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.
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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.

TF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business lunch. Food great!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Very attentive staff, delicious meal. Will return!!!

O
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A memorable birthday evening celebration! Vitae had a special birthday menu printed for the celebrant, a candle and cake, a card AND cookies to go. They went above and beyond for my son’s 25th birthday. Food was very good, with lots of gluten friendly options. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I ordered a “very rare” burger which arrived tough as old leather (it had clearly been pressed flat on the grill) and decidedly well done — I didn’t send it back bc I was hosting a business lunch. My side of Brussels sprouts were barely caramelized. The starter of octopus was fantastic, my guest’s meal fine, so clearly the issue was that no one checked my dish before it left the kitchen.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good food. Excellent service. New favorite!

V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a wonderful restaurant. Fancy, pricey, the food was outstanding and the service good.
While it was busy, at no time was it so noisy that we could not hear each other or feel hurried.

NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Bellanco continues to up his game with healthy, farm to table menu offerings at VITAE. My guest had the vegan entree, a cauliflower steak, which was great, as was the seafood crepe that I ordered. The service again was top notch . Overall a fantastic dining experience convenient to GCT and Midtown.

FM
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tired of Italian or steak. Wanted something different but also great service and good food. This restaurant showed up by search engine. WOW! They made us feel like celebrities. Attentive service (but not TOO much). Excellent food. The entire table received an amouse
Bouche of smoked salmon purée on top of a potato “plinko” and it was dramatic and smoky. We liked it but my son found it a smidge too smoky. Still very savory. A birthday amouse bouche JUST for me was next. Unexpected and very tasty also. Hubs and I had the halibut: perfectly cooked and moist. Side of brussel sprouts with bacon complimented the meal. Wine from the Côtes du Rhône completed our meal. Wine by the bottles weren’t too outrageous given the expected markup. They served us a flourless chocolate cake for dessert which was rich but not sweet and really hit a nice note to end the meal. The ambiance was modern and retro at the same time (see pics?). The service was flawless. I don’t need a special occasion to return! Thank you!!!

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was fine. A bit too loud.

SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The noise level was a little high. We were sitting right by the corner, so the angle was strange, but everything else was great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Loved the decor and fresh apple wall! Will definitely come again! Thank you!

D
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was great but compared to last time I was there, it wasn’t as great. Last time, it was absolutely extraordinary- everything was taken care of so discreetly and without hounding.

L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding 5 courses, impeccable service . They made our anniversary a night to remember. We will return.

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday and was welcomed with a birthday menu- tastings from the chef and white chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Felt very special!

ER
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

At first impression, the ambiance of the restaurant is appealing. The service is fast...maybe a little too fast, but curtious. The food was off - the lobster canelloni was sour from too much lemon juice. The arancini were bite size although tasty. The octopus appetizer was cooked well but was in a very tangy dressing. Our burrata was the only thing I'd order again. For almost $20 per appetizer, I would try somewhere else next time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My sister and I had a lovely dinner here! We came here to eat before watching a musical and it was just the right amount of food for us two. We got the pulled pork tacos, pork buns, steak tartare and brussel sprouts on side. The chef also offered a free appetizer bite, a dessert bite/drink and a cookie for each of us to go. Cookie was amazing btw! All food was great! Pork tacos were my least favorite, didn’t love the watermelon on top, and personally I forget that I don’t love pork belly meat that much, but I think if maybe there was a spicy mayo sauce of some kind instead of the watermelon I maybe would’ve liked it more, it was still yummy though. Thanks for the lovely dinner!

RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Just a tad noisy upstairs and a little warm. Overall very good though

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and staff went above and beyond to help us celebrate my dads 75th bday! Delicious food and great central location. Will definitely come back!

O
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, great food! Went for a birthday dinner and all of the staff went out of their way to make it a memorable experience. We’ll definitely be back.

O
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely the variety of dishes, flavors and freshness of everything. The charred carrots and lobster avocado sushi were amazing. Only negative was not having tamarin sauce available (for celiac diners) which you would expect of a high end place. Such a great spot for different, tasty, not stiff steakhouse type cuisine for a business lunch or friend lunch. Staff were great and so knowledgeable.

MM
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel to NYC every year to see a Broadway or off-Broadway show and this is our pre-theater go to restaurant. Great food and atmosphere. Beautiful bar and restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Our waitress could not have been any nicer!!!!

RB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always excellently prepared

AR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wonderful service! Will absolutely go again!! Highly recommend!

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food here was outstanding, we had the tasting menu with wine pairing and loved everything. Risotto with corn and the lamb pasta are honorable menu mentions. However, we arrived at 6:55 for our reservation at 7pm, but had to stand for 30 minutes waiting for a table to open up. Once finally seated, the hostess sent us a round of champagne to apologize for the wait, which was much appreciated - but that was still a fairly long time to stand, in heels, for a table we reserved a week in advance.

JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice vibe. Vegan and veggie options. The rolls were delic

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find. Service was superb and high quality food and presentation. Portion sizes are decent.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is great, great service, nice ambiance - It would be good if they could fix the HVAC (way too hot) and rearrange seating / tables to avoid congestion and cramping.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The drinks were great. The filet was overdone but sides were good. Halibut was dry and uninspired. The bread was fantastic and freshly made. Overall too pricey for the quality delivered.

K
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very innovative there and the staffs are friendly and professional. Very enjoyable experience there.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Far exceeded our expectations - food preparation was exceptional. What a nice surprise.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service excellent. One of the only nice restaurants in he area to eat.
A bit pricey.

SS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great business dinner environment. Variety of dishes on menu will please different tastes. The pork belly sticky buns were the best of the appetizers we ordered. The halibut basted in duck fat with trumpet mushrooms, and dove sole with Alaskan king crab entrees were excellent. Décor is beautiful. This one if going on my personal NYC restaurant list.

L
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Always come here when in NYC.

TR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an incredible meal at Vitae. We were in early to make a Broadway show and the staff was welcoming and spoiled us with a treat of smoked salmon. Presentation was perfect and the food tasted spectacular. We would recommend this to any special date. Rated 11/10.

MM
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely tasting meal for my husbands birthday and the team really accommodated our requirements - as always the food was great and we had a lovely evening.

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