Is Veritas THAT bad?
I gave a LONG review of my winterlicious meal there, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594269 . There is another reply with non-winterlicious review in that thread.
The short version:
Nothing horrid, nothing excellent, some sizable flaws (wilted lettuces, bad desert), mostly boring and forgettable.
I do not usually eat out for food I can easily cook myself. That basically sums up the menu, so I have no real desire to return. That said, I wouldn't object if someone else was heading there anyways and I'd happily use a gift certificate.
In the realm of "not avant-garde, not ethnic, not specialty" restaurants Veritas was as better than many.
Well even if it is not that great, the psoitive thing is you have a gc so you don't have to pay for a bad or mediocre dining experience!
You could use your gc for an expensive wine ( or champagne to celebrate) and some appetizers then go somewhere else to eat dinner nearby. Or go back for icewine and dessert/cheese? Just an idea.