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4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Brunch - Weekend
- Outdoor Dining
- Full Bar
62nd St. to 100th St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.
This venue is closed.
Little Italian boites may seem as ubiquitous as midtown Starbucks, but even so, small, sleek Vivo stands out. Housed in a boxy space, Vivo’s open front section allows outdoor dining in good weather; inside, wine-dark walls and an elegant granite bar set a tone that’s both modern and cozy. A dramatic crystal chandelier illuminates the restaurant’s 50 seats; walls are hung with large, lush, deep-toned paintings of the Italian countryside. An emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood prevails, in the shellfish-packed seafood salad and the ravioli alla arogosta, filled with fresh lobster, olives, and shallots; a fresh, seasonal cappellini primavera evoke the restaurant's Sicilian sympathies. Menu-wide homage to the Italian classics means that even the simplest fare, like lightly-breaded, flash-fried calamari, served with marinara that has a real bite. Imagine, then, the care lavished on more complex entrees: Chicken rollatini, breast meat pounded thin and then rolled with spinach, prosciutto, and mozzarella, is drizzled with a rich wild mushroom sauce; and veal Sorrentino layers the meat and mozzarella with baby eggplant in a sherry demiglace. It’s a far cry from standard red-sauce Italian, making Vivo a welcome respite from the loud clatter and often subpar fare of its culinary neighbors.Prix-Fixe
There’s a multi-course dinner daily for $25.50; weekend brunch is $14.50Recommended Dishes
Insalate de Caesar, $7.95; calamari fritti, $9.95; chicken rollatini, $15.95; veal sorrentino, $16.95
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