Vanillamore

4.7
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$30 and under
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‘Vanillamore®’ was inspired by chef Risa’s passion for vanilla and the way that it can be used to enhance other flavors in desserts, just as salt is used in savory food.

Vanillamore’s fresh take on a night out seeks to be at the intersection of elevated but casual – meeting all the needs of guests looking to find a friendly neighborhood place that allows them to explore desserts that evoke memories from their childhood (SWEET), share small plates and experience a range of flavors, textures, colors (SAVORY), and read through conversation starter cards that lead to storytelling and connection. Chef Risa prides herself on creating a restaurant where foodies, families, friends and the local community can experience exceptional service, an open kitchen, and a virtual art gallery in an immersive, approachable way (SOCIAL).
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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place and it's BYOB.

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and some of the best service I’ve had in a while. Brian, our server, was amazing.

LW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is SO GOOD! And they were very accommodating with my rambunctious 5 year-old.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very interesting brunch. The menu is eclectic, great choices. If you don't arrive at opening be prepared to wait for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is vibrant and casual. The waitstaff strive to provide great service. The only downside is the noise. It's difficult to hear your dining companions speak.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices. Had to flag down server a few times to get attention. They take your order and stop coming to your table while kitchen staff bring out food and take your dishes.

VR
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and service.

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

Sat at counter corner, seats 32,33 and loved it! Family owned and operated, supporting daughter, a creative Culinary Institute Grad. Food was gourmet, prepared, plated and presented extremely well. Great atmosphere!

T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way!

CO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vanillamore is always solid and has excellent, creative, upscale food. The ambience is great and the people are friendly and helpful. I've found service to be slower than ideal regularly but otherwise, five stars all around for this great place I frequent often. Reservations are a must, as it's often packed.

SK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for dessert, there specialty! My wife and I each ordered a dessert flight which had three mini desserts. They were amazing and the portion sizes were just right. Highly recommend this place for date night or with friends. Decadent desserts and high energy atmosphere!

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff Vereen was the best

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my best friend out for her birthday and we loved Vanillamore from the atmosphere to the food and presentation. We will definitely come back.

MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends over good food and great desserts!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brought my family to have the afternoon Tea Menu and it was great! Lots of variety and they allotted for an upgrade. We had plenty of leftovers. The price is perfect!

V
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I were celebrating one of our friend’s engagement & Vanillamore did not disappoint. I made the reservation a few weeks out and last minute had to bring my infant daughter. When I let the restaurant know, they right away assured me it would not be an issue. When we arrived, they had us seated in a corner location to best suit having the baby and accommodated me even further by flipping over a high chair so I could put her carrier there. Food and service were incredible as always & just the relief and support of not worrying about my child made the day even better. Our friend was then even surprised with sorbet at the end of the meal (which by the way our server was amazing at answering questions and knew so much about the menu)! I am never disappointed and cannot wait to go back now with my husband and two kids, knowing that the kids won’t be an issue there either!

W
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the first time I've been here to eat dinner and have dessert. This is my third or fourth visit and all I've ever gotten was dessert. This time we went the whole nine yards.
From the get go, as usual, the woman I spoke with on the phone was as nice as could be. She asked me if we were celebrating a special occasion and then asked if anyone in our group had any food allergies.
When we arrived we were greeted warmly and seated right away. Our server, Kaitlin was a sweetheart. She again asked us if anyone had any food allergies which fortunately we don't. She explained the dinner menu since it was out first time eating dinner there. We decided to order a bunch of things and the three of us would share.
For starters we ordered a salad with crispy bits of pancetta and a thick slice of mozzerella. Also some cheeses, meats, and a trio of humus cups with pita triangles for dipping. Everything was outstanding. We just regretted not bringing a bottle of wine with us.
Then we shared a bunch of small plates. We ordered the turkey meatballs, the slider trio, the lamb ribs, and the sweet potato gnocchi. Again, everything was incredible.
The manager stopped by our table several times to check on us. They all really make you feel special. An excellently run business. I hope they are here for many, many years to come! Be sure to make reservations because by the time we were leaving there was a line out the door and as soon as a table was free it was filled.
We had room for dessert because the portions aren't huge. Quality over quantity is how they do it. As always I ordered the French press coffee and the Crazy for Caramel. My girls both got the seasons special. An incredible mint tartlet with marshmallow on it. It had a chocolate minty flavor. Also a small sample of caramel hot chocolate and one other item made with salted caramel. It's not really my thing but my wife loves it. We found out how much longer they'll be serving the special so we can get back at least once more

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here before a show with my dad to celebrate his birthday. Everything we had was delicious! We had the dips & spreads, pretzel bites, Brussel sprouts with pancetta, chicken satay and sweet potato gnocchi. I’m not even sure I can pick a favorite because everything was spectacular. I hadn’t told our server it was my dads bday until we received the check, she still brought out a small dessert with candle for him, it was very thoughtful. The restaurant is BYOB and I felt the prices were incredibly reasonable. I will definitely be back and am excited to try more of the menu.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu with something for everyone. Delicious food - tuna tartare was delicious and desserts were out of this world!

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! We will be back!

B
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanillamore was great! Amazing kind staff and delicious food with fun deserts!

SL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food comes in small plates (for lunch) everything was very very good ...the desserts also come like that , we shared everything.. the desserts are absolutely delicious, and different .. they seem to use fine ingredients. The atmosphere is nice . The hot chocolates were to die for ! I will go back!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I go here often and normally it's great, but this last visit left me disappointed. In fact, my last TWO dinner visits were not that great. They changed some components of two of my favorite dishes and the upgrades are not better--the braised short rib last time and this time, the chicken dish. The rabe was so hard I couldn't cut or chew it and the couscous had a burnt metal grill flavor. So, I only ate the chicken, which was just OK. What happened to the crispy skin? In fairness, they took half off the entree price, but I would have preferred a delicious meal. I probably wont go back for dinner anytime soon; maybe dessert.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique place. Loved the small plates idea. Food was delicious. Desserts out of this world

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for brunch!

DR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vanillamore has fantastic food, and so many options. There is something for everyone there, and no matter what you order it will be delicious. I would highly recommend if you like small plates (tapas style) dining. We had a great night.

d
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a great find for after a movie.
Delicious food and desserts. Will keep on coming back.

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Over all great place! Only complaint, we could not hear the music.

RC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Will definitely come back.

NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is wow! I really can't say enough about what a lovely time I had at Vanillamore. We had the pork belly, gnocchi, ricotta, and some other small plates to share - everything was amazing! And make sure you save room for dessert! The s'mores were absolutely wonderful. The team at Vanillamore was friendly and delightful - thank you all!

A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish! Delicious food and desserts!

DV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and great service. We've been there several times and we're always happy

L
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vanillamore is a great date spot known for amazing desserts, but the small plates are terrific, too! I love the tuna, turkey meatballs, and pork belly and the fresh ricotta and to-die-for. Highly recommend!!

FD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience, great food, great atmosphere and great entertainment

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our 17 year anniversary. Everything was perfect. Food, service and atmosphere.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful people who own/operate this restaurant. Treated a special occasion as such.

BA
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Vanillamore is known for their desserts, and well deserved. Their desserts are as innovative as they are tasty. However, dare I say that the food is even better! Every dish I've had here has been created with an expert hand and every detail of the plate is thoughtful. On top of that every employee is super nice and easy to talk to. This place is a winner and looking forward to our next visit.

GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There were a few small plates that hit the spot, like the ricotta and tuna tartare. The other plates were jus ok. Had higher expectations.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice selection of sweet or savory items for breakfast or bunch. I haven’t tried their lunch or dinner yet. Nice little touches with the food - lavender sprinkled on the Brie & fig toast, a homemade marshmallow with your hot chocolate. Just very nicely done & presented. Casual environment.