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“Terrific food, great ambience, and excellent, if a little rushed, service.”
Review of A Voce Columbus - CLOSED

A Voce Columbus
Price range: US$ 50 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Central Park South & 8th Avenue
Transit: We are located on the third floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. A Voce is conveniently situated at 59th Street and Broadway, near the A,B,C,D and 1 Trains. Additionally, the M5, M7, M10, M20 & M104 buses stop in/or near Columbus Circle.
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The meals at a Voce never disappoint -they are always delicious and creative! That said, some creations may be a bit more successful than others, but at least it's not a boring plate of cheese ravioli. As a starter, the octopus salad (polipo) is both delicious and beautiful, presented as a slab of terrine of meticulously laid out octopus slices -a definite winner! The duck breast entree is memorable, but the cavatelli is a bit bland, with the only flavor in the relatively thin sauce. It's not bad, just not as special as the other dishes. But the beautiful setting and views of Columbus circle, along with pretty good service, add up to a lovely dining experience.

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Thank lajavaguy
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

I went here on a business lunch with four other people on a Monday at 12:30.
The restaurant itself is beautiful. They have stunning views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, as well as gorgeous interior design. When we got there, we thought it was a little strange that it was empty but for one other table of 3, but we sat down and perused the menus.
Most of us ended up ordering the prix fixe menu and then we ordered a few appetizers to share. To begin with, the Burratina was amazing (but it is also pretty hard to mess that up). The Gnocco fritto, however, were a big miss. Essentially you received a long plate of empty fried puff pastry, accompanied by a large plate of prosciutto and some odd onion jam. Part of the problem was that you think it's going to be like gnocchi and this most definitely was not.
My appetizer (the Passera) was beautiful and quite tasty. The main - a salmon in a pea puree - was also quite amazing. My fellow diners mostly got the ravioli main, which they all seemed to enjoy.
The one other misstep with the food came with the polenta, which one of my fellow diners had ordered as a side. He was the only one who ordered it but they brought two out and charged us for two as well. The big problem came with the fact that the two small containers of polenta were seasoned wildly differently. One of them was actually quite lovely and converted me to polenta. The other had about 3x as much rosemary in it and was almost inedible.
The bomboloni (little doughnuts with a dark chocolate dipping sauce) were amazing and they also sent along a little chocolate and marshmallow dessert, which was quite tasty.
The main problem with this restaurant was the service. It was odd that we came at peak lunch hour and there was no one there and at a certain point we started thinking that they were taking so long with service because there was no one there and they wanted to keep up their pretense of bodies in the dining room. It ended up being a 2.5-3 hour long meal, which we were not anticipating.

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2  Thank Seferina B
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

We had lunch at the bar yesterday and it was wonderful, maybe better than ever. This summer's three-course fixed-price lunch option is a real bargain--multiple choices in each course, regular portions, full presentation. Vickie had fluke + beef + bombolini and I had fave bean soup (wow!) + ravioli + strawberry panna cotta. Victor took good care of us at the bar, picking red by the glass for me, white by the glass for Vickie. We've never had a bad meal at A VOCE and this particular one was especially special.

Thank Fred193
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

Two of us entered this restaurant with high expectations as it had a wonderful location overlooking Columbus Circle. There were three empty tables by the window and we asked to be seated in one of them and were told that they were reserved. I asked "all of them are reserved" especially when the restaurant was mostly empty. We were seated there by the hostess but reluctantly. Both of us ordered Risotto with lobster, and were told that half a lobster is top of the risotto but when the food came, it had five little pieces of probably one claw. The risotto was more like wet rice, and didn't taste like risotto at all. The waiter took our order and we never saw him again. We had to motion different wait staff to get water or bread. At the end of the meal, we finally got the waiter to bring the check. We were mostly ignored by the waiter, which was upsetting considering how mediocre small portioned meal and how much we paid for it. There was a table of six people next to us, which was showered with attention. They were ordering expensive wine and lots of expensive food, so I guess unless you plan to spend a few hundreds on your meal, don't expect to get much service or attention. I will not be returning to this place and recommend that you save your money as well!

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1  Thank Maha0691
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

We dined with some foodie friends who are not easily impressed, but were delighted. Although it is a little out of the way in the Time Warner building on Columbus Circle, once you get there you are in for a special evening. The view is the first thing you notice and it is grand. We began with the Tonno, Himachi, Capisante and Polipo. Each presented as a piece of art and each delectable. The portions for the Tonno and Hamachi looked small but was actually just perfect. The main courses were equally delicious - duck, pork, branzini and bass, along with shared sides of beets and asparagus. Too full for dessert, we could not bring ourselves to pass it up, so shared the Crostata de Limone and the Ciocolato. The staff from the hostess to the wine steward were low key, helpful and very pleasant. Not a thing to criticize. Enjoy!

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Thank albertasn0wbird
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