Vitae: Bold, Clean Flavors in Midtown

Vitae is raising the bar in a food-challenged and heavily corporate corner of Midtown. Opened three months ago by Chef Edwin Bellanco (Bouley, Gramercy Tavern), it delivers fresh, clean flavors, terrific house-made pastas (the current lineup includes veal-cheek agnolotti), and—as Will4Food reports—two standout starters: chilled pea soup with lobster, and diver scallops with cauliflower in Thai-style curry sauce.

Cheeryvisage went with the chef's tasting (four courses for $65) and was not disappointed. Highlights included a pulled-pork "taco" with avocado and tomato marmalade; roasted duck breast (with duck leg confit, endive marmalade, Brussels sprouts, and applewood-smoked bacon); and for dessert, an excellent tarte Tatin. "Everything was extraordinarily well executed and delicious," she says.

Noting Vitae's proximity to the offices of NBC and other communications giants, Will4Food sees it becoming "a new clubhouse for the media elite." But, he adds, "unlike other clubhouses (like Michael's) where the food is overpriced and uninspired, Vitae is plating some of the best American food in Midtown."

Vitae [Midtown]
4 E. 46th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues), Manhattan
212-682-3562

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