A while back we showed you renderings of chef Edwin Bellanco's midtown restaurant, and now the place, Vitae, has debuted. Bellanco's time working for Tom Colicchio and David Bouley has influenced his contemporary American menu: On the opening lineup, you'll find everything from foie gras with apricot to pappardelle with mushroom rag to pan-roasted cod with razor clams. Bar manager Daniel Brancusi worked for Jose Andres previously, and he's crafted a menu of seasonally changing cocktails to accompany lunch and dinner service. The space has a polished, contemporary air, with a white-and-azure color scheme. Scope it all out in our slideshow, straight ahead.
Opening Menu [PDF]
Vitae, 4 E. 46th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-682-3562