Vandal

4.6
2504 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located on Bowery, a street that dates back to the 17th century, Vandal is the latest restaurant/nightclub by the TAO Group and Chef Chris Santos. Vandal celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global culture from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona and beyond, as well as the history and culture of the restaurant’s Lower East Side location. The two-level space includes a bar/lounge, restaurant, garden outdoor dining area, private dining room, and cellar nightclub.
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What 2504 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, cool atmosphere, and delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiancé here for his birthday. I loved the service, everyone was so friendly. The hose invites us back for music on a Thursday night. The waiter was very friendly and helpful when it came to choosing food from the menu. They even had vegan options. The music and lighting was amazing. The decor was so artsy and very New York, great for photo ops. I would definitely recommend and I will definitely be back!

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing friends reunion and great food n service

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got an email for %20 off because we had not been there in a while.
We ordered the chicken parm, both soup dumpling, bao buns, and the sliders.
All were amazing.
The server was incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable about food allergies.
The drinks were strong and tasty.
We would definitely go back.
Send more coupons! 😍🍸🍸🍔🥟

AE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

flavors are exotic, pork arepas are great, kobe burger has good meat but the cheese ruins it. surprised not to see Ovando's flowers anymore. service was good.

JS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and I had a great experience for my birthday. My friends also enjoyed the place. We will definitely come back again!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service but very loud.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vandal is the ultimate NYC hot spot. We love Kevin!

SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The spray paint artwork on the wall was breath taking and wonderful to look at as I dined. The waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was amazing! I had the tortilla soup dumplings, and absolute must, and the fish tacos. The one down side was dessert. I got a scoop of the coconut sherbet and a scoop of the orange sherbet. I found both were more ice chip than anything else. Aside from that though it was a great experience and I will definitely be back again.

D
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night! We were greeted with enthusiasm, seated quickly and approached by our server almost immediately The food came in a continuous stream and was outstanding.

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible! Took 25 mins to get our cocktail order. The waitress was not apologetic, she didn’t even acknowledge the slow service. I was excited to go back to Vandal again but I don’t think I’ll ever be back.

MM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The food was very tasty and the waiter was very attentive and sweet: she give us very helpful recommendations about the menu and the drinks.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Vandal was great. Very cool vibe and a great place for anything from a date to friends get together to sisters vacay dining choice (our special occasion). The only issue I had was with the service... it was WAY TOO FAST!!! Our drink had barely been delivered when our food was. It kind of ruined the overall experience.
This place is meant to be enjoyed and thoroughly observed but when you’re being treated a bit like cattle and rushed in and out it or like a quick-stop lunch place... needless to say “kills the vibe”
I recommend delaying putting your food order in until you’re ready to actually eat and you should have a great night!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a bit intimidated by the “edgy” decor but blown away by both the service and food. Innovative, exciting and awaiting our next trip into town.

LG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I’ve been here numerous times. Food and service usually on point. Last few times not so much the case. Dined on a Thursday evening for a low key celebration. Restaurant was half empty yet service was beyond poor. Had to get up multiple times to inquire as to the whereabouts of our drinks food and waiter. The onion soup dumplings came out cold and when you grabbed one the entire mold of cheese came out in a clump. Things happen. Most disturbing the management I spoke with didn’t seem to care. Not sure I’d go back.

z
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

It's a scene! Staff graciously accommodated our late arrival. Good is so so. Good deals on drinks and snacks during Happy Hour.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!!!! This was my second time there can't wait to go again

VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and music was great!

Perfect night

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife wanted to go somewhere for restaurant week. Vandal is a resturant where the decor are all instillations by known street artists. And the food follows in the same vain of transforming something artfully in a way that may be construed as disrespectful.
Like encrusting perfectly cooked salmon with wasabi peas you’d buy at a shady produce store;
Pairing steak tar tar with a NYC soft pretzel;
Pounding your chicken parm flat and then cutting it like a pizza, or giving you ice pops as desert with an adult twist (there is booze in them). Atmosphere, service and food were great. Monica and I thoroughly enjoyed. And I got a bourbon cocktail. So all happyness. (Monica loves that the boozy pops incorporated Basel. Would recommend.

LG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Vandal before and have had an amazing experience both times. I brought my husband here for our 3 year anniversary and everything was amazing. The food, the ambiance and the beautiful decor was perfect.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my new book

TP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in NJ and try to make it to this place as often as I can. Every single time I go they never disappoint. The service is always top notch and the food is next level.

JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a fun place for a great meal with the whole family! Excellent food and service.

SG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Amazing food, aweful service this time... Too bad because I’ve always loved this place, but last diner was a catastrophe in terms of service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Not what I thought it would be. The waiter talk to much unnecessary comversation . He tired explaing the menu but was rambling. The food was okay not great. Drinks were on point.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were amazing! Very nice decor. Quick service.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!! This was the experience we were looking for celebrating my daughter’s 18th birthday. Everything was perfect!

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! The small plates/shareables are an okay value. If you are hungry, get the chicken parmesan, massive portion size fit for 2-3 people easily. Cocktails are delicious!

7pm on a Saturday was pretty dead inside. If you're looking for a livelier atmosphere, I recommend booking ~8pm or later.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant. Impressed my date and blew me away.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Waitress was knowledgeable about the drink and food menu. Food was deliciously prepared thoughtfully presented. Ambiance was hip. Vibe was energetic. Amazing find in downtown NYC!

i
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time dining there and it was refreshingly innovative, stylish, chic, lively and upbeat - great music. too! Excellent for celebrations and special occasions! Order a bunch of the starters - you won't be sorry and will have room for dessert too - the s'mores dessert was yum! Hat's off to Vandal for a truly unique dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time in a beautiful space with excellent food. Took my not so little bro here for his 30th

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For being such a trendy place, I was expecting beauty with no substance. I was wrong. The vibe, the art, the food, and service far exceeded my expectations.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the place being a bit loud (something they can’t control, it’s the guest), the ambiance, music, food and drinks were spectacular. I love restaurants and I eat out quite often. Vandal blew me away when I my husband actually finished his plate. We order the skirt steak, hanger steak and the scallops. For drinks we had and. Demeanor No. 4 and Off the Wall. For desert we had the strawberry shortcake with ice cream and the boozy pops. The food was very well seasoned and the drinks were well made. And we even had the pleasure of hearing a man play the violin, I’m not sure that they have him there every night but he was such a great addition to our evening. Will definitely return.

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vandal has always been a great stop for us, the food is incredible, and the people are just as great. This past visit, there was a minor kitchen mistake and it was taken care of immediately and made right. Kevin handled it quickly and our night was made even better for it, see you all again soon!

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am updated a review I previously made. I was unhappy with my first visit to Vandal because of the sub-par service. However, Mike, the manager, invited us back in and went above and beyond. Because of this awesome hospitality I would recommend Vandal.

DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and ambiance. The decor is amazing; at once fun and classic. Staff was wonderful; warm and friendly. Food was "to die for." I am definately going back to this place often.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This place is great if you are going with a bunch of friends, who are celebrating a birthday or any other celebrations. We were seated between two tables of 8 or 9 teenager who were bickering about their boyfriends. It didn't make it for a good experience. They kept getting up hitting my chair. The concept is great food was ok. Some items better than others. The service stood out, she was thorough, clear, and there when ever we needed her. She was amazing.

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