While searching for a good restaurant in the midtown area, a friend of mine came across Vitae on Yelp. Since it had positive reviews and the menu looked great, we decided to check it out. So glad that we did! I had just come from my first dinner of night (Sushi of Gari) and was planning on eating light. That went right out the window after the bread came out: Parker House Rolls glazed with duck fat and sprinkled with sea salt. They were fluffy and warm — simply to die for! I tried to order conservatively by choosing two appetizers instead of my normal four or five dishes.  The appetizers, Veal Ricotta Sliders and Crispy Pork Belly, ended up being practically the size of entrees! The veal sliders were insanely moist and flavorful (I’m a sucker for veal). The pork belly was complemented beautifully by the watermelon and had a nice ratio of meat to fat (I like my pork belly on the fatty side). I also sampled some of the entrees that my dining companions ordered, including the arctic char in coconut & lemongrass broth (loved it) and the buffalo with Honshimeji mushrooms.  The buffalo blew my mind — it was incredibly tender and had such an intense meaty/earthy flavor. I’m definitely ordering it next time I’m here! For dessert, we enjoyed a blackberry milk cake with pistachio and tarragon (unique and creative) as well as an assortment of tasty sorbets and ice cream. At the end of our meal, we were thrilled when Chef Edwin Bellanco came over to our table! He’s such a nice guy and an incredibly talented chef. I am very much looking forward to returning to Vitae to try the rest of the menu!

Vitae: 4 East 46th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Madison)


Parker House Rolls with duck fat and sea salt


Amuse Bouche: Prosciutto with honey dew foam and mint oil


Veal Ricotta Sliders (Veal Ricotta Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Parker House Roll)


Crispy Pork Belly, Pickled Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, Pork Ginger Glaze


Bourbon Brownie ice cream, Watermelon Mezcal sorbet, Lavender Blueberry sorbet


Blackberry Milk Cake, Pistachio, Tarragon, Rose, Ruby Port


Bar and front dining room


The main dining room