First Look: Vandal, Chris Santos' and TAO Group's New Bowery Eatery

The <i>Chopped</i> star partners with the famed restaurant group
January 14, 2016
by Kelly Dobkin

The gist: Chopped star Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social is opening his first new restaurant in six years, in partnership with TAO Group this Saturday. Vandal, a 360-seat, shareable plates concept inspired by global street food will open in the space that formerly housed The General and Finale on the Bowery.

The food: Santos, who is known for his often fusion-y small plates will continue his beloved style now inspired by a variety of street food around the world. Divided into small, medium and large sizes, the menu features lobster and sweet potato soup dumplings (pictured below), blackened shrimp arepas (above) and Chicken Katsu & Hong Kong egg waffles. Check out the full menu below.

The drinks: Cocktails are parsed into three categories: sweet, savory and barrel aged. Try the Demeanor in the Sweet category (Bacardi 8, lime juice, Angostura bitters, allspice tincture, grated nutmeg) or the Trigger Finger (Woodford Reserve, amaro, Cocchi Americano, raspberry, grapefruit bitters, Angostora bitters) in the Barrel-aged department.

The space: The 22,000 sq. foot, bi-level space was designed by Rockwell Group and is full of secret rooms and eclectic art including an 11-foot tall breakdancing purple lacquer rabbit (yup that's what we said). Expect street-inspired art from the likes of Hush, Apexer and Shepard Fairey​.

The details: 199 Bowery; 212-400-0199


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