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Vitae

4 E. 46th St., New York, NY 10017 40.755583 -73.978549
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-682-3562 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

vitaenyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:30am-11pm; Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.

Prices

$26-$46

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Theater District
  • Design Standout
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

The chef/owner here did time at Bouley, Gramercy Tavern, and French Laundry before opening his own Midtown spot in March 2012. The high-ceilinged space impresses with over-the-top opulence: a cage-like nickel lattice climbing the half-mirrored walls offsets more obvious Mad Men-era touches, like cream and cobalt club chairs and a blond-wood bar. A second level backed by a glass-fronted, 1,000-bottle wine vault serves as a handsome private dining room. The contemporary American menu boasts creative cocktails like the piquant El Gallito (available upon request), made with jalapeño-infused Espolon Reposado tequila, plus playful appetizers like the adorably bite-sized pulled-pork tacos crowned with a dollop of avocado mousse. Half and full-sized entrees are less consistent, however. In the Chitarra (named for a stringed pasta maker) chicken-and-ricotta meatballs distract with their off-putting sweetness. The creamy rock shrimp risotto; and confit-sprinkled duck breast are better bets; for dessert, try the chocolate soufflé, served with espresso crème anglaise for drizzling.

Recommended Dishes

Pulled pork tacos, $16; Rock shrimp risotto, $24

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