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A Voce First Timer - Recs?

Ralphus Jan 11, 2008 05:00 AM

I am eating there for the first time this evening and was hoping for some recs. Seems like the duck meatballs are a definite. Anything else?

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    DavidB Jan 11, 2008 12:12 PM

    I was there about 2 weeks. They did not have the duck meatballs when I was around, so hopefully they will be there when you have dinner.

    I thought the tripe dish with a poached egg and the duckling stood out.

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      Renguin Jan 11, 2008 10:43 AM

      i actually wasn't in love with the menu last time i went since it changes seasonally. thte pastas are almost always good though. and a note for the bomboloni: one order is pretty much enough for 2 or 3 people at least. they give you four big cream filled doughnuts to drizzle with chocolate sauce. it's really too much to finish off on your own.

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        Ralphus Jan 11, 2008 11:52 AM

        Thanks for all the recs folks. I'll report back if it turns out to be extraordinarily good or bad.

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          MMRuth Jan 11, 2008 11:54 AM

          Or even if it's mediocre? Love to hear all reports! I've heard mixed things off the board about them, and haven't tried it yet.

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            FattyDumplin Jan 11, 2008 12:11 PM

            i also enjoy the raviolis.

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              artfuldestruct Jan 11, 2008 12:19 PM

              i've been 4 times in the last 2 years and have always had a great meal. the only negative i can say about the place is the weird swivel chairs at every table.

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          ksmall Jan 11, 2008 09:15 AM

          I went to A Voce about 3 weeks ago and was disappointed that they didn't have the duck meatballs on the menu. Perhaps they just didn't have them that night or it's a rotated dish on the menu, although it seems like that's the dish everyone raves about so I was surprised to find it not on the menu.

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            thegreekone Jan 11, 2008 10:20 AM

            Did you ask? Everyone was so accomodating during our last visit.

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              Renguin Jan 11, 2008 10:38 AM

              are you sure, I just went there 2 weeks ago and they had them. i think they never take them off the menu as a signature dish. they print out new menus every day, so i guess its entirely possible that they had some sort of shortage that particular day. i can almost guarantee if you go back they'll have them.

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              sugartoof Jan 11, 2008 08:10 AM

              My suggestion would be a little different, in that I would specifically suggest to avoid the Gnocci with lamb. One of the worst pasta dishes I've ever had in New York. The lamb (when I ate there last January) was too close to the meat product in a Chef Boyardee can for my taste.

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                ESNY Jan 11, 2008 08:01 AM

                Steak tartare and the gnocci with lamb ragu.

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                  kobetobiko Jan 11, 2008 07:57 AM

                  Hi Ralphus,

                  I second the ricotta appetizer and the duck meatballs! Other dishes I like are:
                  Duck Agnolotti
                  Roasted Beet Salad
                  Sweek Corn Ravioli (not sure if it was seasonal for summer)
                  Bomboloni (donut-like dessert)

                  I know a lot of people complaint about the noise there. While it is not a problem for me, I do want you to have the expectation that the restaurant might get loud when crowded. My recommendation: Just concentrate on the great food and ignore the rest!

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                    mr_seabass Jan 11, 2008 05:36 AM

                    The sheep's milk ricotta with toasted bread appetizer is not to be missed!

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                      artfuldestruct Jan 11, 2008 10:23 AM

                      i second that. so simple yet one of the best things ever! definitely try the bomboloni for dessert!

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