Choose Between Two Options
- $79 for a cooking-class package for one ($150 value)
- $149 for a cooking-class package for two ($300 value)
The cooking class teaches participants how to prepare a three-course Italian meal. Students also receive a glass of Prosecco or a mimosa, and an apron that’s been personalized with their name. Afterwards, a group meal allows everyone to eat the fruits of their labor.
"Vai" is Italian for "go", which is an apt name for a restaurant that's always moving forward. Though he keeps a Mediterranean influence is constant, Chef Vincent Chirico is consistently reinventing his menu. His ambition might stem from time spent following famous footsteps: he sharpened his skills in New York, Europe, and Asia, learning from world-class chefs Daniel Bouloud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
But at Vai, Vincent is building his own reputation as a creator of exquisite, elegant meals. Market-driven specials spotlight the season's sweet notes—first-pick heirloom tomatoes with watermelon and goat cheese—as well as the savory ones—milk-fed veal chop with fingerling potatoes. Otherwise, meals center around a protein, pasta, or vegetable. The whole-roasted Mediterranean branzino, for instance, is dressed simply with lemon and brown butter, accouterments that serve to highlight the fish's flavor instead of upstaging it. The beautifully plated dishes stand out against the understated decor, which features candles suspended in glass globes, brick walls, and whatever shadow puppetry guests happen to be performing at the time.