about the staff


Chef Nick joined Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar in 2010 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He quickly rose to the position of executive chef and was invited to cook at the James Beard House. While at Jack’s, he created a recipe for cocktail bar PDT that was featured in the Food & Wine 2012 Cocktail Book. Nick became executive chef at Degustation Wine and Tasting Bar in 2013, which was featured in the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide guide that year and consistently earned top Zagat scores each year under his leadership.

nick licata

executive chef



james shields

general manager





/ˌvil  ˈnel/


  1. a form of Italian part-song originating in Naples in the 16th century, in rustic style with a vigorous rhythm, often sung by country troupes for the city’s nobility



In the spirit of this folk tradition, Chef Nick Licata and his team bring the bounty of the countryside to the city. Join us at our Greenwich Village neighborhood spot for artisanal New American cooking, a thoughtfully curated wine list and imaginative cocktails using the highest quality seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients in a lively, welcoming atmosphere.



marc howard

sous chef



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