Last weekend, the team behind mega-popular clubstaurants Tao and Lavo opened a sprawling new restaurant on The Bowery called Vandal. Here are some crucial details about the new project from Tao Group's Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, and Stanton Social chefs Chris Santos and Jonathan Kavourakis
1) Santos and Kavourakis claim that they toured 14 countries in preparation for the opening, including Italy, Argentina, and Singapore to sample street food. Each category of the menu — broken into small, medium, and large — features dishes from all over the globe. Take a peek at the menu here.
2) Located at 199 Bowery, Vandal took over the massive 22,000-square-foot space that most recently housed EMM Group's Pan Asian flop The General. The space — designed by The Rockwell Group — is bi-level and features a 360-seat restaurant, a separate bar/lounge, and a second cellar-level lounge.
3) To decorate the walls, the partners commissioned seven street artists including HUSH, Shepard Fairey, Apexer, Tristan Eaton, Eelus, Vhils, and Will Barras. Eaton painted smiling women and the words "Fantastic Fantasy" over four custom bookshelves; Vhils hand-chiseled two plaster niches to reveal a layer of brick anchor; and HUSH created a monumental painting of three, semi-nude women spanning a 35 x 16 feet wall.
5) Celebrities are already visiting this place. Guests at Vandal's opening party included Allison Williams, Quest Love, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Tyson Beckford, Chanel Iman, and Chris Noth.
Vandal is currently open nightly for dinner with the lounge open everyday until 3 a.m. The restaurant plans to open for lunch in March.