Vandal

4.5
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$31 to $50
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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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Daily 5:00PM - 7:15PM

What 2741 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Bad service, it took a lot to give us the drinks, food and the check

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The margarita pizza was flavorless- an appetizer described by the service as a citrus flavor and not spicy was loaded with pepper and hot spice.

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Restaurant week menu, fantastic! really a lot of food for the money. Our server very profetional and nice. Gret evening,

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so amazing and unique! I will definitely be back!

SK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very trendy and great ambiance. Would definitely go back

HF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food, My absolute favorite was the pizza, Carne Asada and Salmon.

Drinks were good different but good.

Ambiance was fun and elegant.

Must go to place in NYC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious. Cocktails were great. The place itself is nice, but they definitely need more staff. We were there during the prime time dinner hours. 7:15-9:15 pm. We had to wait long enough for the waiter to come. He brought us desert menu at 8:52 and came back at 9:15. By that time we already didn’t want desert because the wait time ruined the dinner flow. We just asked for a check and left.

MJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST RESTAURANT IVE BEEN TO! The staff were so nice and the food was amazing! The different forms of art were beautiful, the music was great. The Mac and cheese and burger and fries were a hit. This will forever be my number one place to go, I recommended all my colleagues, friends and family to visit! Thank you Vandal for making my birthday the best yet !

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Fun place

PS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!! Awesome food !!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went to Vandal for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. We don't typically go to upscale restaurants, so this was a unique experience for us, and we were not disappointed. We arrived at 5:30 for a reservation at 6, and we were asked to wait until 6, which was not a problem. The restaurant was busy, but our service was reasonably fast anyway. We ordered the Crispy Bao Buns and the Cauliflower Tacos off of the "Chef's Favorites" menu, and then we ordered the Wasabi Crusted Salmon entree with a side of Vietnamese Street Fries. The portions were fairly small, and these four items were just about the right amount of food for the two of us. Everything tasted amazing. We are not food critics, but we rated everything we tried between 8 and 10 out of 10. Our favorite dish was the Crispy Bao Buns. The atmosphere was perfect for a nice date -- we loved the candle-lit tables and share-style meal presentation. All of this combined with a few great cocktails made this one of our favorite dates in a long time. Overall a great experience!

N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Didn't realize chris Santos from chopped on food network owned it. Random pic on open table and by far the best food I have eaten!!

V
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My crew and I loved Vandal. It’s a beautiful place with great music!! Food and drinks were really good. Waitress was really nice as well !! Overall we had a great experience thank you Vandal!!

MM
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Called several times multiple days about a lost item and no one called me back.........That was upsetting

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Odd space. Great food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty food, creative cocktails and a trendy atmosphere! Definitely a place to add to your list.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance , service, and food was all great . Definitely a place I would go back to again.

GY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and ambiance were great! Fun times were had. The staff were very accommodating and friendly.

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for my birthday! Many of their “small plates” were actually quite sizable so we at well! Great music too.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Great ambiance and vibe, but don’t go on a Saturday the service lacked due to the crowd I guess. I had to keep flagging down my waiter. He never came to us on his own to check in on us. The night club was a nightmare. I thought that guest that had dinner would get into the club before regular guests. We waited a hour and 10 mins before ultimately leaving to get into the night club.

OF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was ok ... ambiance etc was awesome 😎 music was very diverse and expansive enough for any crowd
Praying hard to find but just plan ahead and you be fine

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went out for a Saturday night to celebrate something small. We were greeted by the staff who were very sweet and led us to our table. The ambiance was very cool and had a great vibe. They played great songs and definitely was a huge plus for us. Our server was very informative and gave us great suggestions in regards to the food since it was our first time there. The food was so delicious, and shareable between the 7 of us. Everything was flavorful and we were pretty satisfied. We will definitely be coming back for more!

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a couple more people on our reservation and they accommodated us with the note of having to give up our table within 2 hours. We didn’t feel rushed at all and the food was amazing! Definitely not just “trendy” nyc food like beauty & Essex this food was prepared with thought and care.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Party atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was attentive, the food was delicious and our overall experience was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best the very best all in all come

NN
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food and good music!!! The restaurant is so beautiful and a different room (great for takin pic/selfie) inside!!! Definitely will be back again!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Kasandra was a star!!!!! She made the evening!!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to celebrate my 30th birthday here and it was the best decision I could’ve made! The food and cocktails were phenomenal, all the staff - from the coat check to the waiter and everyone in between - were so nice and helpful. To top it all off.. there’s even a club downstairs and I highly recommend going there after dinner, it won’t disappoint.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very good the food was good

NL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The overall spiciness of the dishes overwhelms the true taste of the foods. Possibly isolate the spice to the side or to a dip more. The 12oz steak filet was ok.
Ambiance was exceptional.
Service was exceptional.

NS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! All of the apps and entrees are meant to be shared. We didn’t know this going in so were pleasantly surprised with this set up. There were 5 of us and we were able to try so many dishes. Everything was delicious! ... we went to the club downstairs afterwards and had a blast there too! Great music and awesome crowd. Lots of fun!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very cool vibe! Food was excellent

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday get together. As we visit the city often we have loved NYC many years. Unfortunately many restaurants have become average and ultimately out of business. Vandals represents the best of a dining experience. The expectation was matched by delivering quality.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and fun ambiance. Anything Chef Chris Santos does is perfection.

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was pretty tasty. We had to ask them to slow down how quickly they brought the dishes. It felt very rushed. The service overall was ok. Our waiter was nice; however, the guy bussing the table was not particularly friendly. He didn't seem to want to be there. It was a nice experience but I probably won't go back.

TP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of three on a Saturday night with early reservation. The food was outstanding, the service excellent and the atmosphere was interesting and fun. Our table was perfect for the celebration with plenty of room and comfort for conservation. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special event or just for an evening out.

JW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really aesthetically pleasing restaurant. Food was delicious. Lots of shared plate style dining though can also order solo dish etc. great ambiance, service and food/drinks.

D
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food and drinks were amazing. We stayed for a long time and nobody rushed us. Our server was AMAZING. had great recommendations and was super friendly.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location and stunning service, happy to come back in summer

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