Il Vagabando: "Italian Food and a Game of Bocce" Il Vagabondo Tip by kucha

Il Vagabondo, New York City: 3 reviews and 1 photos

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by kucha

First of all, the food is nothing special here. For me, it's always been about the casual, chaotic and lively atmosphere that is the result of having a tiny restaurant sharing its space with a dirt bocce court!

Always of interest to me, I also love this place for it's old NY history. Originally Il Vagabondo was a bar for the local clientele of what was then a predominantly Italian neighborhood. The locals would drop by for an espresso and more often than not an espresso corretto and a game of bocce. To be in accordance with the liquor laws the establishment starting serving food, mostly simple sandwiches and then the occasional plate of pasta. Before long more than the locals were stopping by at this unique establishment for a refreshment and a bite to eat.

I've been going to this restaurant since the late 1980's and was glad to find it again recently, still going strong. If you're looking for a different experience, check this place out!

Favorite Dish: Try the prosciutto and provolone stuffed veal chop! For kids, standard fare of ravioli and tortellini is also good.

Address: 351 E 62nd St
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Between 1st nad 2nd
Phone: (212) 832-9221
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 6, 2006
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