Il Vagabondo, New York City

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351 East 62nd Street 212 832.9221

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    Il Vagabondo: Bocce & Pasta

    by danasuzanne Updated Jul 18, 2006

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    I love the history, see below. My father has been taking me here for years.

    HISTORY- Originally Il Vagabondo was a bar for the local clientele of this 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. By the early seventies the place was so busy it expanded to the neighboring townhouse and subsequently the one next to that. Over the years patrons from all over the city, country and world as well as sports figures and celebrities have enjoyed the fun, easy going atmosphere, great food and low key attitude. And of course there's always the bocce court.

    Favorite Dish: Spaghetti + Meatballs, delicious.

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    Il Vagabando: Italian Food and a Game of Bocce

    by kucha Written Jul 6, 2006

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    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.

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    Il Vagabondo: Restaurant and Bocce

    by TRimer Written May 30, 2006

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    What separates this restaurant from every other in New York City is the indoor bocce court, which is free to all customers. The court sits along side one of the four dining rooms, and many neighborhood notables have been known to take part in the action.

    Originally Il Vagabondo was a bar for the local clientele of this 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.

    I first experienced this restaurant while living in NYC in the late '80s.

    Favorite Dish: Reportedly has the best Veal Parmigiana in the city.

    Monday - Saturday 5:30pm until 11:30pm
    Sunday 5:30pm until 11:00pm

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