Navigating Dining – Spring 2021


Please note the indoor dining schedule below. Students should use Vassar Mobile and tap on dining to make a reservation.

  • Indoor dining for the 2nd & 3rd floors will begin February 17th
  • Indoor dining for the 1st floor will begin February 22nd

POD seating will be available with a maximum of 6 people per POD. Each student in the POD must make a reservation for a seat in Gordon Commons. Students are required to provide proof of their approved POD when asked by the dining staff.

Tables for POD seating are on a first come first served basis located on the 1st and 2nd floors.  There will be designated seating assigned for PODS on both floors.


COVID-19 has meant lots of changes for everyone around the world. We’ve modified dining service for your safety and are asking you to help in a few ways, too. As President Bradley stated, we precedes me!

Masks are required to visit any café on campus. Please have yours on before entering a café.
To support social distancing policies, all menu items will be provided for takeout. In-café dining is not available at this time but we will open indoor seating as noted above.. Please follow directional signage as you enter and exit Gordon Commons, The Retreat, and The Bridge.
We ask that you follow social distancing recommendations when in the café. Floor decals and other communications are in place to help guide you and others.
To limit contact between you and our cashiers, we encourage contactless payment/meal swipe in Gordon Commons, The Retreat, and The Bridge. In Gordon Commons, please swipe or tap your meal card yourself, peruse the menu, and then choose a line to stand in (6 feet apart, please!) – Grill, Global, Deli, Oasis, Home, Brick, or Kosher. Each line will have enough options, including side dishes, to make a complete meal.

What else can you expect when visiting the café?

    • Furnishings have been removed in some areas and rearranged in others to promote safe spacing in dining areas
    • We’ve added floor decals to take the guessing out of social distancing
    • We are enforcing handwashing and station disinfecting protocols every 30 minutes
    • All self-service stations have been eliminated…let us take care of it for you!
    • More sneeze guards have been added to keep you (and our staff) safe
    • Staff temperatures are taken at the beginning of each shift
    • All of our associates will be wearing face coverings
    • We’ve moved to disposable plates, bowls, and individually wrapped utensils
    • Utensils are offered to each guest individually
    • Hand-sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the café
    • Many menu items come individually packaged, and we’ve stocked additional grab & go items such as desserts, whole fruit, baked goods, etc.
    • Condiments are offered individually

Questions or concerns? We’re here for you.
Please email for assistance with Special Diets or Allergen questions.

Please direct all other questions to:

Steve Scardina, Resident District Manager

Teresa Quinn, Associate Dean of the College for Campus Activities or (845) 437-5374