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Posted by Rich on 01/26/2008
I recently went to Avoce with a party of four. We dine out alot. I like to read reviews of places, but it is important to be fair minded. Recently I read a review a paragraph long, only to find out it was take out!! ( how do you review a restaurant on take out food) any way the food here is absolutely top notch. The service was fine. I was hoping for a little more ambience, but its modern decor. If you looking for a terrific meal, then this is the place. As for the negative reviews, about the bad tables, or longer waits, get used to it! This is new york. The food is made fresh and the place is very busy, Most times great food is worth the wait.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 01/26/2008
Madison Square Park on the Madison Avenue side is the home of some fabulous restaurants, most of which belong to the estimable Danny Meyer. But A Voce can certainly give him a run for his money in the food category. My friend and I ate there for lunch, figuring we'd give it a try during Restaurant Week. We were very pleased to see that the menu offered three choices for each course, not the case for all venues involved in this relatively cheap promotion. And, to put it simply, my meal was glorious: Tuscan toast (burnt "just right") with a lovely terrine of foie gras started the lunch, to be followed by one of the best pasta dishes I have had in ages: priest's collars (a pasta I have never seen before) with squid and chorizo in a pesto sauce. The balance of flavors was just perfect, and the fact that the squid rings matched the pasta in size and shape made it somehow amusing. Even the dessert (I am generally not a sweet eater) was delicious: a mango panna cotta with passion fruit salsa. And although no one has yet managed to rival the service at Mr. Meyers' restaurants, I was impressed that having arrived 10 minutes early I was promptly seated rather than being asked to wait at the bar. Altogether a lovely experience, and worth going back to, even at full price!
Posted by jim on 01/21/2008
The food is outstanding here...that's why you should go. The service was just regular - not great, not bad. The waiter actually helped us pick out nice glasses of wine. But the food...farm fresh ricotta, perfectly executed pasta dishes, and simple sauces for fresh ingredients. Worth every penny
Posted by SCOTTK on 01/21/2008
Had a reservation for 4 at 9:45 this past Saturday night and did not sit down until 10:30. It appears that many people were waiting way past their reservation time. We were not even offered a drink. Finally we were seated at the worst table in the restaurant in a corner away from the rest of the room. The hostess told us that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sat at our table recently. I would imagine they did not want to be noticed. I told her that we were not famous and would have preferred a table in the main area. I have eaten at many Michelin star restaurants in Europe and have never been asked to wait longer than a few minutes for a table. As far as the food , it was good, not great. The famous duck meatballs were too sweet and were served cold. We were too hungry to send them back. Shortribs were stringy. We ordered a $110 bottle of white wine and told them not to keep it on ice. They didn't listen and the next glass was way too cold. All in all A Voce was a disappointment . I may try it again but not real soon. How this place was given a Michelin star is a mystery to me.
Posted by BB from Cambridge on 11/26/2007
Having lived in Italy and travelled continally while there, I was not prepared for the extraordinary experience when my daughter and I dined 11/24. We shared 6 selections, all supurb. The staff..from the maitre d, coat attendant, bar and dining staff all courteous and professional. Our waiter Dimitrios, knowledgeable and helpful. The busboy deft and pleasant. The decor is subdued elegance. I appreciated the low-lighting as very comforting ( it was neither dark nor dreary) We arrive at 9:30pm, but am looking forward to lunch on my next visit to NY in a few months.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 11/05/2007
My friend and I went to A Voce after theatre the other night and had a very pleasant experience. The place was humming upon our 10 p.m. arrival, and the friendly staff escorted us to a comfortable window seat. Very friendly, efficient service followed as did a wonderfully prepared, delicious meal. Only one small complaint (and this seems to be a complaint I have about many restaurants in NY recently, not just A Voce): it was too dark. I am perplexed why so many fine dining establishments keep their room so dimly lit. When you have to strain to read the menu and constantly look down on your way to the table or the restroom to make sure you don't trip, you should "lighten up".
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2007
I read all the mixxed reviews- but went anyway...I want all you whiners to just stop!! What is a bad table? The tables all looked pretty much the same to me. The service was attentive and informative- I did not feel rushed even though it was a Fri night. The ricotta starter- and the frito misto was exceptional...The corn ravioli amazing....and I still ate ever last bite of the tonnino. I actually could not do desert- but I am sure it was the same fantastic standard of the rest of my meal. I am not sure what people expect when dining out- but this in my opinion- and I eat out a lot here and worldwide- was pretty close to perfect.