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$20 for $40 Worth of Contemporary Cuisine
Dressed to the nines for a night at this throwback speakeasy, guests swill cocktails such as the scotch-whiskey Penicillin ($12) and dine on contemporary dishes such as the bourbon-brined Porky Primo roasted loin ($18) or the cast-iron blacked Sinister salmon ($18). Dinner is served on Tuesday–Saturday; see the full menu.
Unknowing passersby often overlook the inconspicuous entrance to Vanity due to its clever—albeit anachronistic—disguise as a telephone booth. A tribute to the profusion of speakeasy clubs that popped up in the Prohibition era, Vanity decorates its posh interior with black-and-white photos, vintage-inspired décor, and coat racks that look suspiciously like undercover cops.
However backwards-looking the décor, the menu reflects ultra-contemporary tastes with its mix of New American and Italian flavors. A selection of starters—aptly named "temptations"—include Italian eggrolls stuffed with shaved cold cuts, and "Vanity plates" include such colorful dishes as the Double Cross Delmonico rib-eye steak. Like any respectable speakeasy, Vanity features a lengthy drink menu with elderflower-flavored cocktails, sugar-rimmed martinis, and gin and tonics garnished with fresh eviction notices.