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Posted by Joan Decker on 04/19/2014
I worked in Manhattan from 1963 - 1973. Il Vagabondo was a favorite thru those years & I've returned whenever I am in the city. It is like walking into a time warp. The food is excellent (Emeril thinks so and so do I.) Where can you get a really nice dining experience & watch other patrons playing bocce ball in the middle of Manhattan. Go...it is an experience not to be missed.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2013
This restaurant should be embarassed to put a basket of bread on the table that consists of the cheapest type the supermarket offers. They served shrimp that was obviously frozen in two different dishes and tasted of iodine.The pasta supposedly linguine was again some cheap supermarket variety.This restaurant is overpriced and sadly it is only pretending to be upscale.They could use a visit from Chef Irvine of Restaurant Impossible as seen on cable TV.
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.