The Vanderbilt

By Emily Pearlman

Aligned with the palates of the Brooklynites who frequent this hip Prospect Heights hang, The Vanderbilt prides itself on fastidiously fresh, farm-to-table, super-stylish small plates. Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton is certainly a charcuterie connoisseur, but he also coaxes colorful produce into unassuming, crowd-pleasing dishes that would make any finicky kid gobble his veggies sans bribery. Don't leave without an order of the warm lemon cake—strawberry shortcake-y with a biscuity crust and fluffy citrus center underneath savory, basil-flecked green Chartreuse ice cream.

the crowd

Low-key locals flock here on the weekend to escape the terrible twos for a date night or to celebrate a modest birthday with close friends.

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on the stereo
Retro gems like The Cure’s “The Walk” play faintly in the background.

Medium-high–ample chatter feeds a healthy dining room din.


dinner: Mon–Sun 5 PM–11 PM; Tue–Thu 5 PM–midnight; Fri–Sat 5 PM–2 AM
brunch: Sat–Sun 11 AM–3 PM

price range

$15 (hamburger) to $30 (wild king salmon)