Was in NYC on business, took a client here as it was close. I ordered the house special Risotto of the day, (ala funghi) - a simple staple from Northern Italy, when done right, glorious. A good risotto dish is creamy with the risotto itself a texture similar to pasta. This dish was a pile of undercooked risotto, (some frankly still hard in the middle), surrounded by a moat of unabsorbed stock. The plate had clearly been microwaved judging by the feel and heat retained in it. The cherry on top - the parmasian sprinkled on it was mainly salty with little true flavor - it had the texture of Kraft's finest, almost like little ingots of sea salt. I did give it 2 stars based on the flavor - actually seasoned nicely as well as the italian mushrooms used appeared fresh and were flavorful.
To me, this restaurant was more about the vibe that the quality of the food. People who went there were known by the manager by name and there was some celebrity type table next to me being gushed over. It is a place to be seen and served more so than for an excellent meal, and I guess in NYC, there is some value to this. For me, I dine out to have something special, better than I can do myself....and for Italian food, in NYC, you have to be better than Bice is. I will definitely not revisit.