The Vanderbilt

American Restaurant$$$$
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
  • Has a stamp of approval from Village Voice and Serious Eats
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    • Serious Eats
  • Patrick K.
    "The home aid beef jerky and fried pickles are awesome."(9 Tips)
    Tarah F.
    "Try the Beignet - Almost as good as Cafe du Monde in NOLA."(8 Tips)
    "And don't forget to order the Cottage Fries!!!!"(4 Tips)
    Camden A.
    "Good service, lots of space for big groups, and good beer list."(4 Tips)
140 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • beef jerky
  • cottage fries
  • beignets
  • prix fixe menu
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The bar-snack menu is admirable, including Serrano ham croquettes, homemade Malaysian jerky, and deviled eggs with Brit-style curry sauce. Try the fall salad with faro, and the glazed ribs are great. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Spawned by the owners of Saul and Num Pang Sandwich Shop, the Vanderbilt is a restaurant for those who love rich food. In pursuit of that ideal, homemade charcuterie commands center stage. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 5, 2013
    While the brunch here is pretty solid, we like to come here for a cocktail & the Crispy Duck wings after seeing a concert at Barclays. From 11pm-12:30am Thursday to Saturday, it's happy hour!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MolanphyAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Bad news on brunch: Their one-of-a-kind shrimp n' grits are gone. The good news: the new Slinger is awesome: chili, hash browns, egg—like corned beef hash with chili replacing the corned beef. Delish.
    CITY GRITAugust 9, 2014
    We love snacks – especially the ones served up at The Vanderbilt. Our personal favorites are the Beef Jerky, Strong Beans, Carrot Salami, & the Rabbit Mortadella! (Order all of the cocktails!)
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GreeneFebruary 19, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartender is very hands..nice, attentive and has an awesome personality. He's knowledgeable in mixology. I would buy out the bar if I could just because of him. The food..mmm mmm good
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealySeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything's great here, but they really shine when it comes to bar snacks. Locally sourced charcuterie, veggie finger food and more. Great cocktails and a good beer list, too. Also brunch is amazing.
  • Brahaani M.
    Brahaani MamoDecember 1, 2013
    get the chili for brunch. It's what it sounds like&is good. Chicken hash sounds delic, bt ingredients don't coalesce into a cohesive dish. In the end it lacked flavor and the veggies were nearly raw.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 23, 2012
    Show your ticket to an event at the Barclays Arena and receive 10% off. The brussels sprouts with shishito peppers are as good as the rumors say and will unexpectedly please anyone who tries it.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAJuly 24, 2012
    There's nothing better then a good selection of beers and some amazing small and medium plates for an incredible dinner. And don't forget to order the Cottage Fries!!!!
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergSeptember 9, 2012
    Try the Smoked Trout Crepes, Melted Leeks, Trout Roe, Sunnyside Egg - Couldn't taste the trout enough, but it was delicious and not too heavy. Loved the dill.
  • Compass
    CompassAugust 12, 2013
    Duck through the mysterious-looking, white-tiled front door to find a gleaming stainless steel and tile interior, elevated southern snacks, and a sleek, speakeasy-worthy ambiance.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJanuary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch here is out of control and a little easier on the wallet than dinner (which is also good). Getting the beignets to start means you can get both sweet AND savory in the same brunch.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerMarch 26, 2012
    Shishito peppers for sure. Sausages are great, so are salads and fried pickles and the burger and any of the woodier cocktails. Hard to go wrong here
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonOctober 10, 2014
    Cocktails and charcuterie. Don't overextend yourself with some of the larger menu items; also despite the wine list there's nothing all that serious to drink
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 28, 2010
    The cocktail menu features drinks like the Glyda Rose: a blend of gin, Campari, blood orange & champagne that’s named after his great aunt, or the Tupelo Julep, served slush-style with shaved ice. Read more
  • Sara
    SaraJanuary 2, 2015
    The service here was excellent! I feel like finding good service is so tough these days. The host was so kind and the food was surprisingly good
  • Chris M.
    Chris MolanphyMay 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Exceptional dishes include the brussels sprouts (or cauliflower in spring/summer) and the meatballs. Among drinks, they make a superb Pimms and a great Ruby Sip.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 10, 2016
    $24 brunch prefixe with a good selection of cocktails + beignet + side + entree. Get the bangers n' mash.
  • Dens
    DensJanuary 6, 2014
    Appetizers? The Shisito Peppers (make sure to dip them in the Pimentón powder) and and the Deviled Eggs. I thought the jerkey was just "eh".
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon SkAugust 19, 2012
    Mrs meyers soap has port authority pink soap in its bottles. Sneaky. Vibe is nice for a Sunday, bloody Mary's are spicy, food could use seasoning.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenAugust 9, 2015
    the brunch prix fixe is awesome. the banger and mash is soooo good
  • Abigail G.
    Abigail GulloOctober 23, 2010
    The bartenders are saucy, sassy and Southern. This girl could not be more happy. Oh, it helps that that food and drinks are top notch as well. You can Spatzle me all day, boys.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 23, 2010
    We dig its heady cocktails & custom bitters. The 5-course menu runs a reasonable $60 & includes pairings like tender pork belly & Autobahn IPA, pork & aged cheddar sausage over grits with Grand Cue. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 9, 2010
    The Vanderbilt's offer of refined food & drink at a price that won’t liquidate your savings is a welcome addition. Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton & Ben Daitz collaborated on an A plus menu.
  • Ramya
    RamyaOctober 10, 2013
    Great drinks for brunch- Bellini's are a must. Try the skirt steak... but not the eggs Vanderbilt!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertJune 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The fresh beignets make a nice dessert or if you're feeling extra snacky, grab an order to kick off your brunch.
  • Doris D.
    Doris DaifOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing brussel sprouts, escarole salad and brocolli rabe. Burger, pork meatballs, and pork belly!!
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongAugust 27, 2011
    A great place for a conversation. Order a few small plates (the brussel sprouts) and any of their awesome cocktails.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 4, 2013
    Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton does a small plates-based bar and restaurant.
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergSeptember 9, 2012
    Try the Eggs Vanderbilt: Spinach, Spicy Hollandaise - Looked beautiful. My friend enjoyed them.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerMarch 9, 2014
    The brussel sprouts are as great as everyone says, as are the cottage fries. Be prepared for slow service, though.
  • BrooklynMuseum
    BrooklynMuseumDecember 11, 2009
    Staff Pick! Katie (Registrar's Office): Very smart décor and friendly staff. Delicious cocktails and great selection of beer. Well priced food for a special night out in Prospect Heights.
  • Troy P.
    Troy ParkinsApril 20, 2013
    Sit at the "Chef's Table" so you can see all the great concoctions!
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithDecember 1, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    get the crunchy pork rinds aka Oreilles de Christ (w/pique); get the AMAZING Brussels Sprouts (w/sriracha, lime, honey); get the Glazed Lamb Ribs (w/creamy polenta). digging this spot. Read more
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergSeptember 9, 2012
    Try the Beignet - Almost as good as Cafe du Monde in NOLA. Light & not too sweet.
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbyNovember 22, 2015
    Good service, lots of space for big groups, and good beer list. Veggie burger not recommended though
  • Vince M.
    Vince MatthewsJune 29, 2014
    Excellent! Sat by the grill , chef gave us complimentary deserts and other treats.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxOctober 11, 2015
    I am a bacon fan, but the breakfast sausage had a nice spice/sweet balance
  • Gabe D.
    Gabe DoroszSeptember 1, 2011
    Have the brat. It's amazing. Trust me, I'm Polish and from Chicago - I basically have a Phd in Sausageology.
  • Jacklyn G.
    Jacklyn GironMay 8, 2011
    Excellent Dogfish and Sixpoint on tap. Super tiny $23 hanger steak but certainly the best I've ever had.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzNovember 20, 2017
    A+ brussel sprouts. The Vanderbilt is also very tasty (and huge).
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 28, 2010
    Try the Duck Pate with Confit Gizzard- they brought it to Choice Eats last year and everyone loved it!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ClellandSeptember 17, 2014
    The veggie burger was amazing, good beer options too. And fast friendly service!
  • David B.
    David BrahlerDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a beer, a few $1 duck wings and hunker down at the bar for Monday Night Football.
  • Momo F.
    Momo FurudateAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yes yes brussels sprouts, and pork belly and mussels! Let the bartender concoct a drink for you -- haven't had a bad one yet!
  • Lala V.
    Lala VaraAugust 1, 2017
    Bourbon drinks are good as is cheese platter. Very friendly and attentive staff.
  • LC
    LCJanuary 14, 2012
    Great brunch value Saturday and Sunday $20 prix fixe with bloody mary or Bellini....
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DiChiaro 😎February 1, 2014
    Braised short rib dish and Brussels sprouts starters, do it.
  • Aya F.
    Aya FMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the counter, grab a beer, and chomp on the beef jerky.
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