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Posted by happypuppy on 03/27/2007
My wife and I had dinner there on Sunday evening. I called in the morning and booked a 7:30pm table for 2. We were sat at a bad table but it's not as important to me as it is for her. Apparently, they "save" the front tables for the "beautiful" and "important" people. We sat in the far end corner, boxed in between 2 walls and 2 tables. The Maitre D' was a little bit too friendly for our taste, almost the back slapping type, see what I mean? Service is fast, and so is the kitchen. You will most likely not wait there. I chose wisely, marinated sardines special ap, perhaps the best dish of the night and duck agnolotti maincourse, slightly overdone but good. My wife wasn't so lucky. Her duck meat balls were tough (where was the foie gras silkiness?) and the sauce reminded us of Chef Emeril's BBQ salsa...not a good dish. The main course of veal cheeks was boring. Imagine veal cheeks on a bed of polenta drenched with osso buco garnish. That's what it was in effect, osso buco veal cheeks. I've had both in this country and Italy far better osso buco. Dessert were also boring. Gelato giandujia and lemon tiramisu. Is this the future of 3 star dining? Has the fact that Frank Bruni was stationed in Rome as NYT correspondent anything to do with his fond indulgence of italian food in general and A Voce in particular? This was NOT a 3 star restaurant by any measure. Anyone opening a restaurant in NYC should stick to the meat ball and spaghetti format under the present NYT reviewer.
Posted by inwoodsman on 03/21/2007
I don't know that this place deserves so much praise. Is this really considered Italian? I think not. Even so, no matter what fare one considers this it was very disappointing. Duck meatballs? A novelty which need not be tried ever again. The fish was just average as was the beet salad. I was disappointed in pretty much everthing, except the desserts. Even for NYC the prices were extremely high, especially considering the miniscule portions. Also the din which is created in the large space doesn't lend well to intimacy, so if you're going for good conversation, forget it. The waitstaff was great and very attentive, but unfortunately, the atmosphere, prices, portion sizes, and general mediocrity of the food means I won't be coming back. Unfortunate since I was expecting much more from this place.
Posted by Glenn and Rita on 03/15/2007
We went to NYC specifically for the Abbondanza dinner at A Voce. It was fabulous. The food was delicious, everything had a special flavor, none overwhelming. The wines paired with the courses were excellent. The service was great, not at all rushed. The atmosphere was busy, somewhat noisy, but expected at a popular restaurant. We had no problem hearing one another speak. The diners represented every age group. Looking forward to another visit to A Voce.
Posted by Sarah on 02/05/2007
I really enjoyed this place. Great food and atmosphere. The only downfalls were the service (our waiter was nice, but we could never find him!) and the tiny waiting area in the front. We had to stand right in the doorway while we waited for our table and it was freezing! I'm definitely going back though, it was a lovely place.
Posted by Rebecca on 01/25/2007
We ate here for our anniversary & the food IS incredible - everything we had was delicious, and we're both rather "choosy" eaters... That being said, the service was slow... VERY slow... and that is coming from someone who's been to many of NY's top restaurants. It wasn't that "elite" kind of slow, but rather that "we don't want to be bothered" kind of slow. The restaurant is very loud - so just be forewarned that it is NOT the best place to have a romantic, intimate, or quiet date. Would be much better for groups in my opinion. But again, the food was wonderful, so if that's all you're after, eat your heart out!
Posted by doctorted on 01/16/2007
Lunch at A Voce: Sleek, contemporary spaciousand lively, not stuffy. A Voce is has a light, airy feel to it...Many posts note the noise level which i agree is loud but not unbearable...Service is semi-formal, perfunctory and efficient but not indifferent or rude... Be aware the lunch menu is a bit more annotated than presented here with most of the the appetizers but only 4 pasta choices and about 6 main courses...If you are looking for dishes with red sauce, do not come here...However, if you are in the mood for a more sophisticated form of rustic italian food, A Voce fits the bill. For starters my fiancee` and i shared 3 appetizers in ascending order of excellence: Beet Mesclun Salad: Just what it is...Could've used a more flavorful dressing but was fresh. Tuna Tartare: Delicious and refreshing. Vegetable Antipasti: Star of the show: Superb...Consists of [mozzarella melts in your mouth]...Roasted Peppers [smoky, delicious]...Eggplant [divine]. We then followed up with the much heralded and anticipated Duck Meatballs...Definitely good but not all they're made out to be...The best part was the mustard cherry sauce. The little quackers are very rich but were a tad bit dry with a somewhat chewy texture...Dont expect your italian grandma's meatballs. Main Course: Marinated chicken with artichokes which was very tender and sweet in an earthy sauce. Perfect comfort food. For desert we had the chocolate tart which came with caramelized bananas and banana gelato. Delicious. Bread was a bit chewy but olive oil dip was excellent. All presentations were sophisticated and tasteful. Overall, I enjoyed A Voce and would return. I think the food is inventive with robust flavors and is prepared well by a chef who obviously is very talented.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2006
Let me just say, the food was excellent. No arguements from me there, BUT the service was not good. Our server kept messing up the order of what was coming out and when, ex. he brought our two of our salads and then brought the other one 15 minutes later) and rude. And the crowd was a little bridge and tunnel for my tastes.