Ask past diners what they think of this Amsterdam Avenue eatery and you'll hear them describe it as cozy, sumptuous, and aptly named. Italian for "go," Vai has a reputation as a can't-miss spot with a carefully curated menu of delicate, chef-inspired fare:
o $54 ($78 value) for a three-course lunch for two on a Wednesday through Sunday
o Each person gets an Italian crudo, appetizer, and pasta or fish dish
o Plus, a seasonal cocktail or glass of prosecco, white wine, or red wine
"Vai was a spectacular surprise. A delightful restaurant and wine bar on the Upper West Side, I recently had a delicious meal there and cannot wait to go back. The wine list is interesting and varied. The menu offers enticing dish after enticing dish -- there are no bores here. Execution is terrific. ... Service is friendly and solicitous. The space is small but nicely decorated; sidewalk seating on a nice day is a bonus. New neighborhood favorite." - Google Reviewer
Culinary Passion on Every Plate
Billed as contemporary Mediterranean with rich Italian influences, the food at Vai certainly has this Upper West Side neighborhood abuzz. Here, dainty and delicious plates are served up in a warmly decorated space, set within exposed brick walls with whimsical sconces and suspended glass orbs at every turn. With your guest by your side, sit down for a mid-day meal that features three courses crafted by expert chefs. Start with a crudo -- like the hamachi and yellow fin duo or the jumbo Maryland fluke ceviche -- before opting for an appetizer like the charred Portuguese octopus. Then, complete your experience with a pasta -- we recommend the roasted chorizo risotto -- or fish dish while sipping your drink of choice.
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