I'd prefer to keep the discussion general, but both were top 10. For the first, I asked straight up how impressed would the committee be w/ the score. For the second, I mentioned it in passing and got kind of the same response. It took me a few tries to get a high enough quant score. It was to the point where the testing center would keep my preferred table open like I was a regular at a fine restaurant. So I had a lot of practice on the verbal.
I mean having high verbal is not going to fluff your application but no one said a lower GRE verbal is going to help(No one in the top 10 MFE programs will take you seriously if you scored a 150-152(Or below) on the verbal). If you score a 158-160 on the verbal and 167-170 on the Quant then you have done all you can for standardized exams and raising your verbal most likely has diminishing effects . Likewise if you score 165 or higher then it doesn't hurt but it doesn't benefit your application either. If you were a English speaker then of course, they expect to these standards that other students have. If your scoring below a 160 I suggest you read as much articles and remember as much as words as you can. I remember I started out on the verbal with a 142-145ish? I raised it by 15 points in over a year without practicing much verbal(Pm me for resources I used).