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A Voce Columbus
Posted by kara on 01/01/2011
My BF and I dined here for our holiday celebration dinner following the ballet. Our table was spectacular - a table for two against the window looking out at the circle and down CPsouth... the wait staff was wonderful - the everything we ordered apps (mushroom appetizer to die for) and entrees (especially the steak) sooo amazing - with a great bottle of red wine that was recommended by their sommelier. .. we even couldnt resist but to get two desserts and an after dinner drink! All of these factors made for a very memorable and romantic meal!!
Posted by bklyn11201 on 12/24/2010
This was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in recent memory. First, our waiter acted if we were at a TGIFriday's, repeatedly asking us to smile for him and awkwardly teasing us. He also had no idea what the word "vegetarian" meant -- when my mother asked if something could be made vegetarian (ie no prosciutto on top), he said no because it had cheese on it. When she said cheese was ok, he told her no, vegetarians can't eat cheese and if she was a vegetarian she couldn't have the dish (which was a salad). When we then specifically asked if they could hold the meat, he said no, it would take away from the "complexity" of the dish (again - it was a salad). He then informed her that she would be having the mushroom appetizer, and didn't even give her a chance to think about whether she wanted that (she didn't). The sommelier was incredibly rude - we asked for a bottle of wine and he told us they didn't have it (he refused to acknowledge that it was on their list) and suggested we try a carafe of the Super Tuscan instead. We agreed, and received a tiny carafe which contained 4 glasses of wine, and were charged $150 for it. We hadn't bothered to ask the price because it wasn't a huge concern and we assumed it would be comparable to the bottle we'd asked for (around $80), but $150 for 4 glasses of wine is a price that should be mentioned upfront. Finally, the food was overwhelmingly greasy and bland -- there was literally nothing I would eat again. I really enjoyed the Madison Ave A Voce and was totally disappointed by this one.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/20/2010
Attended a private party here last week. One of the worst culinary experiences ever in a venue that is well thought of. I will skip the cocktail party first. The first course was either a watercress salad with fress parmesan or a marinated scallop presentation. The salad was far too cold and the dressing was tasteless. Not one of the four people at our table finished even half. The scallops were not "raw" as the server said, but marinated and served with vegetables. Hardly any taste whatsover. The next dish was caviatelle with a wild boar bolognese - sounded great. The pasta was gummy and the rago, what there was of it was again tasteless. It also reminded me of the old Groucho Marx line about the food being so bad "and such small portions!" The second plat was a steak that was OK, but nothing more. Along side was gloppy polenta and good brussels sprouts ( I've since learned that it was the recipe of the former chef ) - what made it so amusing was that the waiter, who was rushing us throughout, had to go to the kitchen to find out what the polenta was! Dessert was some typical chocolate "painting" that should force the desert chef back to school. All and all an embarassment. Avoid this place at all costs.
Posted by CuisineCrazy on 07/15/2010
Having enjoyed their restaurant on Madison Avenue, I was looking forward to experiencing this one. A big disappointment. The food is good, not very good. Not excellent. The space is not warm or welcoming, but does afford a great view of Columbus Circle, being on the third floor of the Time Warner Center. Our party of three had the grilled calamari appetizer and some crusty dumplings as starters. The swordfish was a small "chunk" well presented. The pasta with mussels looked impressive, but the mussels were slivered, like they were a very valuable ingredient and just an accent on the pasta. The trout entree was somewhat ordinary. The service staff seemed to be recruited on the subway- not very sophisticated although adequately efficient. This is a place for visitors to Manhattan that will be overwhelmed by visiting the building and will consider the restaurant "gourmet". It isn't for locals that know high quality food, style and ambiance. My dining companions and I have no desire to return.
Posted by Dave on 05/27/2010
Our third visit was as wonderful as each time before. We’ve especially enjoyed each of the pastas we’ve shared (like the Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese or the Pappardelle with braised rabbit). Entrees such as the special grilled veal chop or the turbot with mussels, fava beans, and sopressata were fantastic. The Bomboloni alla Toscana are an addictive treat. Service has always been friendly and attentive but not intrusive. To my wife’s delight, there is another reason to go to the Time Warner Building --- A Voce, A Voce, A Voce!!!
Posted by Spicey on 04/25/2010
After a much anticipated visit to the ex-Cafe Gray... What a let down... Whose idea was it to take a spectacular restaurant space and make it into part cafeteria, part conference room? The food isn't even worth mentioning. The service was amateur. To my husbands dismay still the only reason to go to the Time Warner Building is Per Se Per Se Per Se.
Posted by SR on 04/19/2010
Food was good, but service a bit bizarre. We asked our server if pasta and an entree would be too much and he said it depends on how hungry you are. Based on that, I got a pasta and an entree and my wife and her friend chose to each get a pasta and split an entree. Without consulting us, our waiter then proceeded to bring us three appetizer portions of pasta. In the end, my wife and her friend just ordered extra dessert to fill up, but seriously, what's the deal with that?