An LES Monster from the Tao People

An LES Monster from the Tao People

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Tao Group + Chris Santos + Shepard Fairey + that massive space on Bowery that used to be the General and Finale = the thing you’re going to hear about today.

That’s Vandal, a palatial spot for eating and drinking lavishly, and dancing and whatever else. It’s got some big-dreaming names attached to it and it’s open now.

Let’s see how it adds up…

You’ll enter through an orchid-filled flower shop, continue through a brick tunnel and run into an enormous, break-dancing purple rabbit.

Not one, but all of those things are true.

The inside’s a labyrinth.

It’s a bi-level maze of dining areas, catacombs and private rooms.

And there’s street art everywhere.

From seven “vandals” who are pretty well-known in that world. Shepard Fairey got dibs on the Secret Garden.

Speaking of, there’s a Secret Garden.

It’ll be the sort of ivy-covered and twinkle-lit place to be when it gets warmer.

Under the ground is where the dancing happens.

As ever.

The food’s, well, all over the place.

Peruvian ceviche, sticky pork dumplings, a two-pound whole lobster

Drinks come sweet, savory or barrel-aged.

The La Palmitas, a Thai mezcal with lemon nectar and grapefruit beer, falls in the savory column. It’s a shockingly good column.

But about that break-dancing rabbit


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