The VNYL, Vintage New York Lifestyle

3.9
49 reviews
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The VNYL, located downtown is a lifestyle space which has been designed to showcase a grouping of influences from 1970's interior design, fashion, art, music and attitude.

We have created a food and beverage program which showcases innovation and creativity. The cuisine takes inspiration from Californian styles, whilst our beverage program is designed to bring a superior standard of quality to a larger audience. Using only premium and fresh ingredients across both programs, we go to extra lengths to deliver a better quality product.
The seafood on our menu is purchased locally from fully sustainable sources. Our fruits, garnishes and the flavours in our cocktails have been prepared in-house from fresh produce daily

The interior design objective was to create a space which feels residential, while still having the functionality to be commercial. Every piece of furniture has been custom designed for The VNYL, and manufactured in Ireland.
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ZH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked this restaurant for my wedding anniversary. What a disappointment. I didn’t even make it upstairs. We told the man at the door that we had a reservation at 9.30pm for dinner. He looked completely bewildered and told us VNYL did not not open until 10pm. He then kept us waiting at the door to “find someone”. We waited 10mims. No one came. Very disorganised, very poor service. I would never recommend this place to anyone.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience - food and drinks were delicious and our server was great.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited 1 hr to be served, waited more than 30 mins to get a check. Had to go find the sever for more than 3 times. Food is ok, the whole big 4 floor venue, only have 1 server. Honestly very horrible experience

DS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a terrific time watching Game of Thrones with a lot of fans, great food, great drinks, couple of glitches with the screening but that was OK. The only negative part were a guy at the bar, and two guys in the corner, that just would not shut up. I realize that's not the fault of the establishment at all though, it's just how it goes, and I look forward to returning to VNYL soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

TERRIBLE FOOD AND SERVICE

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Just not a nice place. Pretentious but actually not. Staff was kind but disorganised. No dining space available. A bit whatever.

AH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The menu on Open table and the menus at the restaurant was completely different. Not at all what I expected. Took my husband there on a date night and was completely embarrassed. Never again

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

An employee became ill & the back up plan was poorly executed. The wait for a drink was incredibly long. Our waiter did explain & gave us a round of drinks on him due to the poor service. He was a good guy.

V
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

This is a bar seen only. The service was really slow, took us two hours to get our dinner, had to flag down our waiter multiple times, never got our desert and had to go down stairs to the bar to find our waiter to pay to leave.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good! We had a mishap with a meal and they didn't charge us for it. The waitresses were super friendly and helpful. Happy hour is 5-9 with BOGO free. There are three floors, two of which have dancefloors with DJs. Doesnt get crazy until about 10:30pm. They open at 5pm. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for the holiday cocktails, and had some small bites. Burgers were perfectly cooked and very tasty. The cocktails were festive and served in little milk jars! Super cute!! Would go back to try a sit down dinner.

r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. I had a confirmed reservation for 5:15 pm after seeing a play around the corner. I chose vinyl due to its location since I was taking my 94 year old mother and she has difficulty walking far. Due to Santa con the bouncer said reservations were not being accepted. We had to walk 2 long blocks in the frigid 30 degree weather to find a place to eat. My mother had a terrible time walking that distance. Never again 😡!

S
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server Edward P was very rude and unprofessional, the quality of service was TERRIBLE !!!!
Food was great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Looked better in pictures. Servers were uninformed. Service was okay.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This goes down as one of the worst selections for dinner I have ever made. It’s a bar for rowdy kids, not a restaurant. Service is horrible. My mistake!

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my lady here for Valentine's Day and we had a blast. We'll definitely go back for another visit!

TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We were the only people having dinner which was weird. The food was absolutely terrible but our waitress was great. Then we went upstairs to the club/lounge and the woman behind the bar with her hair and in a bun and glasses on was so rude to us when we asked for for a drink menu that we actually left. We won’t be back. I’m sure this place is a one last much longer anyways.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Nothing at this place was good! From the moment we arrived, to the water spilling and breaking a full glass of water on me, to waiting 30 min for each round of drinks, to receiving the wrong food after 55 minutes! Service was AWFUL and slow for a night that wasn’t even busy! We’d never go back or recommend it to ANYONE!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not come here for food. This is a bar pretending to be a restaurant. The food that we ordered looked like it came out of the microwave directly.

MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very "clubby" vibe.. however when my group arrived they were in the process of changing their menu so nothing that was posted online was available. It was only bar food (sliders, etc) and ZERO specialty cocktails. We ended up staying for one drink then had to go to another place for dinner since there was barely any food here.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Possibly the worst place I have ever been! Terrible service and it was not even busy.

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I went for dinner with a friend at 7:45 PM when there were only four tables occupied in the entire restaurant. We were welcomed nicely and the order was taken promptly. We ordered the steak and burger and an extra side of fries. The steak arrived about 35 minutes later. But the burger was not served with the other entrée. My friend and I decided to share the steak and when we finished we kept waiting for the burger to arrive. The burger took another 15 minutes after we had finished the first entrée. I decided to order some drinks. The drinks were served wants the burger arrived later. I got a glass that was dirty and had lipstick stains! This was really gross. For restaurant which didn't have too much traffic at the time the lack of good service really spoil the mood. The extra order of fries were never served.
The ambience was nice and the music was lively. The food was actually quite decent for a lounge. But the service was really bad by the wait staff. They should really learn how to serve the two entrées together for a party of two. I don't think I'll be going there again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Such a huge disappointment. Even with a reservation, we had to wait a half hour for our table at 9pm on a Wednesday. They had a private event on each floor, and they all were very loud and obnoxious. I understand this is more of a"club" now, so stop offering dinner reservations at that hour. Because of these private events, seating was limited. We got seated at a coffee table... yes, a coffee table. For dinner.

Sadly we ended up leaving before even having a server come up to us. I could not eat dinner sitting at a coffee table. Very disappointing.

I will say, though, the host was very friendly and we enjoyed talking to her while we waited for her table. Obviously this all wasn't her fault.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If looking for a party atmosphere, Sunday night is not the night to go.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service

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DR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

VNYL has a a great provenance behind it...but you'll need to visit for the story.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun interesting place, good food, great drinks, excellent service, beautiful decor (an ode to seventies design). Closer to a club than a restaurant but definitely fits into the clubsteraunt oeuvre.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

They do not always honor dinner reservations at the door, so not your best bet if you want to eat because the doormen are disorganized.

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice decor and ambiance. However, overpriced with lacking service.
Went to watch game w brunch. Perhaps better for a night spot.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loveeee this restaurant find! Enjoyed every bit for my Birthday celebration. 100% satisfied.

OT
Munich
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Host was nowhere to be found- waited 52 minutes at bar for our table. The music was the best part. Bartender nice and fast. Food was salty and I suppose okay at best. Service at the table was horrible. I would not go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My boyfriend and I booked this place before we went on our trip to New York. Was looking forward to spending our first valatines in NY and heard about this place so booked it. First off all the table we had was so small it's more a place to go for drinks. My boyfriend wanted the steak but didn't have the size he wanted so he ordered short rib beef. When the food came I could not believe they first of all served the short rib beef it was slopped on the plate and tasted like a bowl of salt.We could not get out of there fast enough. It ruined our valatines night as we were so looking forward to dinner. My boyfriend could not finished his food it was so bad he had to get food somewhere else. My experience was terrible, very over priced and presentation was terrible. No one cared that we weren't satisfied just said hope u have a better experience next time. As if someone goes back to a place where they were served bad food!

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was awful

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was only ok and half the menu was sold out on a Saturday evening.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and cocktails were AMAZING, but a little intense/clubby for us.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The place is very trendy and has amazing ambiance. We were seated downstairs which allows for conversation without the loud music. I liked the cocktail menu a lot. We ordered the chicken tacos (4) which were very tasty! The lobster pasta dish was entirely too spicy. It was inedible. A dish we ordered had a piece of plastic from a container accidentally embedded in the food. The waiter didn't even appear to be apologetic. Everyone else likes their dish. They didn't have to go boxes for our leftover food. I was really upset about that because the amount of food I had was quite a bit. I hardly ate the dish! We did go upstairs to the bar and dance floor. That was fun! The music was great! The decor was perfect for pictures! Overall I think this place has potential but they need to focus on the food and dining experience and quality of service.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed. We made a reservations weeks ahead and we're put in a corner that clearly isn't usually used and the service was pathetic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Booked dinner for 8pm and only had half the menu to order from and when the Waiter did take our order he came back to inform us that yet another course was no longer available. And the Waiter couldn't even get the drinks order right asked for red and got white wine. 50mins later I got an over cooked greasy steak with just a handful of fries. There are so many great places to eat in NY but this is not one of them. At one stage I spotted one of the bar staff eating a customers leftovers at the bar. Won't forget this restaurant in a hurry but for all the wrong reasons.

ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The 70's decor was great but the drinks where expensive and watered down. The food wasn't great. Service was very friendly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a great time at VNYL for my friends dinner. Love this place! It's huge and has four floors. The dj was so great when we were dining on the first floor then we went to the third floor and it had a good crowd. Although the dance floor was way too overheated later.

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