Vitae [lunch]

It’s my birthday (yay!) and I’m excited to start the celebrations off with lunch at Vitae. Accompanied by my foodie bestie and partner in crime, SaraDISH, we kicked off our meal with a couple glasses of birthday bubbly. Day drinking is so much fun! :)  We were both starving so we chowed down on those amazing parker house rolls glazed in duck fat & sea salt and delightful amuse bouches, along with the veal ricotta sliders (my fave), pizzetta with caramelized onions, arugula, bacon, roasted tomatoes & gruyere, and skate with blood orange, baby fennel & citrus vinaigrette. Everything was delicious! For dessert, Chef Edwin Bellanco surprised me with two beautiful desserts: mascarpone cheesecake with candied kumquats, vanilla bean & sage and dark chocolate mousse with blood orange & hazelnuts. The mascarpone in the cheesecake made it so light and airy — I’m not a cheesecake fan, but this one was pretty amazing. A huge thank you to Chef Bellanco and the team at Vitae for a wonderful birthday lunch and yummy desserts! Now it’s time to head home, take a long nap, and get ready for tonight’s dinner at Osteria Morini. 😉

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

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Birthday bubbly!

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Warm Parker House Rolls glazed with duck fat and sea salt 

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Amuse bouches: Pulled Pork Taco, Tempura Prawn, Burrata Crostini

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Veal Ricotta Sliders 

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Super tender and juicy!

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Skate with blood orange, baby fennel, and citrus vinaigrette 

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Pizzetta with caramelized onions, arugula, bacon, roasted tomatoes, and gruyere

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Mascarpone cheesecake with candied kumquats, vanilla bean, and sage

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Dark chocolate mousse with blood orange and hazelnut

Vitae [lunch]