parties
Filming on Location Shoots
VITAE Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I went to Vitae for the first time for a special birthday dinner. It was more than we had hoped for! The staff were attentive and pleasant, each dish was carefully crafted and absolutely delicious. They ensured that the dinner was not rushed but timely so that we would not miss our next engagement and was the perfect ambiance for a cosy romantic evening (not loud at all!). The staff really went to extra effort to ensure it really was a special occasion. Make sure you leave room for desert - its worth it!
The service was excellent. Everyone was very friendly including the Hostess, the waiter and the bus person. Food was very good and the prices were competitive for the city. My only suggestion is to have more vegetarian options if possible. The restaurant was very accommodating and prepared a special order but it is always better to see an option on the menu.
Initially the pictures and menu drew me in here. Upon arrive and greeted to a really nice hostest, we were sat a bit on top of others with an open restaurant. Our waitress gave us a good wine reco based on our ask which was spot on. Again, menu read well but each dish was pretty uninspiring. Very blah, untasteful from the fried oysters which taste very fishy (maybe frozen?), duck fat rolls which taste like typical bread (ive had mouth watering duck fat rolls a week prior), and very mediocre Wild Halibut. Overall it was 'fine' but I wont go back and if I knew then what I know now; not worth the price of admission.
The food was amazing. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Not only was every single thing we ate exquisite, the service and General Manager Liz were among the best we’ve ever experienced. If you’re looking for great food, great service, and overall the best New York dining experience you could have, give VITAE a try.
First, the waiter acted like he didn't have time for us. Barely answered our questions, and looked annoyed.
He then told us (including my clients) that they have no Salmon at our noon reservation, then talked us up to the most expensive dish, Scallops, which ended up undercooked.
Lastly, after I ordered the entree, the table next to us had 2 salmon entrees.
The whole meal was very disappointing and expensive.
Food was lovely but the restaurant was out of some wines and did not have the venison either which was disappointing. Too many customers for too few staff so you did not feel looked after at all and had to ask constantly for some acknowledgment of your precence
We had a little snafu with our reservation. I made a 1 PM on Open Table and called to see if 1245 would work; they said come any time between 1230-1. When we checked in at 1245, the reservation had been cancelled. We had to wait 10 mins or so for a table. When we did sit down, though, the chef sent complimentary amuse bouche so that was nice. The food was really great for midtown and the ambience was suitable for a business lunch. You could have a conversation and the decor was nice. I will be back for work lunches!!
-Service was not good. I checked in with the hostess, who asked me and my party to wait on the side while she checked on our table. 5 mins later, she returned and asked how she can help us...apparently, she totally forgot who I was and when reminded, she said, oops sorry! After she sat us down, she stated she would bring the cocktail menu and never did. After getting the check from our waiter, upon reviewing each detailed item, we found we were over charged for all the entrees, all the appetizers, and all the desserts. Plus, they charged us 1 extra glass of wine. Although it only amounted to a few dollars more per item, the total was nearly $50 in overcharges including that extra glass of wine. The waiter explained he did not know how that happened and that it must be a glitch in their system. He told us he manually entered the right prices in. That seemed a bit sketchy that waiters can do that at this restaurant. That made us very skeptical. Not to mention drinks are expensive. 1 glass of ginger ale was $6!
My lobster and crab cannelloni was less than desirable. The pasta had the texture of a grainy tortilla and was gray in color. Was hoping for a soft envelope of deliciousness. I had to open it and remove the seafood and ask for a side of drawn butter just to finish it. The cocktails were great but not enough to return. Disappointing.
Service and food were excellent I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Virae for special occasions, lunch or dinner. The value given this is NYC was a very pleasant surprise with no quality compromise. I have entertained clients throughout my 40-year career and I would rank this experience in the top tier.
I was overall quite pleased with Vitae. It sits on a quiet block near the theatre district, though I was there for a business meal with two clients. Service was good, the decor was good and perhaps, best of all, it is a rare find inasmuch as it is QUIET -- I find that there are very few restaurants these days that don't require shouting just to connect with the person sitting opposite you at the same table. So it was refreshing to be somewhere we could speak in normal tones and hear each other.
Service was very good and attentive without being overbearing. As for the food, it was all fine -- nothing super special, but nothing wrong with anything either. My tuna crudo appetizer was my highlight. My sea scallops entree was a bit overly-salted, though it sat in a tasty broth. My colleagues had salmon and halibut, respectively, and were pleased.
My only knock on the restaurant is this: This is a fairly upscale restaurant, yet there was no coat check, so people's coats sat on the backs of their chairs, which doesn't match a restaurant of this caliber (or price point). To boot, the seats are not conducive to holding coats, so at least twice, I saw coats fall to the floor off the backs of chairs. Easily fixed, and it should be.
I'd try Vitae again, and with some minor adjustments, this could easily move from a 3 to 4 in my ratings book.
We arrived on time. Ordered drinks and asked that the appetizers were not delivered until we had finished the aperetif. Drinks arrived no problem. Then our waitress disappeared. After about 30 mins someone asks us if we would like to see the desert menu....
After about another 10 minutes nothing had happened so we left.
Very poor service. The restaurant wasnt even busy so no excuse whatsoever.
Got together with friends and had a table on the mezzanine level...which is where I'd recommend sitting. It's much quieter than downstairs, and nice to look out over the rest of the restaurant. I had the best trout I've ever put in my mouth, a sentiment echoed by one of my fellow diners who had ordered the same dish, and the beet salad with arugula and goat cheese was lovely to look at and devour. Highly recommend, though it is not an inexpensive night out.
The noise level made it virtually impossible to have a conversation. The tables are extremely close together. The service was inattentive (had to ask several times for grated cheese for the pasta; by the time it came the pasta was cold. The food was very good but the overall ambience defeated the purpose of a friends get -together
A four day visit to NYC and Hubbies 69th Birthday! Great food, special birthday appetizer for him and fun desserts with chocolate wishes. Very nice. I would love to give Vitae an overall 5 stars but the noise level was impossible. It was very hard to talk with each other....but the service and food were very good.
The entire staff was friendly and courteous making our dining experience fabulous. That made celebrating my special B-day such a pleasure with complementary surprise small starter tasters, gorgeous dessert and a "goodie gift bag" to take home.
Thank you all for such a great visit.
The food was excellent. The service, while friendly, was inexcusably inattentaive and slow. It was slow getting started, they never checked our meal and we sat with empty plates until we finally asked for the check which was delivered with the empty plates still in the table.
If they were more attentive, we problay would have had dessert and coffee. I am aggravated that I still left them a decent tip; less than 20% but way more than deserved.
Evening dining, we had the chefs tasting menu and was impressed of the attention to detail, food quality and taste.
We also had the wine paring which I would also highly recommend.
Friendly service, eligant interior and comfortable enviorment.
A must visit.
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