One of the many dining areas inside Vandal. 

One of the many dining areas inside Vandal. 

Vandal, the newly opened bar// restaurant from the team that brought you Tao and Lavo, shows that the design of the space was certainly not an after thought!  Located at 199 Bowery Street in the LES of New York City, this quickly renowned spot is the place to be for anyone who appreciates a well thought out space or simply if you consider yourself to be a "foodie". 

The inspiration for the design throughout the restaurant was a mix of urban street art and urban street food while carrying out the theme of mystery. With many different nooks, lounge areas, and dining rooms to keep their diners guessing. 

After checking in at the reception area, you're greeted by a sculpture of a giant pink rabbit balancing upside down. Which is pictured above. Why incorporate such a thing? You'll have to ask the designers of the space themselves- the Rockwell Group. Incorporating custom lighting, large murals, and bold furnishings which in comparison to other dining environments is a rather memorable experience. 

If you're not one to really care much about interior design- BUT you do consider yourself to be a "foodie". We recommend you make your way down here pronto! The menu is outrageous. It's filled with solitary tapas which were all invented by the food geniuses who brought you the menus from Beauty and Essex and Stanton Social- Chris Santos and Jonathan Kavourakis. 

SOURCE: http://www.fashiontimes.com/articles/24798/20160205/why-you-should-dine-at-vandal-the-bowerys-hottest-new-restaurant.htm

Simon Lunt