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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2007
My group's entrees and desserts were better than the appetizers -- all were excellent, in fact. But, after dropping more than $300, what I recall most is my waitress' very rude comments about a fairly pedestrian matter. Since I had just tipped her $52 for less than two hours at our table, I found her reactions startling. Good food deserves good service. Management should speak to their people.
Posted by LeonP on 08/30/2007
I can’t understand where all these bad reviews are coming from, because I L O V E D A Voce! My boyfriend and I were greeted warmly when we came in for lunch. Our server was professional, courteous and attentive. And the food was excellent! We shared the seafood antipasti and it was awesome! I had the white tuna and he had the corn ravioli. Exquisite! Even the bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar that they give you upon being seated was unique and tasty. The only complaint I would have is the noise level. When we were there, it was packed with people and there was a loud, background ‘roar’ that was extremely noticeable. It’s something I’m sure the owners did not anticipate when initially scouting the property. However, A Voce’s swivel chairs are the most comfortable seats in all of NYC! If it were possible, I would have stolen one of them!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2007
I had written the review "Don't Go Here" on 07/23/2007 after dining at A Voce and experiencing poor service from our waiter. I had noted that the food and atmosphere was excellent, but the service was very poor from the start. The next day I received a call from Ron, the General Manager, on my cell (apparently Tania or the other hostess I spoke to had told him about my experience) and he invited me and my girlfriend back to the restaurant. We went back last night and were immediately greeted by Ron, who sat us in a prime location and gave us an excellent waiter, Mario. We had a completely different experience. Mario was extremely attentive and did not rush us one bit, Ron also had arranged for a number of desserts to be served to us on the house. We had the sheeps milk ricotta which was excellent, and I had the grandmother's meat ravioli again which was amazing. While I cannot delete my previous review, I have to say A Voce definitely lived up to its reputation after the WSJ article and I will definitely be back. Thank you Ron!