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Posted by wedge on 11/23/2012
The waiters act like they are doing you a favor by taking an order, delivering the food, god forbid you get impatient. it is so sad....the food really is good...but the poor service doesn't make up for it. I almost got up and left but the veal vagabondo is really good. wake up management...
Posted by Roberto on 12/26/2011
To begin with the service was subpart. The waiters were rude, obnoxious and not at all patron friendly. Food was mediore to say the least. There are numerous Italian restaurants in the CIty, this is one that I and my diners will not come again. Can't see how they stay in business? Good Luck Il Vagabondo
Posted by cynthia on 11/14/2011
Had reservation but had to wait extremely long time once seated. Waiter hauty and very hurried. Asked for 3 tickets but he assured us there would be no problem splitting at end of dinner. Food was just ok. After waiting quite a while, he reported back that some requested foods were not available-don't know why, he said..Very little flavor. Price very high for the quality! Waiter was rude when we began check out process. Threw paper on table and told us to "figure out". Check out lady practically shoved our bags and coats to us through window. We payed premium price and left Very sufficient tip! Will not recommend and will not return!
Posted by Sean on 08/23/2011
This Vagabondo was recommended to me and it was everything I had hoped for. I will return soon to try some other very appealing menu items.
Posted by jason on 08/15/2011
i'd been given the impression, based on my internet research, that this was a great date place. i was disappointed from this point of view. i will start by saying the food was great. the appetizers and entrees were definitely delicious. the food lived up to expectations. though, i was curious as to why they didn't serve good bread. the baguette was the equivalent of wonder bread. why? why not fresh warm bread? and i have a personal issue with restaurants that present frozen packets of butter. always have. but, i was there for dinner. i very rarely eat veal. but, i'd heard great things about the veal parmesan and was intrigued. it lived up to expectations, and was a generous serving in my book. if i'm going to spend the money i like to leave a restaurant feeling full! now, as to why i felt it wasn't a good date place. the decor. the main room, we were in, is just a long long room. no windows. horrible lighting, and over lit. no atmosphere. so stark. the white walls above the wooden wainscoting showcase celebrity upon celebrity that have eaten there. wow - i'm impressed. but, no feeling. no warm cozy aesthetic that makes me want to hang out there. oh, and this great dinner is served on a cafeteria style table. at least iron the table cloths and give me some nice silverware. i had a bit of trouble understanding my pasta/sauce side options. the waiter had some attitude and just repeated the question. thought i was going to be whacked! and rather than giving me change from my cash payment he kept it all. a bit more than i would've paid. but, its the principle not the money. so, if you want some great food - sure, go. if you're looking for something a bit more romantic or just with more feeling i'd look elsewhere. i was really expecting the Charm of an old world restaurant. not a cafeteria.
Posted by Quirk on 06/06/2011
Having eaten at this classic NYC eatery since the early 70's all I can say - thank the Lord that some things don't change. It is like the Catholic Church, this is the way we do it and most the world gets it and if you don't, don't come. The food is authentic, home made pasta, outstanding veal and chicken, great spice and made to order cooking. Service is family - like your brother waiting on you. If you can't have an enjoyable experience at Il Vagabondo it is not the fault of management.
Posted by Connor S on 02/14/2011
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.