Vandal

4.6
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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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SK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

After being seated we waited a good 15-20 minutes before anyone came to take our food order.
We had to call a server to get a drink of water! Turns out that they had run out of several food items on the menu, so we had to settle for alternatives, which kind of defeated the purpose !
The restaurant is super noisy and the service is sub par !
We will not be back !

SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I would visit for drinks only too crowded my food was cold. Drinks were great. Vibe was great but the restaurant side was not up to par in my opinion.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time here and we were not disappointment. The sirloin was amazing and huge. Scallops were cooked perfectly. The place is really cool looking and trendy. We will be back.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

amazing food and knowledgeable staff, they knew what was in every dish.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vandal crushes it! The hospitality was above and beyond, everyone on staff was incredibly welcoming. The food was excellent, and they had a vegan menu which was a nice surprise. The manager, Mike, came by to see that everything was running smoothly and gave us a warm welcome. Our server Michelle had some fantastic recommendations and guided us through the menu from start to finish. Thanks Vandal!

TH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening! Everyone went out of their way to make the experience, and my son's birthday a very special occasion.

I would recommend Vandal to anyone/everyone!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in Manhattan

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Steak and meatballs were outrageous l!
I was there for a Birthday and they brought a complimentary giant cupcake with candle.

DA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great. The music could’ve been a bit more 2000s and after music. My friend had a wonderful night out on her first visit to Seattle 😀

C
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very delicious but some plates were more shareable than others - wish there was more clarification on this.

The lighting was also darker than expected but I will say that the music was exceptional.

We had to ask the waiter multiple times to bring water/receipt.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was sensational,food was amazing, def 100% recommend anyone to come here,the place was amazing hence all of the amazing and creative art pieces

MT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. One of the City’s coolest venues. Food was mediocre at best. Service was sub par. No excuse for okay food. Disappointed that they had the audacity to charge for cell phone charging.

Would go back for drinks. Food is better elsewhere. The fact they were charging $3 for a cell phone charge is off given the costs of the meal. It was very off putting.

MS
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience. The tomato soup dumplings, the tacos (Cauliflower and Fish were great as well as many other tapas, also love their crispy eggplant a must have! The vibe is energetic and fun. Treat yourself to this lively yummy place.

VB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Waitress help us pick all our dishes and each one was as described - taste and portions. Thank you!

AR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Tortilla soup dumplings were AMAZING. Fish tacos were OK, Max & cheese was tasty. Scallops cooked perfectly, but didn’t enjoy the butternut squash risotto - was al dente and not creamy at all. Fries were OK. 4star service because we had 2 servers at one point without any notice. Next time would like to try desserts they sounded amazing, but had espresso martinis instead.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we love eating here. The new menu is so unique and tasty. We’re definitely going to come soon

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice vibe, service was impeccable. Waiter made great suggestions. Food was fabulous! Go early ... gets very loud later.
Will be back!

AG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to New York for my birthday it was good food and service they even gave me a cupcake nice place

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing! The ambiance was great! They were able to accommodate us even being a half hour late due to city traffic we didn’t expect.
Only complaint we had was that we were celebrating a birthday. It was written on the reservation, and it was discussed at the hostess stand on the way in. Needless to say, we never got the cupcake (that several other tables received) until they brought the check and the birthday girl asked. Otherwise, awesome experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was fine, came out a bit quick. We tried to course out the food but that message didn’t make it to the kitchen. Food was fine

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for large groups. Took a bunch of teens and they loved it. Shareable plates. Good food. Fun vibe.

SP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my son to Vandal for a post museum day treat and as always, it didn’t disappoint!

SA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Max & Cheese (a side dish) made us all feel sick. The bao bins aren’t actual sticky bao buns - but toasted hamburger bun instead (however the brisket inside was great!) Tacos, arepas, and taquitos were very good. Overall, it’s a trendy spot and you’re paying for the scene, not the food.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! We had a great time at Vandal with a very big group. The place is friendly, trendy and fun.

G
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time with my date and we were very satisfied with the food :). I recommend this place to everybody!!

JA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Cool place, food was not great. We probably won't be back any time soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner and it was fantastic. The complimentary desert treat at the end was an excellent gift from the staff as well.

AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I posted pics all over my social media talking about how amazing it was!! The only thing is they overworked the meatballs too much and they were meatloaf, but our server did try to talk us out of ordering them! :)

EN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were seated 30 min late and the hostesses were very rude and pushy. Food was good, drinks were very strong. Was very loud and hard to hear across the table.

PF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Our service was good, the space is dope and the drinks were great. The menu needs improvement. The menu includes ceviche and Chicken Parmesan. It doesn’t make sense, which caused us to lose our appetites. It was hard for us to manage your tastebuds and ascertain what we like/wanted to eat, when the menu options are all over the place. We did the first two courses and bounced. It’s a great concept and space, but I wouldn’t go for the food. We asked a floor manager about the restaurant’s concept. He said, graffiti is street art and the menu is global street food. Hmmmm. Ok. That sounded good, but we couldn’t reconcile that with the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very convenient location, perfect level of noise, perfect for dinner with friends

E
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food but not sure if it was worth the expensive price tag.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party and I had an EXCELLENT time at Vandal! Beautiful atmosphere and ambiance!!Wverything we ordered was delicious! We will definitely be spreading the word and recommending it to our large network of friends!

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The burger was excellent for the price. Everything else was a small portion. I would definitely say people go for the “vibe”.
We went on a Friday night so the waiter was very busy. I know he did his best to be attentive but we definitely had to flag him down once or twice. Overall, if you’re going for the “vibe” this place is great but not if you are going for the food.

A
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waitress was so amazing I didn’t get to remember her name but she was awesome, I would go back because of her

BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place like all in the TAO Group never fails--the ambiance is incredible and the menu diverse and fun and tasty. The staff is top-notch and the drinks exquisite. Everything about this fun place is perfect, the lighting, the music, the food, the staff. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends out to celebrate a work accomplishment and we finished off every plate! The dishes are phenomenal, my top would be the tuna tartare pretzel ( even though I prefer the previous presentation of the dish) and the eggplant.

I tried the sea bass last night too and was not disappointed !

The ambiance is great and a DJ comes on later in the night ! Great friends or date night spot!

JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great new spot from Tao Group. Food and drinks were really good. Service was good as well. Loved the decor.

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