351 E 62ND St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.761768 -73.961263
Lunch Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Midtown
Awful Attitude! – I was very disappointed - we live around the corner from this place and I've heard good things. I had called to make a dinner reservation for a Sunday evening and was told I did not need one for 6PM. When I showed up with my wife, my daughter and our guest, the host told us the wait was half an hour since we did not have a reservation. I was fine with waiting, but I mentioned my phone call and was abruptly told "I was the only one here and I would never say that". I had a feeling they were not interested in having us there that evening. I'm sure the food is good, but maybe you have to look different to merit good service - any I'm not referring to my clothing. We left and went to Trattoria on 59th and 1st.
Terrible Family Experience- NEVER GO BACK..LOSE THE ATTITUDE – We were looking for a great family night in NYC in a neighborhood I lived in for years before moving to the 'burbs and having a family. What better place for a few families to go but a fun, casual, family Italian restaurant where the veal parm. is supposed to be the best in the city. We also thought it may be fun for the kids to check out the old school Bocce Court. Well considering they don’t really encourage anyone to play on it and kids are not allowed at all that was pointless, but I could have lived with that. From the moment we walked in, we had nothing but unfriendly service and an anti-kid friendly environment. It was 5:30 PM (earliest reservation possible) on a Sunday when we arrived. We had an 8 month old baby in our group and they said absolutely no strollers or high chairs permitted in the entire place. Additionally, we had to practically beg to even bring the bucket car seat in and then got multiple eye rolls when we did. We had 6 adults and 5 kids eating nicely. The 5 kids ranged from 5 to 9 and they all sat very politely talking and laughing for close to 3 hours since everything took forever to come out. My 5 year old waited an extra 15 minutes after everyone for her Cheese ravilios because they forgot them and then they had the nerve to tell us when we were getting our coats that they had complaints about how loud we were and the kids being disruptive. All the parents were so angry and upset by this. All 3 families take their children out all the time and we get nothing but compliments how well behaved they are and we get this. I must remind you it was 5:30 on a SUNDAY!!! The food was good, but I would never go back and if you want to actually talk to who you are dining with then you should not either. I make a better veal parm. and I don't need the attitude from a 2nd rate place on the Upper East Side...please.
IL VAGABONDO – THE BOCCI BALL COURT IS A NICE TOUCH. BUT DUE TO LOCATION, ATTRACTS A LOT OF OVER-AGED FRAT BOYS...NOT ATTRACTIVE TO THE CASUAL DINER. GOOD FOOD, GOOD SERVICE, BUT ABOUT 35% OVER-PRICED ON EACH ITEM.
I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT – THANK you to the staff of Il vagabondo
I grew up eating diinner at this restaurant from a very young age , have not been back for a very long time
I took my family back over the summer for my sons 18th BDAY my family loved it !!!
We went back again last night with our kids for our 20th wedding anniversary, and I must say I have not had such a lovely dinner like that in years the managment knew it was our anniversary , they do not really know us well at all, they were so nice and thoughtful and sang to us with a special dessert and drinks without us ordering anything insisted on sending us after dinner drinks
I love this restaurant , the food is some of the best italian food in NYC ,, the service is very very good !!!
five stars for vagabondo cannot wait to go back again
ps the veal marsala was next to perfection !!!!
Thank again for a wonderful meal
Has a bocci ball court that apparently your not allowed to use. – My friends and I were in the mood to try something different this past Saturday night so we were really excited to learn that Il Vagabondo had a bocce ball court. We got there early because we were told the restaurant does not take reservations. Throughout dinner, we kept checking on the bocce ball court to see if there was a crowd forming, but were shocked to see that the court was basically empty the entire night. After our dinner (which was ok, but definitely unmemorable), we proceeded to the room that had the bocce ball court. It is a small room that is surrounded by tables filled with couples eating dinner. We had not been playing more than 3 minutes before a waiter came over and yelled at us. He rudely told us that we needed to stop talking b/c this is a restaurant and people are trying to eat. We apologized and lowered our voice to an actual whisper. People dining in the restaurant seemed so excited to actually see people using the court that they were coming over to watch. That was when the same waiter came over to us a second time and said that we were ruining dinner and that people were leaving the restaurant and it was all our fault (yes he actually said this). We looked around and all of the tables appeared to still be full. A couple that was eating nearby who had witnessed us being reprimanded by this waiter came over to tell us we were fine and were by no means too loud. After watching the waiter shoot us a few more dirty looks we decided that it was probably better to just leave. We had been on the court for less than 20 minutes. We were so disappointed that our night was cut short and angry that we were treated so poorly. We were not a bunch of drunken college kids who were hooting and hollering in the restaurant. We are adults who had just spent over $350 before we were basically kicked out. We will definitely not be going back.
Excellent Italian food, lovely ambience – I hadn't been to Il Vagabondo since I was 9 years old which was a little over 15 years ago and it was just as I remembered! It's a very charming spot with extremely friendly staff, nice accommodations, and warm feel to it. The food was sensational. I have to echo the previous poster, best gnocchi I've ever had, hands down. My friends had the spaghetti bolognese and the spinach ravioli which was on special. They raved about both. I myself sampled the ravioli and it was scrumptuous. The service was quick, polite, and attentive without being overly involved in our meal. They didn't try to push specials or bottles of wine either, which I appreciated. The bocce-tartufo was the perfect ending to the meal. All in all, it was one of the best meals I've have in the last two years I've been in the city. I highly recommend you try this place!!
To reply to a previous poster regarding children on the bocce ball court : That is a rule I remember from when I was a child. From what I remember it is due to insurance liability. It has nothing to do with a child's behavior.
Best Gnocchi – Awesome Gnocchi dish I've ever had. Staff is friendly and accommodating. The bocce playing area gets loud when participating patrons right next to you are yelling in your ear while you're trying to have a conversation.
As good as I remembered – My family, when we lived in New Jersey, used to go to Il Vagabondo for special occasions. I had not been back in 15 years, at least. I was so happy to be back! The food is still fantastic, they still have the bocci ball court and the service is still good. There were three of us and we had a drink in the bar first. Jeff was a great bartender, new at Il Vagabondo, and already very proud to work there. The host was amazingly gracious and our waiter very efficient. We all loved our meals. Jeff said they had the best Veal Parmigiana in the city and he was right. It was made the way true Parmigiana should be made. Thin, crisp and huge! Took the leftovers to one of our friends atthe hotel and it fed him as well as me!! I have wonderful childhood memories of their Gnocci, and it is still the best. We got a half order and all shared it.
I would highly recommend Il Vagabondo to any and all locals and visitors alike.
Bocci? anyone? – We came as a family, with our 2 teenage manhattan-raised, urban, well-mannered, sons, excited to revisit il vagabondo (recalling the times when we came here with our own parents). While the food was terrific and our waiter made our night fun and enjoyable, we were extremely dissappointed with the non-hospitable attitude of the arrogant host. Why?After we placed our dinner order, being excited to enjoy a little bocci, we asked our waiter if he would mind if went to the bocci court. He told us to wait until after we ate. We ate dessert, paid our bill (the restuarant was now almost empty of patrons-about 930pm). We wandered into the bocci room to watch a group finish a bocci match. The winners, a nice couple, invited us to a challenge. Dad and son went on the court,and rolled a few warm up throws with the other couple. Suddenly, the host appeared and told us to leave the court; no one under the age of 18 was allowed to play. Keep in mind there was only one other table of four in the bocci room, paying and leaving their table. (Also, note that our boys had not spoken, laughed loudly, moved about quickly, or, acted in any way juvenile or disruptive) . We mentioned that our waiter had not mentioned the rule to us, but told us we could play after dinner. The host mumbled something about needing to find the waiter who said this and ran off. All of this was way too intense. We left with a sour taste, not only because of the obnoxious treatment, but because our calm quiet evening was so abruptly ended by this frustrated host. What was the point in chasing out a Dad and his quiet well-behaved son? I hope that our waiter did not get in any trouble either. We live 3 blocks away. During dinner, we decided that we had rediscovered the place after all this time and were excited that Il Vagabondo would become our new local restaurant! Not now. Customers will come back when they are treated nicely, and thanked for their business. All we got was an uptight kick out of the door.
Truly authentic Italian food with a "part of the family" feeling. – From the front steps to the back room, this place was great. The small bar in the front had two great bartenders that couldn't have been more friendly. They seemed to have a witty comeback or story for every discussion. The host was very nice and the wait staff was fast and helpful. I felt like I was one of the family. From all the photos of celebrities and athletes that were in there, you know why this place draws the biggest names. The food was excellent and the prices were reasonable. Three of us had 2 glasses of wine each, an appetizer for the table, our entree and 2 desserts for the table and the price was $150.00 including a generous tip. I would recommend it to everyone looking for a true italian meal with great hospitality.
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