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Vai Restaurant

A great meal is not just about the food and wine. A great meal is not just one that fills you up. A great meal opens up your senses and introduces you to new tastes. What we choose to do at Vai is take the simple act of eating, an ordinary activity, and make it extraordinary. Our staff will make your visit an amazing experience. Vai, which means "go" in Italian, is a beautiful space, warm atmosphere, filled with people who care. We will treat you as a guest in our home. Sit, relax, breathe...let us take care of you. Let us create a memory.
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513 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(513 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 513 reviews
5 stars
(260)
4 stars
(178)
3 stars
(55)
2 stars
(16)
1 star
(4)
Food 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
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  • neighborhood gem(263)
  • fit for foodies(254)
  • romantic(98)
  • special occasion(63)
  • hot spot(55)
  • notable wine list(49)
Vai Restaurant Reviews List
Review 1 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 2 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Standards Dropped

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Fourth and final visit for me.
Loved going here with my wife, before a show at the Beacon theater. Food has always been fantastic and although pricey it was worth it.
This last visit the food was way below usual standards, causing me to question the value when the check arrived.
Customer lost."
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2015
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Review 3 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fabulous dinner

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Interesting food
Great cocktails
Nice cute restaurant
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Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/19/2016
 2012
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Review 5 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great restaurant

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Enjoyed a great dinner here last week .
Great Snapper for 2 .
Nice wine selection .
Inventive menu with great flavor combos.
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Dined on 4/24/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Here's to Vai!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"The food is well prepared and tasty. Try the ravioli and the pork loin. Other dishes sound outstanding as well. Vai is attractive and the brick wall gives it a cozy quality. While relatively expensive for us, we'll be back for special occasions."
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My sister lives out of town and every time we speak I explain to her how fabulous Vai's food is. She came to visit me so I surprised her with a dinner date at Vai. Her favorite dishes were the King Oyster Mushroom with mascarpone white polenta, soft egg and the Sauteed Idaho Brook Trout. She truly loved the food, the friendly waitress and the great dining experience at Vai. She made me promise her that every time she visits me in NYC her first stop has to be VAI RESTAURANT...."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2005
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Review 9 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2008
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Review 10 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

GREAT DINNER

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"GREAT DINNER , GREAT STAFF.
PLEASED TO WRITE A NICE REVIEW .
WELCOME FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT .
ALWAYS ENJOYABLE .
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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2013
Special Features: hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Excellent small restaurant .
Nice wine selections .
Great food and service as usual .
Will be back .
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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2013
Special Features: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/22/2016
 2007
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Review 13 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

disappointing

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"horrible service. waited 25 mins for a waitress. someone else came. unapologetic."
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2012
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Review 15 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not impressed with food/price. Drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2006
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"The food was ok . I think it had to do more with the dish most of us had. The veal papardelle. It had a bit of a gamey taste. The drinks were tasty."
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 16 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2005
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Review 18 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Too loud

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Very good food, attentive and friendly service. But the noise level was so high, it was painful, even without music playing -- it's a small room with all hard surfaces and small tables crammed in close to each other. WE didn't necessarily mind the closeness of the tables, but the noise level is really unpleasant and close to unendurable. We won't be back, which is a shame because the food and service were really good."
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2006
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Review 19 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

New-Age Italian

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Best meal out we've had in a long time. The servers were friendly, but not overly so. The decor is simple and elegant without being sparse. A wine list that fit every palate and budget. And the food was phenomenal!"
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2008
Special Features: hot spot, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2005
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Review 22 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
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Review 23 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2008
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Review 24 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Time

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Saturday packed house - tight quarters -
But fun place - great food - chicken for 2 awesome
Loved it !!!!!!!!!
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Dined on 4/07/2016
 2013
Special Features: hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 25 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 26 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

GREAT PLACE !!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"ENJOYED EVERYTHING !
TIGHT SPACE BUT AWESOME INTERESTING FOOD !
WE WILL BE BACK SOON
"
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2013
Special Features: hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"$12 beers?? What? That doesn't make any sense. At all. At least it gave me a fine excuse to order wine. I'm a foodie and the food was pretty good, but value is questionable."
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic
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Review 28 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great food but awkward service.
Training needed.
A nice small hole in the wall with inventive food.
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Dined on 4/04/2016
 2004
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Review 29 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2003
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2003
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

We enjoy Vai and Vincent's wonderful menu

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The exterior facade needs a bit of FAST sprucing up. When we arrived we thought perhaps closed. The food is fabulous and the Prix fix menu @ $29 is a deal for New York but not for everyone.
You know what trumps up the bill (no pun intended) the bar. So enjoy a bottle of wine but do know a couple of Bloody Mary's will raise the tariff.
Having said; we went pre-theatre matinee and grabbed a slice or two of pizza later on. It is a fabulous brunch for those who wish to have something other than eggs, omelet, bacon, etc.
Staff is terrific, too!
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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 32 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

My 3rd time here and I'll be back for a 4th soon!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Everything is lovingly prepared but I especially love the ravioli!"
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/23/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 35 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good good but very very loud restaurant

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Good was good even if a bit overpriced - $130 for a 2 person meal (2 glasses of wine, 1 appetizer and 2 simple dishes, no desert). Extremely loud and little room on tables, the whole place felt too packed"
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
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Review 36 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Food was excellent and I enjoyed the nice Italian wines by the glass. The place is small and very packed. It is also quite loud. Service was fast and friendly. Nice spot to dine on the UWS."
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
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Review 37 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2013
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2003
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2003
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Review 39 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/31/2016
 2007
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Review 40 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food preparation was fabulous. A very kind staff added to the pleasure of the evening."
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2011
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Review 41 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Still a bit off the radar, not sure why!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Vai offers very interesting and delicious dishes. The octopus appetizer was outstanding - spicy, tender, plentiful. The burrata and truffle ravioli was excellent. For the main courses, the skate and the hangar steak were very good. Preparation was superb all around. The Monday night 3-course deal is a real steal - too much to eat, in fact. This is a great neighborhood find, even though it's still not that well known and you have to search a bit for it on the street."
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 42 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Viva VAI

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Good food, plus eye candy is what you will find at this snug, lively upper west side restaurant. The food is memorable, starting with the wonderful eggplant, spread presented with warm and crusty bread. The menu offers a nice selection of fresh pastas, well prepared fish dishes, and entrees for two. The desert menu is very limited. The staff is pleasant but too few, and if noise bothers you, you might want to pass."
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot
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Review 43 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/27/2016
 2006
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Review 44 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2006
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2006
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Review 45 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2006
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/28/2016
 2006
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Review 47 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Prix fixe Monday supper started out fine but unfortunately the skate, a tricky fish to prepare, got the better of the chef and tasted heavily of ammonia.
The server attempted to make amends with a dessert on the house but then the charge for it appeared on the bill!
Vai is a neighborhood business that we have enjoyed patronizing until now but not sure we will be back."
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2003
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Review 48 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great execution of appetizers, second and main courses.
Fresh ingredients, great and attentive service, good value for gourmet-like food. We were a party of three and got the tuna/hamachi ceviche appetizer which has the perfect level of citrus with very fresh fish. Second Course was burrata ravioli, octopus, veal/pasta. All were great, with good presentation, good portion control given high quality of ingredients.
Main courses we got the pork shoulder and the salmon. Both were interesting flavors and again were well executed dishes. We would have stayed for dessert but had plans.
Would definitely recommend to friends, family for any occasion.
Service : A+
Food: A
Ambiance: A
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Dined on 3/27/2016
 2009
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Review 49 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"On a busy Saturday evening they were running a bit behind - and the manager immediately offered a glass of wine on the house - didn't even ask if my party was complete.
This place has been very good for a long time.
Bustling at peak with not a lot of room but great atmosphere. If looking for quiet maybe better during off-peak times."
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2013
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Review 50 for Vai Restaurant
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

GO!

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"This is a pleasant neighborhood restaurant with a small but well-chosen menu and interesting wine list, including by the glass. I wish I could give a better review of the food, but maybe Saturday night at 9 PM is not the right time to go. We had to wait for our reservation to be seated and wait interminably to be served----as a result the spaghetini with rock shrimp was way over cooked and left on the plate. The ingredients are fresh and the hydroponic salad delicious, too bad the kitchen failed."
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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