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Il Vagabondo

351 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065 40.761882 -73.96145
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-832-9221 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

ilvagabondo.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, 5:30pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.

Prices

$23-$45

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Il Vagabondo is without debate the best Italian restaurant in New York with its own indoor bocce court. It's also the only Italian restaurant in New York with its own bocce court. Before visiting, ask yourself what you're here for. If your answer is the food, you'll probably be disappointed. Otherwise sign up while you're waiting so you can get a good game in. The red-checkered tablecloths in the narrow dining room that runs alongside the bocce court are a good indicator of the menu: Italian-American, with uninspired favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, veal parmigiana, and chicken Milanese. The pasta tends to be well done, the sauces bland or limited primarily to tomato and tomato meat. The signature dish, veal parmigiana, is a thin slab with patty-like consistency, covered in melted cheese and that same lifeless tomato sauce. There are, however, a few bright spots: Zucchini carpione—strips of sautéed, marinated zucchini—is fresh and tangy; and penne and broccoli, despite the overcooked pasta, has the right ratio of garlic to oil. The bocceball tartufo is much too tasty to consider using on the indoor court. If you ask, waiters are forthcoming with bocce tips.

Extra

Reservations are accepted only for parties of three or more.

Recommended Dishes

Pasta with broccoli, garlic, and oil, $21; bocceball-tartufo, $8

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