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Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2008
What a disappointment. I had read such nice things about A Voce and I was let down on every level. Although we had reservations, we were left waiting for quite a while in the entrance/ bar which was noisy and obnoxious. In fact, the general atmosphere was mediocre at best. Once seated, we waited quite a while for any service and then even longer for the wine and drinks to come. The anti-pasto came randomly and spread out sporadically by different bus boys or waiters. To be honest I wasn't quite sure who was our waiter until two thirds of the way through the meal. Although we ordered a bottle of wine, they didn't leave the bottle at the table, so all evening we had to track down a bus boy or waiter when we needed a refill. The first refill they brought over was the WRONG BOTTLE so they proceeded to pour the wrong wine into half-full glasses. Then they seemed surprised when I asked for a new glass with the CORRECT wine unmixed. Even after I pointed out the mistake, they argued with me trying to convince me that I was mistaken until they eventually admitted to a mix up (they served me wine from the previous party). When the food eventually came it was fine, but nothing to write home about. The menu was about the same trying hard, but falling short when it came to living up to its reputation.
Posted by JMB on 02/13/2008
This past weekend my family was in town so I took them to A Voce. I have been there several times, but this latest meal was somehow even better than in the past! The appetizers are always great (I love the beet salad) and they had a special duck ravioli that was delicious. My Uncle, a world traveler and food connoisseur claimed that his pork chop was "the best he had ever tasted." We sampled all of the desserts as well and I highly recommend the coffee gelato and the mini donuts with chocolate sauce.
Posted by susan ryan on 01/31/2008
I just came from dinner and I must report that everything from the food to the atmosphere to the service was fantastic. I was a little concerned after reading the reviews but I had a wonderful experience. Dinner for 2 (2 glasses of wine, 1 appetizer, 1 pasta, 2 entrees and 2 desserts) was $190 with tax/tip. A bit pricey but I will tell you that every mouthful was just delightful. The vegetable antipasti was great. The pasta was pumpkin tortelloni and it wasscrumptious. Short ribs unbelievable...my friend had the tuna which I don't care for but I had a little bite and it was quite good. Pistachio gelato, great. The most delicious and fun dessert: bomboloni with chocolate sauce for dipping. They are big round doughnuts served warm and the surprise is that there is a liquid custard inside which oozes out when you bite it. Oh my, was that outrageous. I dine out often and am not always blown away by a lot of restaurants but congrats to A Voce, you blew me away!
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.