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Il Vagabondo

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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351 E 62nd St, New York City, NY 10065-7770
+1 212-832-9221
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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Long Island, New York
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are certain gems in NY the go over looked. "Vagabondos" as I knew it growing up is one of them. A place so off the charts and map in an upper east side neighborhood in the basement of a town house. I have been eating there since the age of 13 (I'm not disclosing my age but more that... More 

Thank SHBtravel
New York City, New York
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I have been to this restaurant periodically over the past 50 years, and I am sad that it is now "closed for an extended period". This was a classic New York dining experience, not necessarily for the food (which was reliable but not superb) but for the old-timers, the lifer bartenders and staff, and the Bocci court in the back.... More 

1 Thank antiques223
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We went here for brunch... not a good idea. My sandwich was terrible, and my wife's omelette was subpar. I'm not sure if the dinner menu is better.. but not a good brunch.

Thank Cbass03
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

My husband and l had our first date here more than 30 years ago and when l lived in the city l'd try to get all my dates to come here. There is a bocce ball court that you could sit next to and watch people play or play yourself which was fun. But when l went last summer, it... More 

1 Thank Jupiterbound
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Came here because of Emeril Lagasse calling Il Vagabondo's 'Veal Parmesan' as "the best thing I ever ate" on food network. The waiter was sweaty and unfriendly, our food took over half an hour to arrive, and was a total disappointment once we got it. Now I as a German might not be able to understand the intricacies of American... More 

Thank internetmudah
Westerly, Rhode Island
1 review
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Closed!!! For extended period of time. Been here many times since we were children. Some of the best meals and dining experience ever. Tried for Dec 10 to find sign that they are closed for extended period of time. Come back soon! We love and miss you !!

Thank foodiest65
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I walked to the restaurant late afternoon on Dec 5. Place was dark, obviously a vacant space, and a sign on the door: CLOSED! Web site still active and TA listing still saying OPEN. Went to Patsy's on 60th street as an alternate and had a very good meal.

Thank brooklyn45
Brookhaven, New York
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This little hidden storefront restaurant has been in this location for 30 years that I have been eating they are. Do not be fooled by its storefront. Inside are 4 separate dining rooms. as you walk in is the bar, you will be greeted by one of the owners, Charlie, Jasper the bartender or Ralph, the entire staff is simply... More 

Thank Bruce R
New York
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103 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

This place has been around forever - at least 35 years with it novel bocce court which certainly attracts many diners and tourists. It's a fun experience but the restaurant itself is tired and ordinary and the menu hasn't changed in decades. Everything is standard and just ok. People don't come for the food but they do come for a... More 

Thank Carla G
Cleveland, OH
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

The feel and food of this place demonstrate the pride its owners have in it. We all had (coincidentally) veal dishes which were all excellent, with my veal vagabondo being declared the winner. Slow-ish but not ridiculous service. Decent wine selection. And, if you are so inclined, bocce in the back! Note that the restaurant will be closed for renovation... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 351 E 62nd St, New York City, NY 10065-7770
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-832-9221

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