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Vai

429 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.782328 -73.980387
nr. 80th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-362-4500 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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Official Website

vairestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sun, noon-3pm and 5pm-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$17-$34

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

While top whisks like Ed Brown and Daniel Boulud made noise about braving the Upper West Side, Vai slipped quietly into its modest, handsomely mirrored space on West 77th, quickly winning fans for its lush pastas. With tables both tall and normal, and doors thrown open to the street on a mild night, Vai clearly wants to be a wine bar, offering charcuterie and cheese plates, and more for the hungry. It also wants to play big-time, with a three-course prix-fixe for $49, a five-course signature menu for $69, and an eight-course "spontaneous" tasting menu for $89. The a la carte entrées, like sea scallops, pork loin, and a short rib/filet mignon duo, are reasonably priced  ($18 to $29, with a $34 ribeye). The erratic pricing feels aggressive right now, but with all these options, it’s possible to choose an affordable supper.

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