VITAE

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Chef Edwin Bellanco's New American Restaurant located in the heart of Midtown. Enjoy delectable dishes like our 18 hour braised pulled pork tacos, black trumpet mushroom crusted halibut while sipping on our house crafted artisanal cocktails.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.4
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was my husband's birthday and they treated him like he was special! Food was good especially the Tuna appetizer. Was a nice night out.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day set up

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Food was not good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!

OT
London
50 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant is a welcome addition to this area of the city. The food was superb; a little pricey but totally worth it. Everything we had to eat was excellent. Service great too; everyone was welcome, efficient and professional. I would go back as well as recommend to others.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recipes, atmosphere and service here are SPECTACULAR!!

CB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was sloooooow, very inattentive. Food was good but relatively uninteresting. Wine list uninspired.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service! Pricey, but great place to go before theater and treat yourself!

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good. The server was smiling and kind it seemed, but she kept interrupt our conversation, middle of eatings, to ask if we’re doing fine. We weren’t eating slow, nor the place was busy. Nothing was abnormal. Because it was so uncomfortable interruptions, made us push out sooner. Maybe it was what she wanted.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant lunch. Staff was great, room is well lit and not too loud for lunch

Great menu and food was perfect

JN
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great, but lunch ambiance was too noisy for conversation. The music was VERY loud.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and so convenient to Grand Central.

MB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Went before theatre and very conscious of getting us there on time. Lovely staff.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great food...service was very good...drinks could be a lot better. Overall I will go back again.

VITAE
Responded on January 10, 2020

Dear guest, Our apology as you did not enjoy the drinks as much. Would you kindly let us know what drinks did you have so that we can work to improve them for the next time you come back?

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We questioned doing NYE dinner out with our two boys (8 and 10 yrs old.) We needn’t have worried- the experience was wonderful! From the friendly hostess, to the bartender who made the boys “mocktails” to our server who was genuinely kind and engaging- we felt welcomed and well taken care of from the moment we walked through the door. The food was excellent- we all did the 3 course prix fixe, and the chef send out a beautiful arancini amuse as well. My son has a mango allergy, and ordered a shrimp appetizer without the mango sauce- the chef not only happily accommodated the request, but came out to the table to make sure we knew it was made without the mango, and even made him some extra when my son told him how much he was enjoying it. My other son ordered a filet and the reduction that accompanied it was among the best I’ve ever tasted. The duck with pomegranate hit all the right notes and was a beautifully crispy confit alongside a perfectly cooked breast. The scallops were also a hit with everyone at the table. The cheesecake with passion fruit purée was the star of the desserts. It was a delicious meal and a lovely evening all around. We’re looking forward to visiting again!

VITAE
Responded on January 10, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for dining with us. We really appreciate your kind words and we look forward to your return.

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RB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Apps and entres were good and dessert was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. The perfect stop to get away from the crowds.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Shrimp & crab dumplings and halibut were outstanding with the selection of a red wine flight. Topped off with wild blueberry bread pudding. Great service too.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Peter did a great job and Jesse runs a well oiled machine!

Cacio pepe....

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A bit noisy but we’re there for early Dinner may be cozier later in the night.

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It was overall ok. Not sure I will return anytime soon. I will say the Food was amazing. Tasty, delicious, a little twist on classic dishes. Very good.
The service was below average. The waitstaff was a different person at every point. Not working together. The first waitress poured us a glass of wine from the bottle that was literally the tiniest pour I ever had. Like what you get at a wine tasting. Another women came, spoke so softly I still do t know what she said. We then said no thank you to dessert, they bring the check?? We actually wanted another glass of wine instead of dessert and they weren’t happy. Maybe they were rushing us out. Not sure. Rude behavior.
Prices are high
Service is poor.

It’s a shame since the food is great.

Oh well

s
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and top and efficient service. It was a bit loud but this was office party season

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great menu, food and service. Deducted stars because the rest rooms were dirty and did not have towels. Also, one did not have a lock on the doorwhich is unacceptable.

p
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from the moment you walk in. Personable hostesses and waiters/waitresses. Delicious food and drinks. Great location just slightly tucked away.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great service ! Highly recommend

t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food menu; appealed to all of our guests (including vegetarian)

P
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

This is the last place to consider for a productive business conversation. It has to be the noisiest restaurant in Manhattan.

But perhaps the food was the biggest disappointment. Vitae had been our favorite restaurant for years. Perhaps there’s been a change in the kitchen. There’s certainly been a change in the prices, and not in a good way. $100 per guest with no drinks is unreasonable, especially when the food is insignificant. Fortunately, we are blessed with so many other, better choices in that neighborhood.

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, service and style of the restaurant! Definitely worth a visit when in NYC.

J
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was good as long as you don’t mind having to constantly wait for the waiters. Would have got a bottle of wine too but it took to long to help us, as our meals were almost ready when we finally got a drink order in.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They went all out to acknowledge my wife’s birthday which I thought was great.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was ok at best. way overpriced for value and overall taste.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very diverse menu and everything ordered was delicious! Salmon mousse on smoked potato "treat" from the chef was amazing!

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious!

AY
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was tastefull, the waiters were kind, but the music was too loud. It felt more like a disco than a restaurant.

H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely date night before a show. They offered wonderful apps and dessert besides our meals and drink. Would recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for pre-show dinner for hubby’s birthday. Special menu just for him. Food all very good. Given a bag of cookies and sweet handwritten birthday note at end of meal.

HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VITAE is a rare diamond in the city - such a wonderful dining experience we had there! I made a reservation for my mother-in-law and I for lunch. It was her birthday and I requested (while making a reservation on OpenTable) something nice like Happy Birthday on her plate to make her feel special. Boy, did they make her feel special! She was greeted with a special menu with Happy Birthday on it. Our amazing waitress (I believe Ann Claire - I'm bad with names!) came up and wished her happy birthday as well. She was attentive, detailed and not overbearing. Love her! The food and presentation was simply outstanding! Food deserves a review on its own. The flavor, the combinations - a must come back! The dessert was also designed for my mom-in -law with a candle and special presentation. They truly went out of their way to make my favorite old bird feel special and really happy. I cannot thank them enough!

JL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Vitae and we will be back! Food, service, ambience and value was spot on. Highly recommend!

MM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect pre-show dinner.

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