The Wayfarer

4.4
844 reviews
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American
The Wayfarer opened in 2014 and is a bi-level Classic American grille located on the bustling corner of 57th street and 6th Avenue just below Central Park. The diverse artisanal menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients. The menu is complemented by custom cocktails created by award-winning mixologist, Christian Sanders, of Evelyn Drinkery.

The Wayfarer's interior, designed by the award-winning Meyer Davis Studio Inc , evokes a feeling of “old meets new,” drawing inspiration from the 1970’s blended with the classic New York of the 1800’s. The multi-leveled restaurant offers the choice to observe passerby's on the main floor by our open cafe glass windows or enjoy a cocktail in our upstairs lounge.
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Sun 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Not a tremendous amount of options on the menu, but the food was good. Staff was very nice. We went on a Sunday night so it was quiet which was welcomed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch.

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B
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

My boyfriend and I came here for a nice birthday dinner. The food was decent, but the service was terrible. We waited over 30 minutes to order, and that was only after we asked a busboy to find our waiter. Our food arrived quickly, but our waiter never came by to check on us, ask if everything came out correctly, or see if we wanted to order additional drinks. Once the busboy cleared our plates, we sat at the empty table for another 10 mins before we flagged down our waiter again to ask for the check. The floor manager was out checking in at every table, but never came to ours, otherwise I would have made him aware of the situation. The other tables around us appeared to have similar experiences as I saw multiple groups complaining to the manager. I will give props to the busboy staff, they made sure our plates were cleared promptly and we never ran out of water. For as expensive as this restaurant was, I expected a much better experience.

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BH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive and quick. Great for lunch meetings.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in New York. Outstanding food and cocktails, great ambiance, lots of space so you're not crammed in. Highly recommend.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Downtown vibe in Midtown. Excellent decor with plenty of space between tables. Service was a bit lagging, but friendly. Great place for both business or social lunch, dinner or drinks!

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ordered a shrimp cocktail and the truffle fries and they forgot the fries...wasn’t a complicated order. Overall it was a nice place

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g
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We are not sushi people but I understand that is very good. I had shrimp cocktail and California Rolls, both of which were excellent--I am picky about the way I like my shrimp cooked. My husband had the pork chops which he said was just about the best he has tasted (except the ones I cook!). Our companions had lobster roll and vegetable risotto, I think. Everybody was very pleased with their meal. The service was good as well as unobtrusive. The noise level was a little high considering we were visiting with friends we hadn't seen in a year. But it was workable. We would definitely go back!

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M
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service - excellent. Love the popovers!
FYI . Rue 57 across the street won’t take Open Table reservations for 1 person - their loss Wayfarer’s gain.

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and service. I’ve had the best chicken and the sushi was also good

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LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The avocado toast is always excellent. Even at 1130am the sushi was out of this world. Absolutely love this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it!! I eat here every second day it is like my second home- everzbidz is friendly and nice and the food ist just great!! Trz the fries ans mayo with truffle.. Window was broken- a bit cold.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friends in from out of town.

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DD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

After making a reservation several weeks in advance, we arrived at the restaurant 4 of us a bit early and the other 2 about 10 minutes behind us, the reservation was for 2 pm for 6 people, they told us at 2pm they would seat us at the next available 6 top...we sat at the bar and had drinks and went back 3 times to reception as it was 2:30 and we were seeing many empty tables. Finally at 2:40pm after pointing out to the hostess that the table they were preparing for us was ready we were seated. Service was terrible.
We had to ask for someone to take our order, at one point the hostess said the problem was that all of the waitstaff wanted to close there stations. I was a waitress when I was younger, I was a hostess when I was younger and this was ridiculous, was there no manager? We had the pastry basket, but my husband wanted to regular bread, not sweet bread....the waiter explained that they normally did not serve this during the day but that they were making it and to please be patient...the food came and the bread never did. We never asked to see a manger, because it was a holiday and we were enjoying ourselves and the food was delicious. My question I guess is was there a manger on duty, if so they must have asleep in the office.

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KJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, one of our group received her entree after the rest of us were halfway finished with ours. We were told that only 3 of 5 servers showed up for work on Easter Sunday.

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K
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server was extremely slow. Took three times to get the correct drinks delivered to our table. Server also wasn’t very attentive, water glasses were empty. Overall just ok experience.

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LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always amazing. Great food and superb staff.

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AK
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday - great food and service

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RA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good

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G
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent spot for before or after the theatre. Menu selection is very good, service first rate.

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LW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid but uninspiring. This restaurant was close to our hotel and had an opening before our show, plus our daughter wanted a steak. The food was competent and well prepared, but not special -- the chef didn't really seem to have a point of view. The waiter discouraged my husband from ordering sushi (what he really wanted) because "it's not enough for a meal". We saw other sushi plates, and it would have been perfect for him. The restaurant is very comfortable and pleasant inside, and staff is professional.

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m
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Seat ( bench) was not comfortable . No table cloths.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! The staff were professional and friendly and the food was great! I left my cell phone there and they were prompt in helping me find it and I was back on my way!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was very slow
Food was mediocre
Cost was high

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast - yum!!

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

When you pay around $50 or so for a sirloin or rib eye steak without any accompaniments whatsoever then you at least expect the steak to be of a standard befitting the reputation of New York. Sadly this was not the case. Any flavour just seemed to be in the charred surface and the sirloin consistency was pretty dry even for a medium finish. The rib eye was slightly less dry which you might expect because of the cut and the medium-rare finish but even so I've had better flavour and texture from well known chain restaurants in the UK. Whem I visit New York I expect something much better than that - especially when a meal for 3 with no wine and just two starters set us back around $240! It is true that this was not exactly my first choice of restaurant but picked due to haste, so hopefully does not reflect NYC steak reputation in general. Anyhow my advice - don't go there for steak

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Impeccable service & great simple food.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much!! Had an amazing girls lunch. The space is beautiful and the food SO GOOD. Will be back soon.

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TK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent spot for brunch. Ambiance, great food, perfect midtown location.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, helpful staff. Very good selection of food that is really well prepared. Celebrated a special occasion there and the staff were excellent at helping us mark the occasion. Highly recommended.

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AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place I like to visit for a relaxed quiet business breakfast from time to time.

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LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Food and service is always exceptional!

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BR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They didn't have the items that were listed on their menu online.

The restaurant was pretty empty (Monday night)

The music was so loud...we asked them a few times to lower it and they did a little.

Service was slow and sloppy

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambience at Wayfarer was very nice. My order was messed up but the server was very attentive to remedy the situation which I appreciate. We were verbally informed about children's specials for my 7 year old, who ordered the kids pasta. When the bill came, that pasta was $17, which is a ridiculous price for a kids serving of pasta with butter and parmesan on it. Otherwise, everything else was ok.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and seating in banquet. Service efficient and polite. Generous portions.

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AK
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food and the restaurant is laid out nicely

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were exceptional

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Gen lugar de comida americana. Gran ambiente y comida.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service, servers, and look of the restaurant were all great. Went for brunch and the food was fine. Taste was fine, presentation left plenty to be desired. For the price I’d go elsewhere.

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LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service never disappoints. Another excellent experience!

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