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About VITAE

Chef Edwin Bellanco's New American Restaurant located in the heart of Midtown.

4 East 46th St.
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Small Bites: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Private Events-7 Days a week, 8:00am-1:00am

Cross Street:
Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 682-3562

Website:
http://www.vitaenyc.com/

Catering:
Off Premise Catering-7 days A Week-7am-Midnight
Delivery and set up for all your catering needs.

Parking Details:
Metered Street Parking

Public Transit:
47-50th Rockefeller Center B,D,F,M.
42nd Grand Central Station 4,5,6,6X.

Executive Chef:
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 events@vitaenyc.com.

Private Party Contact:
Our Private Events Team: (212) 682-3868

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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
Filming on Location Shoots

VITAE Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (26)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for a Date (19)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Authentic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I am disappointed that I️ read that this was a good place for a quiet business dinner and I️ requested a quiet table upstairs for a business dinner and they put us downstairs in the noisy room

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·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

-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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The hostess was very poor: clueless really. Took forever to get seated in an empty restaurant and very poor seating options. Even with reservations for 5pm, opted for a booth in the bar where the server was outstanding, but it was quite noisey.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Went to VITAE for lunch at my husband's birthday. Food was delicious, staff was supper attentive and ambiance was also great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Vitae has an interesting menu - portions are sized so that you can take advantage of every course. Food is very fresh and made to order. Really enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

5 course prix fix menu for just $75 (not including alcohol) was DIVINE! Bursts of flavors, textures, and generous portions for a prix fix! Meat is very rich- high recommend to opt for pescatarian option!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wine by the Glass way too expensive. Menu was limited but quite good........lovely atmosphere

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Awesome food, great service and white wine. Portions were small, great flavor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Did the tasting and pairing, the serving were way too big and we were full by the 3rd course. Food was good, but the portions hurt the experience

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very good food. Didn't have the beer I wanted so offered me a free replacement beer on the house. Overall was pleased with my dinner.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was a great restaurant for what we needed at the time, a nice meal among business colleagues. It is not touristy, the food was good, and they had a nice but small wine list.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fun, energetic atmosphere, but very loud. Server was not attentive. Food was great though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was better. Went above and beyond to provide a memorable anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fast service, well executed food, international cuisine with a twist.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

2nd time visiting, Both times excellent. Service was impeccable along with quality of food and presentation. Chef's tasting menu was enjoyable and fun! Foie gras was phenomenal. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food - beet salad & halibut was delicious! Service great too

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice menu, Trout was delicious. Wonderful Hostess!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent,
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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were looking for a quite place to have dinner to celebrate our 50th Wedding anniversary while visiting New York. The staff was very friendly. We were given a special desert with Happy Anniversary written on the plate in chocolate.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Of places nearby, this is one of the better options in the area. Food is well made. Good selection of wine by the glass. Service is good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very nice experience
Excellent service
Was a birthday and they helped make it special
The atmosphere of the Place is very nice and is great for dates.
The lamb loin and fillet mignon are great

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Second time in 3 days. Great food, service, etc. Geo is wonderful and attentive.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

I went there with my baby. They were very friendly and kind. Their hospitality was great. I would recommend this place! Also the risotto I ordered was very tasty. Their service was good. Definitely I will visit here again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and excellent service!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great ambiance. Low noise could actually have a conversation. It was a special occasion. The staff was very attentive. Food was delicious. I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food. Creative and interesting.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Met a friend there and we had a lovely time. Did not feel crushed in or rushed out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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