Vandal

4.6
1939 reviews
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$50 and over
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located at 199 Bowery.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International
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Hours of operation
5pm-1am
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Phone number
(212) 400-0199
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jonathon Kavourakis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
@ Spring St.
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Parking details
There is metered street parking along the Bowery and neighboring streets. There are also parking garages nearby:
• Park on Auto Services on Mulberry St between Spring & Delancey Streets
• 395 Parking Corporation on Broome St and Baxter
• Mott Park LLC on Mott St between Prince St and W Houston
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Public transit
The J or Z train to The Bowery. Exit onto The Bowery and walk North.
The B and D train to Grand St. Walk West along Grand St and turn right at The Bowery. The restaurant will be on your right on the east side of the street.
The F train to 2nd Ave. Exit onto Houston and walk west. Make a left onto The Bowery and walk South.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking

Private Dining

Located in the heart of New York’s historic Lower East Side on The Bowery, Vandal features the work of world-renowned street artists alongside globally inspired street food from destinations as varied as Chile, Vietnam, and Barcelona.

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What 1939 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Food was amazing. The skirt steak with rice and the miso eggplant were amaazziinnnggg. Will be dreaming of the miso eggplant for days and I don’t even like eggplant! Decor is fire, very inspiring as an Interior Designer 💗

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 5

40 minutes late to accommodate our reservation.
Great food and drinks. Love the ambience.

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BN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We were seated 20 minutes late for our reservation and while the waitress was initially very accommodating about our gluten-free guest, the service left something to be desired. She was attentive at first and put in our initial food and drink orders quickly, but she rarely checked on us and when we ordered our second round of tapas and beverages, we waited about an hour before calling over a manager and turning the extremely late food away; it was after 11pm at that point and our party was no longer hungry. I will say however that the manager we spoke to was extremely apologetic and comped a round of drinks which we greatly appreciated.

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

Loved it! Great food. Amazing service. And the music was perfect!!

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DJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hip and trendy place. It's a place where the cool people go to. When I went here, there was a limo outside and 15 sexy ladies came out of the limo just to come here. Most of the guys including me were dressed up classy. Expect to spend a lot of money on food and drinks.

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TT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I celebrated my birthday here this past Saturday with friends. My waiter was patient and knowledgeable. However, everything went pretty left after that. My best friend called from out of town to surprise me with a bottle of wine, and the staff lied by saying I had already left. Thanks Vandal for ruining my 40th birthday surprise.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service we received was OUTSTANDING! Loved the music and ambience, would 100% recommend!

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience @ Vandal, enjoyed the music & loved the food. The service was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Muy buen lugar , tuvimos que esperar más de una hora porque no encontraron la reserva , aprovechamos para tomar un trago en la barra

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, music, interior, wall art and crowd.
Food was pretty good too.

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OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was awesome here! All the food was great! My favorite was the bao buns

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TM
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service excellent. Definitely go back again.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic! My husband and I are obsessed with Bao buns. The anbiance is very artsy, eclectic, modern- industrial. The place is great for a couple as well as a bigger group. The staff is super friendly

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Too loud, food took forever & one of our meals was missing. Too overpriced for what they have to offer. Would not recommend coming here.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG, I've been wanting to come here for years!!!! I had the most amazing time. Loved everything about Vandal. I will be back and certainly telling all my friends to come :)

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AH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved Vandal!! Great vibe, great artwork on the walls, cool crowd, really nice food and service too. It is pretty loud, so not great for conversation (although not impossible), but if you want lively and cool, this is it! Really nice bar/nightclub for after dinner too, although again the music is pretty loud, but you can still have a conversation (same in restaurant).

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K
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was average not a great selection Improve the menu food selection very limited options and very greasy.

Label options appetizers entree etc

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, Great Ambiance, and the food was Absolutely Delicious!!! From the Front Desk to the Last Call, it was an Amazing Experience.

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LS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We came to NYC for a girls few days and were very excited to try Vandal. Big fan of Chris Santos. What a disappointment. Our server didn’t seem to care that we were sitting there. Didn’t give us drink recommendations as we asked. We had soen dietary issues and she just walked away. We chose. Our first course came. So so. No one cleared our plates or cleaned up he table for spills. Second course came. No one came to see if we liked our meal. Saw our server just standing against a wall. Honestly didn’t care. Would never go back. Really disappointed.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and the ambiance was great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed this restaurant - we ordered plates to share and they were all delicious. Wasn’t as busy as I had read about and the noise level was good - lively but not too loud that you needed to shout.

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LW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

trendy, gorgeous people and vibe, good for special occasions and business dinners

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IT WAS LIT. Music was wild loud but it was lit. Food was bomb too.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, wonderful atmosphere at usual!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing! It was really Expensive but I would recommend. Enjoyed my nights

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, mentioned in reservation comment to bring out dessert when asked for check and they did. Service was outstanding to say the least and the food was exceptional.

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VW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place I’ve ever beeen to love the energy and food

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place
My relatives came from out of town and they were impressed.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Would have preferred more options on the menu. Also did a birthday and cupcake provided at the end tasted bitter wasn’t edible

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday. Arrived really late to my reservation due to terrible parking difficulties in the area. They didn’t make a huge deal about being late even though I had a party of 8. I really appreciated that. We all loved our food, decor, drinks and service!!!! I had a great birthday brunch. Would definitely go again!!

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GI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. I wasn't in love with the brunch menu at but then i took a good look at it and was pleasantly surprised with my food. Great drinks as well. Loved the ambiance. The pop art is very nice!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I made a reservarion for 9 got there had to wait an hour for a table.. the food is mediocre not really that much options. My friend got meatballs for 15 dollars and there were just 5 lol.. tacos were small. The pizza was the only good portioned food. The waiter was nice though but I had better food for cheap elsewhere

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday celebration/girls night out spot! The food and music were on point! Omg the Maine lobster pasta was amaaaaazing! Service was exceptional even the little hiccups were corrected immediately!
Can’t wait to go back!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!!

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NE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS OUTSTANDING FOR MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vandal exceeded my expectations. The food was delightful, the service was helpful, and the ambiance was fantastic. Will 100% go back. Try the S’Mores dessert... it was to die for.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and good food. Plates are small and are supposed to be shared. Perfect for a date, or a business dinner.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun place, been here a few times now. However this time for one reason or another the food just didn't taste as good as it normally does. The bao buns were a little over fried and the tacos were not as bright and flavorful. The skirt steak was great but the rice had too much coconut. A bit over priced for the quality of the food we received this time.

Drinks and service were done well though!

Will keep Vandal as an "safe option" for the future, but might move to a different restaurant for special occasions.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Thoroughly disappointing. We arrived early and bought drinks at the bar. The drinks were fine. More importantly, the cocktail waitresses provided, by far, the best service of the evening. We were seated at 8:30, which is relatively early there, and the restaurant was only 1/2 full. Notwithstanding, no one came to our table for more than 10 minutes. The person who finally came was not our server, but the bus / barback manager (who was great). He gave some recommendations- and sadly he was correct - tortilla soup spoons were the beat thing on the menu. It was all downhill from there. We bought an appetizer that was charred to a crisp which we had to send back. But not before the manager came to lightly interrogate as to why we didn’t like the food. We explained that we couldn’t know if we liked it because we couldn’t swallow it. He finally relented. We ended up getting pancetta encrusted scallops instead. How can you screw that dish up - especially when you’re charging $43 for the plate (which was “complemented” by overspiced orzo)?? Well, they managed to royally blow it. Of three scallops we only ate 1.5. At that point we just wanted to leave. BUT that would require a server, who we still had not seen once! After walking around to find her, it took another 7-10 minutes to bring the check. Should be free and clear now ! But no! Their credit card machines all went down so we had to wait another 10-15 mins. When they finally decided to just take an imprint the manager strongly suggested where we could write in a “22 - 25% tip for excellent service.” Mea culpa - we left 10% with a note apologizing and explaining why. That brought our grabd total to about $250 for 2 people with 2 apps and one “entree.” Never again

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing and our waiter is fantastic. Would def recommend!

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