Vamos Restaurant
Vamos Restaurant

Vamos Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vamosnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123587800
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Victor Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: DJ on Friday Night and on Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th and 21st
  • Public Transit: L train M 23 Bus
  • Parking: No
A word from Vamos Restaurant
Tacos and tequila rule at Vamos and are complemented by intriguing contemporary renditions of other Mexican staples. All presented in a colorful industrial loft with a south-of-the-border sensibility setting. The taco selection is one of the city's largest with 11 voluptuous offerings, each made to order by in the always bustling open kitchen that welcomes the mixing-and-matching of ingredients to personalize taco choices. For tequila enthusiasts there are 100 to choose from.

The large square bar that greets guests at the front of the restaurant generate congenial gatherings as do the dining room's three congenial communal tables that can seat up to 30. More intimate meals are equally well accommodated by inviting banquettes and seductive lighting.
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Vamos Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
NaN% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • Great food,good margs,so-so service
    asreview
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We went to celebrate a friends birthday, we were a large group but it took 15 minutes for a drink order to be placed, and 20 to see chips and salsa. After speaking with the hostess the service picked up. We love coming here and hope this was just a fluke.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the New Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    It had been some time since I visited Vamos because its menu was nothing new or exciting. I recently wanted to celebrate my nephews 18th birthday and, knowing that he loves Mexican food, I checked out Vamos' menu. I was delighted to find that it had changed. Our group had a wonderful time and the food was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and made sure that we had everything we needed. I live in the neighborhood and plan to dine there again. If I have one complaint, it would be that I made the reservations 2 weeks in advance and unfortunately when we arrived, our table was not ready. No apologies from Hostess, she told us we could sit there and she walked away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ehhh
    scott
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Nothing really stood out about the place. I would say it exceeds at being average. Nothing bad/nothing great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's good
    jjstarheart
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Went here for brunch with friend. The music level was a little higher than I would have like and our burritos were slightly burned but the food was good overall. This is not a place to go if you have food allergies or particular dietary restrictions since it seemed that little could be modified for any given dish. Otherwise, a cool place and would probably be a lot more fun in a large group with the $9 unlimited drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Worst Service I've Experienced
    JenJenVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I am usually pretty pleased with the service I receive in restaurants; however, I was astounded by the horrible service at Vamos. I was there for bottomless brunch, which only lasts for 90 minutes. No one greeted my table for about 15 minutes, then once the server arrived, he didn't take our order right away. Then another 5 minutes or more later, he came to take our orders. We received one margarita and then never received another one for another 45 minutes. I had to ask the busboy, the hostess, and then the server for a refill (got into an argument over it). I could've paid $15 for one margarita anywhere in the city. This was not a deal because they only give minimal margaritas in 90 minutes. The food was average at best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need to change manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Food is always run of the line Tex Mex. There were 6 of us on a Sat eve, the place was empty, they brought 5 meals and my side, and never came back. Waitress never checked. Finally asked busboy who told me someone else got my meal. Manager spent her time harangueing the staff and not once spoke to a diner, not even the guy who never got his meal. Not going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Brunch!
    kyky
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Delicious food and frozen margaritas keep on coming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Service and Lots of Children
    erikjn83
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I'll start with the good aspects: hostess was wonderful, we arrived 15 mins early but she was very welcoming and even found us a table outside, busboys were great, when our waitress was absent (most of the time) he was great about taking drink orders from us, Food was overall good, no complaints, I had steak fajitas, and we both had several margaritas. BADS - the waitress was terrible, she was very curt and rude. I asked her questions about menu recommendations and her answer was "I dunno its all good, what do you want?" Then she disappeared until she handed us our check. The other major problem - the children. I was surprised that a restaurant which seems to cater to a young professional crowd would have massive amounts of children
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All You Need
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Vamos was exactly what I was looking for in a dining experience. Quality service, really good drinks, great drinks and while it was a tiny bit pricey for my budget ( maybe im just a naive bostonian still) it's definitely a great spot for a once a month food and drink night with friends. I'd recommend this place any day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was atrocious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    The service was atrocious & the servers were rude and speaking of the customers (us & others) in Spanish. Good thing I was in AP Spanish for 4 years & called the waiter out. I don't recommend it to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vamos is good but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    When it gets busy there the service drops significantly. Our waitress was overwhelmed, we paid for the unlimited drink brunch and she came only once to refill. In addition she forgot one of our orders, but by that time we just wanted to go. Food is really good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Fun Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Everything was fantastic however the service was extremely slow - - I am not sure if it was just the night but they kept forgetting to bring us food / drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Food was delicious. Service was great. The DJ (yes a DJ) was amazing. Free shots with the bill? Yes please. Definitely will be coming back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had some really good guacamole.
    Das1987VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Had some really good guacamole. The rest was sort of standard tex mex, but you can order the lunch sized portion for dinner, which was nice if you aren't starving and want a less expensive option. Nice staff too. Would be good for a casual dinner with a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meh, food and drinks are not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    meh, food and drinks are not so great. the guacamole is fresh and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • big party of 12 people. waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    big party of 12 people. waitress was friendly and very attentive, took awhile to order but thats expected with 12 people. We stayed over the hour and a half limited and our margs were refilled WAY before they even were close to the bottom of our cups. Lots of fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a group of 10 people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    We had a group of 10 people for dinner on a Friday night. They sat us right away and our waitress was great. Delicious margaritas, and if you check-in on Yelp you get a free shot, which of course we all did. The food was great and the vibe of the place was really fun, and as the night went on the music and scene was a good time. Definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unlimited brunch margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Unlimited brunch margaritas with any entree for $7 keeps us going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good--margarita's
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Food was good--margarita's were event better. The brunch deal with the $7 all you can drink margarita's for 90 minutes is a good deal. Portion size was average. Ambiance is a bit rustic (i.e., long tables--very cafeteria style).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still my favorite local taco/tequil
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Still my favorite local taco/tequila place. Chips and fresh guacamole are great although the portion is small. I recently brought a friend here on a Friday night. It looks as if Vamos is starting new nightly promotions - tacos and salsa dancing/ladies' night/late night happy hour. I usually love the salsa music that plays during dining, but this time they switched over to a DJ playing current hits. I didn't mind it as the mix was good and the place was still packed with people. The food isn't the absolute best in the city, but it's still great and the ambiance is amazing. This place is a lot of fun. I suggest the Vamos Salad with shrimp.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the steak, margarita,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    I had the steak, margarita, and guac - all were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    This was my second visit to Vamos and I enjoyed it just like the first time. I was my boyfriend who had the bacon and cheddar omelet which he loved and I ordered the chicken sandwich. Frozen margaritas aren't my favorite but for $7 unlimited, how could you pass it up. I would def go back to try something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experienced was Great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    The experienced was Great. They still accomodate 2 people that come very late cuz of traffic.Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitress wasn't great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The waitress wasn't great but I'd been there before and was returning for the food, not the service. Not all the staff was bad though - the bartendar was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I can't remember the last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    I can't remember the last time the service in a restaurant was so bad. Both the hostess and waitress acted as if they could not care less even though they weren't very busy. The waitress would disappear for long periods of time and then walk right by us as if we didn't exist. Avoid this place!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great dinner here,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    We had a great dinner here, but were a little put off by the fact that they sat us at a table literally in the middle of the room right between the kitchen and the bar. People were constantly walking by and it seemed like we were in the way. Also notable that they only have pitchers of frozen margaritas. Would highly recommend the cilantro margarita!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this Gramercy/East 20's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Love this Gramercy/East 20's mexican tequila gem. Very neighborhood feel, but cool vibe. The food is yum yum yum. Prices have gone up recently.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • By NYC standards the Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    By NYC standards the Mexican food is a 4, by California standards the food is a 1, not enough fresh ingredients. Servers are very nice, drinks are good, great view of Stuy Town. What is up with East Coast people and mayonnaise on everything??
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service and we went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/28/2012
    Horrible service and we went there because of specials they had advertised on their web site only to find out that they weren't honoring them as they said they were old. I was expecting them to give us the special after us telling them that was the reason we chose this restaurant and they did not. Then we continued to have horrible service through the whole meal. It took over 30 minutes to get our bill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Always a great meal and great drinks. Can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guacamole was great - tacos
    BigDaddyfanVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2012
    Guacamole was great - tacos marginal. Service was awful and since we were only one of maybe three tables, a bit unforgivable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vamos a no-go Restaurant
    aggie
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    vamos a no-go Restaurant is in our neighborhood so it is convenient but certainly nothing to go out of your way for. The food was a little tired-tasting as in the stewed pork with pineapple which tasted like a three-day leftover and needed a few squirts of lime juice to give it some life. Also lacking in quality (cottony-pink tomatoes in the guacamole, grisly skirt steak)Seems like someone doesnt care anymore in the kitchen. Drinks were zippy. Service was pleasant and prompt. Place is dark and noisy and not particularly festive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than Taco Bell
    BonnemamanVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    There were 14 of us and service was slow, but not unexpectedly so for a large group. We were early, so very few people there. Food was okay, drinks were good. Better than Taco Bell.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The noise level makes conversation
    JMNYCVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    The noise level makes conversation challenging, but the food and service made up for it. Will go there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fantastic. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    The food was fantastic. The waiter was very friendly and very helpful. We had a minor incident with a glass falling, the wait staff noticed it immediately and it was cleaned within two minutes. This place was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for large groups too :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    I had my 27th birthday party and it was completely flawless--I had made reservations for 15 and they accommodated us so easily. 17 people showed and they had no problem with it. The staff was superb--sooooooo nice! The food (I had tacos) was delish (and I'm a real Mexican)--and the margaritas--oh my! :) I couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are better Mexican places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    There are better Mexican places out there but I hear the brunch is a great deal
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Verso Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    Here is my detailed review of Verson. http://matteatsnyc.blogspot.com/2011/11/verso-lower-east-side.html Please feel free to leave your comments and/or read my other postings. If you enjoy my blog you can follow me on twitter @MattEatsNYC for updates as I continue to eat my way through NYC. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great and our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The food was great and our waiter was great. However, the restaurant made an error and didn't write down the open table reservation in their book. We had 6/12 people there but they made us wait for an hour till the whole party arrived. This clause should be mentioned in the confirmation e-mail
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The vegetarian tacos were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    The vegetarian tacos were basically vegetables thrown into a taco, no real flavor or cheese. The fish tacos were not outstanding, but the were good. The rice and beans and corn that come with the meal had great flavor. I didn't drink, but heard good things about the white sangria.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic