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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
Closed now
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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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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank travellngcircus
Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Excellent place to eat!!!!! I think it would be hard to find any place better!!! Staff so friendly and took the time to chat...Yeah Charlie and Jasper!!!!

Thank partyteq2014
Lebanon, New Hampshire
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

recommended by a friend - so happy with result. no reservations for small groups but no waiting for a table at ~630pm. Very friendly Maitre'd and wait staff. fresh italian bread and butter with caprese salad to start, a nice glass of valpo, and for my entree - veal magenta with sautéed squash. Very good, can't wait to go back... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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