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B, C at 103rd St.
- Brunch - Weekend
- Late-Night Dining
- Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
- Outdoor Dining
- Beer and Wine Only
84th St. to 144th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
This venue is closed.
Voza Restaurant brings casual sophistication to this gritty expanse of Manhattan Valley. Despite its diminutive size, this petit spot conjures up pleasing flavors in dishes that salute France, Italy, and, most compellingly, the American South. The setting is rustic, with wooden tables, fabric-covered banquettes, exposed brick and beige-painted walls, and a wood-beam-enhanced ceiling. Edison light bulbs ensconced in tulip-shaped shades add a romantic glow, as do the tabletop tea lights. Chef and co-owner Sharn Jenkins, formerly of Bayard’s and the India House Club, presides over the miniature open kitchen and schmoozes with customers, a mix of Columbia University's faculty and students, as well as regulars from across the West Side. Jenkins’ jumbo lump crab cake—moist crustacean meat with a touch of breadcrumbs and subtle seasonings—makes an excellent starter. The goat-cheese-stuffed shrimp are undistinguished, but the double cut T-bone pork chop is a knockout. Dusted with salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin, its juiciness and flavor are utterly commendable. For a relative newcomer, Voza Restaurant shows signs of being a keeper.Recommended Dishes
Voza’s jumbo lump crab cake with Cajun tartar sauce, $11; Voza’s O-La-La pork chop, $25
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