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Vandal

Bars, Gastropubs Lower East Side
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
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Filip Wolak Double Dutch at Vandal

Usually, a bar that’s been vandalized with tagging warrants police involvement, but not at the latest project from Chris Santos (Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex) and the TAO Group. British street artist Hush curated the bar’s art program, commissioning seven internationally recognized “vandals” to create street-art installations inside. Taking over the former home of the General, the 365-seat lounge offers a three-part cocktail list: a “Sweet” section featuring easy drinkers like the Miss Demeanor (Bacardi, lime juice, Angostura bitters); “Savory,” with spicier, more vegetal cups such as the La Palmitas (Ilegal Mezcal, Thai basil, grapefruit beer); and a barrel-aged category boasting the bourbon-based Trigger Finger (Cocchi Americano, raspberry). Small plates are inspired by global street fare—think jicama-shell tacos with butternut squash, chicken-and-tortilla-soup-dumplings and a white pizza topped with broccolini, nduja and toasted hazelnuts. 

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Venue name: Vandal
Contact:
Address: 199 Bowery
New York
10002
Cross street: at Spring St
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–1am
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery
Price: Average main course: $40
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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tastemaker

I came to Vandal for restaurant week this year and was not disappointed! First, we made it *just* in time for the end of happy hour at the bar, and were able to snag some more reasonably priced rosé. Among three of us, we shared the three course restaurant week offerings and everything was eclectic and delicious - there are not too many places where you can order both raw tuna and chicken parm and have both be equally amazing. As it was restaurant week, we went in knowing approximately how much money we were going to spend - but the second round of cocktails, while also lovely, were quite expensive. The venue is enormous and beautiful - at the end of our meal we were invited to the lounge downstairs by one of the managers - so we truly had the full Vandal experience. If you're looking for a real NY night, I recommend checking it out!


This place has a lot of hype going around with it. It's definitely something to experience with a group of friends. They have a great selection of drinks and prepare to order a lot of small plates, the bao buns are literally the best and a must try. The downstairs lounge bar is very chill if you're looking for a nice relaxed night out.


Vandal has an all around great ambiance! I really enjoyed the double dutch cocktail. It had alot of earthy flavors and any drink with crushed ice has my heart! 


Vandal is an all around great dining experience.  The drinks, decor, staff, and the small plates were all fantastic.  The price tag is steep but its worth it!


I love this place!  The atmosphere is dope, the drinks are good, and I did not have one bad dish (a friend and I order about 6 plates; a small, medium, and large each).  Their was a mixup with my reservation, but I was still able to get seated and they gave me no trouble.  I don't know what I loved more the decor or the food. 

tastemaker

This place does not live up to the hype. Overpriced over-the-top sharing plates (which are good, but definitely not worth the price tag they've added on) and a Vegas-esque crowd... My favorite parts of the entire restaurant were the flower-shop entrance and the GIF photo booth. The downstairs turns into a club at night, but it was very overcrowded, which made it hard to mingle. There was also no dance floor or room to move, so not that fun for a night out. Overpriced and under-delivers... 


Start out with a yummy Double Dutch drink vodka,thyme, and raspberry puree which was like drinking juice. In a place full of color and amazing artwork Vandal is defenitely the new hot spot. Chef Chris Santos knew what he was doing when he took over this space. It use to be one of my favorite restaurants The General before it was transformed into Vandal. Watch out for the huge purple rabbit who welcomes you in when you walk through the door. Try the chilean sea bass fish tacos which are truly delicious as well as there version of the Juicy Lucy, just think melted american cheese inside a patty (Yum). Also my favorite small plate of the night were the Chicken Taquitos in a mole sauce, these were perfection. For dessert try the s'mores pie with a marshmallow meringue and a gram cracker ice cream (so good) also try the greek donuts which were out of this world. It comes accompanied by a creamy honey ice cream that pairs perfectly with the crunchiness of the donuts. Go check it out and thank me later.

Tastemaker

Although I didn't get a chance to eat here (only the opportunity to stare at some tacos) this place looks like it would have amazing food. It's in the back of a flower shop (real speakeasy style) and enormous. I went here Friday night with some friends to go to the infamous club or as the owners like to call it 'the lounge with a dj and bottle service'. I had a great time, the DJ was amazing, it was super spacious. There are about 3 or 4 main eating areas, a bar then on the lower level the not-club area. Drinks were pricey, which is to be expected and I would LOVE to come here if I can get a reservation for anytime after 5:45 pm.