About The Vanderbilt
THE VANDERBILT opened its doors on October 23, 2009. It was designed with the casual comfort of a neighborhood restaurant/bar with market-inspired New American bar fare by Chef Saul Bolton (also of SAUL Restaurant, Red Gravy & Brooklyn Bangers). Emphasizing seasonal, local, and quality ingredients, the menu consists of snacks, small plates, and big plates--including house-made sausages. With serious, sophisticated food and a beverage program to match, we offer a less formal atmosphere without sacrificing standards.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Gastro Pub, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner 5pm to 11pm Every Night
Brunch 10am to 3pm Saturday & Sunday
Happy Hour 5 to 7pm Monday through Friday
Late Night Happy Hour 11pm to 12:30am Friday & Saturday
The kitchen closes between brunch and dinner, but the bar stays open.
Hours and menus are subject to change for holidays.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are located half a mile or less from three stations; 7th Avenue B,Q, Bergen 2,3 and Clinton Washington C station. Plus, we are under a mile from Barclay's and Atlantic Terminal and the B65 stops right outside of the restaurant!
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Vanderbilt offers special dinners, beer events, and back room viewing parties throughout the year. Join our mailing list or check our website to stay up to date with The Vanderbilt in the future.
The Vanderbilt Ratings and Reviews
Don't be deceived by this restaurants outside apperance, inside its been redone and very nice. We arrived early for dinner before a concert at the Barclays arena. Told the staff and they took care to make sure we had enough time to get to the venue. The menu though limited had very interesting choices along with a good selection of specialty burgers and sandwiches platters. We had the fall salad and the steak and pork shoulder everything was very good. If we lived in Brooklyn - we would repeat the visit.
I'm one of those impatient people who is absolutely unwilling to wait for a table to open up during a crowded brunch, so I love that The Vanderbilt takes reservations for small parties.
Brunch is amazing (big fan of the French toast, the fajita, and the cottage fries) and the Bloody Marys have a nice, spicy kick. Nice, informal atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great service.
It's my go-to place when people come in from brunch.
The food here was really good but the rating suffers due to really slow service. The place was nearly empty on a Saturday night (shoulda been a clue) but it took more than 10 minutes for a server to come over and take a drink order and they remained inattentive and slow throughout the meal. We enjoyed the appetizers, including sticky spicy sweet duck drumsticks and a really interesting tray of mushrooms. One of the mushroom bunches had not been completely cleaned, though, and my friend got dirt in her teeth--ick. The rabbit potpie was amazing, and the chef politely and perfectly divided a whole roasted Branzino for our friends. Gotta get the details right or a promising menu won't have an audience soon!
I went to the Vanderbilt for Sunday brunch with a group of 4. I was supposed to go there for dinner the week before with another friend who had been previously. She did not have a good experience on a prior trip and asked to go somewhere else when I suggested the Vanderbilt (we went to Alta Calidad down the street which was yummy).
Despite that feedback, this group decided to try brunch anyway b/c they had reservations available and we did not want to wait too long to be seated somewhere else. I would say the experience was mediocre. The front part of the restaurant was a little more hip and had a good vibe. We sat in the back, though, and it was your standard restaurant feel.
The waitress was attentive and did a good job. The food, on the other hand, was not great. First I tried to order an iced coffee, which they didn't have- seemed odd for a brunch place in warm weather. But I took what they offered, which was hot coffee poured over ice with a side of extra ice. The coffee itself was pretty bad and of course was still warm, despite the ice. Then I ordered a vegetable frittata, which was actually just a small triangle- more like a quiche. It was incredibly salty and the only vegetables were potatoes and onions. I tasted my boyfriend's hash browns, and they were also very salty. The staff was pretty nice and attentive, but I would say between my poor food quality for brunch and my friend's previous poor experience for dinner, I probably will try a lot of other great restaurants along Vanderbilt Ave. before going back here.
the dinner was okay....lots of overly-fried stuff, and the side salad came drenched in dressing. that's my fault, because I forgot to ask for the dressing on the side, as I usually do for that reason.
however, the very sweet and attentive hostess/waitress (I think her name was Whitney?) kindly brought us prosecco and a house-made ice cream bar dessert (it was my birthday), that was truly delicious. also, she steered us toward a very nice bottle of wine.
The Vanderbilt is the only relatively upscale, roomy restaurant and bar on Vanderbilt. So sit at the bar, order some apps and enjoy the ambiance. If you venture to the back for a real (albeit overpriced) meal, beware that they may be out of basic drink ingredients and out of the special cocktails they advertise - during Happy Hour. Also the food will be mediocre, and the service will be laissez-faire at best. Otherwise, enjoy!
It was the first time going to The Vanderbilt! I enjoyed everything I had there from the special drink (vodka with cucumber, lime, & basil), appetizer mushroom plate - delicious, & lobster roll...
The service was excellent & the atmosphere was grand - sat outside - it was a beautiful day!
I will go back & tell my friends about this restaurant.
I had not been back here for quite some time as the last visit was worse than execrable. But I heard that there were improvements and indeed there were. This place is fine for simple dining, bar food, and drinks. The staff was professional and friendly but service was a bit slow. I would certainly recommend it for meeting friends, bar food and snacks, and beers and spirits. All in all, a nice experience.
My husband and I went here for a date night and we're pleasantly surprised all around how our dinner went from the right amount of friendly service, delicious cocktails, chill ambience, and fresh twists on traditional go to meals. The duck wing appetizers are a must order!
Brunch is supposed to be enjoyable. At The Vanderbilt, it is not. The decor and atmosphere looked very inviting from the outside, but inside, everyone seemed miserable (patrons and staff combined) The service was terrible - we waited half an hour before getting coffee and cocktails served to us. Luckily the bus boy was very attentive and kept refilling our waters - the only bright spot in a miserable experience. Another 45 minutes went by before we got food that was mediocre at best. The staff seemed very disorganized and all over the place - the open concept kitchen was also an issue as we could hear the wait staff and chefs yelling and swearing at each other. I would strongly recommend you go anywhere else for brunch!
The space is good, but service was slow and food is overpriced. We waited a few 10min after seating before getting our menus (and we had to ask for it, b/c server was walking by our table all the time, without noticing this). Also, we finished our bottle and he didn't stop to ask if we wanted another one (we were 4 people). Again, we had to call him and ask. He didn't get 1 of the order right (he didn't add the cheese on the burger), while the other 3 orders were the same (so, not a difficult order).
Food was ok, but way too expensive. The regular burger was $15 (just bun and patty), and the special burger was $25. If you're charging me $25 for a burger, it better be awesome. It wasn't . It's just a lot of meat.
So, food is ok, but way too pricey for the experience.
Can't judge a book by its cover -- looking humble from the outside, but inside is a warm, inviting and cool place to dine or drink before a Barclay Center event. The duck wings appetizer is off the charts, as is the Vanderbilt Burger (enough to split for two). The cheese plate is nothing to write home about and I'd pass, but everything else was special, including the exceptional service. Great value, great food, great place
The chef was awesome! We sat at the kitchen bar and watched how closely he paid attention to every detail as he was making mine and my boyfriend's dinner. The duck wings were unbelievable and perfect for sharing. The fish was so fresh, perfectly seasoned and cooked. I also loved my drink. Overall had a great experience and would definitely return!
Our server ( forgot her name ) was fantastic. I think it was Eura?? Anyway - she known more about this place than the owners. Everything she recommended was off the charts amazing. The only complaint was for a better beer selection. Not that they were bad beers but just off my level of appreciation. Will most certainly be back for the Vanderbilt Burger ( round 2 on that ) We also had Duck Wings, Rabbit Pot Pie and some other stuff. All were great and I would highly recommend eating here.
We went for brunch and the menu, although somewhat limited, was very good. The service was just okay; our waitress was very nice but seemed distracted. Sounds funny but wish they had better choices of tea for brunch. The beignets we had for dessert were really delicious, a nice treat to end the meal. It was quite cold inside the restaurant, so the maitre d brought over an electric heater, which definitely helped make it comfy.
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