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Just back from a great dinner at Vice Versa

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Just back from a great dinner at Vice Versa

Joyce Goldstein | Dec 27, 2003 08:24 PM

It was my niece's 20th birthday and she and her boyfriend, parents, brothers and sister-in-law had all gone to see "Wicked". (They loved it btw) We were all reconnoitering afterward for dinner. I had consulted the board for recommendations in the area and I struck on Vice Versa because the recommendations were good and I have been wanting to go there for some time.

It did not fail us.

We had a great table for 9, which isn't easy. We were all able to talk to one another even though the room was a bit noisy. BTW, it was 5 p.m. and the place was totally packed. We were never rushed though and we stayed till almost 8.

The food was lovely. I had a 1/2 order of gnocci w/a deer ragu and a butterflied baby chicken for my main course. Other delectables were the special risotto with truffles and mushrooms (I think - truffles or truffle oil for sure, and divine!). The pork medallions on the prix fixe (a bargain at $30.03) were excellent as were the mussels and the beet salad. The lamb chops, salmon and veal over cheese fondue were really good. The presentation was very pretty and the portions huge. Definitely go hungry or order 1 app and a 1/2 order of pasta.

The wine choices were quite good with Prosecco being in the $30 range and some good reds (an Italian Cabernet and a Barbera D'alba) were in the $40 range and were quite good.

We shared desserts. The best was the panna cotta. The chocolate w/tart cherries was so-so. There was a decent apple strudel. And some very nice ports. Coffee was excellent.

The tab was on the high side I confess but with everything we had and the great service, I'd say that overall it was a "reasonable" celebration place at about $70 pp. Last, but not least, the chairs are among the most comfy I've had for some time - wide and very very cushy and the surrounding although a bit 'cool' and 'austere' were really lovely.

A great evening was had by all!

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