The Wayfarer

4.5
624 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
6:30am-11:00am (Monday-Friday)
7:30am-10:30am (Saturday + Sunday)

Lunch:
11:00am-3:30pm (Monday-Friday)

Brunch:
10:30am-3:30pm (Saturday + Sunday)

Sunset:
3:30pm-5:30pm (Daily) --limited menu before dinner service

Dinner:
5:30pm-11pm (Monday-Wednesday and Sunday)
5:30pm-12am (Thursday-Saturday)

For parties over 7 please contact the restaurant directly.
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Phone number
(212) 691-0030
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Ave
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Parking details
Street parking available as well as several 24 hr parking garages nearby.
Central Parking:101 W 56th st or 58 W 58th st.
Quik park:9 W 57st or 125 W 58st.
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Public transit
TRAIN:
F (57st)
N,Q,R (57st/7av) or (5av/59st)
A,C,1,B,D (59ST Columbus Circle)
BUS:
M57
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Wayfarer also offers three private dining rooms designed for versatile seating combinations that can accommodate parties from 12 to 24 guests individually, or 72 guests combined.

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Sun 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Reviews from verified diners
624 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
65%
Very Good
24%
Good
7%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DW
New York Area
12 reviews
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I expected a better experience based on the location of the restaurant and reviews on Open Table. I anticipated an upscale venue with commensurate service and atmosphere. We arrived at 6:00 PM on a Saturday to find several tables filled with loud and ill-behaved children and bad rock music playing loudly from the ceiling speakers. Our waiter had a very hard time answering basic questions (including "how is the fish prepared in this dish?"). On the plus side, the food was good, especially the Raw Bar and Octopus appetizers.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as well as everything else. The booths are really cozy. The bar is also nice.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pork chop was excellent. Drinks were good. Service was good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space with a cool
Vibe. Nice touch to have GM go to each table and chat.

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J
St. Louis
15 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very professional staff. The food was very tasty, roast chicken and salmon. looking forward to our next trip to Hilton Club so we can visit Wayfarer again.

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n
New York Area
134 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wasn't sure about The Wayfarer because its in such a touristy area but it was surprisingly good. I even tried a few rolls and they were fresh and nicely prepared. Lamb burger, lobster burger, black bass al nicely done..

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M
Houston
22 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice decor, a mixture of old style steakhouse with modern fixtures and a good amount of soft light. The food was amazing, we had the NY Strip and roasted cauliflower - very good and perfectly cooked. also, the seared ahi was the other entree which was cooked rare to perfection. Waitstaff was attentive but not invasive. The cocktails we a little weak but still good. Overall, it's a very wide range of foods and styles the noise was at a pleasant level and service was timely and good. GO!

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D
Detroit
44 reviews
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First experience with this restaurant and a good one. Suggest the lobster and corn chowder and the bone in ribeye. Both very good.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calm. Good all around place to meet.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast place!! Was not busy- food was good.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I plan to go to this restaurant regularly, it had a creative menu and we enjoyed all the things we tried. In addition to the food it was a lovely ambiance, comfortable and with a lower noise level making it easier to chat! Looking forward to going back and trying more dishes

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pace. Good atmosphere. Kind service. Great food and cocktails.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
1.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Have had great experience before but today was a disaster. Waitress could not be bothered or found. Asked twice for a check from other staff and she still didn’t respond. We were obviously an annoyance.

Would have sent two orders back for missing items and cold food but waitress couldn’t be found.

Wont go back again anytime soon

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Food was okay. Cocktail I ordered was one of the worst I had ever tasted. Incredibly loud, unpleasant and unnecessary music made for a far from wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great overall lunch

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O
Phoenix
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, service and food!!

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UB
Birmingham
75 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We (2 of us) had Sunday Brunch on our recent trip to NYC. Service was good, food was good to excellent. (Great Bloody Mary, followed by Salmon Eggs Benedict & avocado toast with eggs; with a side of fantastic bacon; ) The only negative was that the large windows were open, so we were exposed to the smoke from every passerby that was puffing on a cigarette, despite not being at a table near the windows. This marred an otherwise excellent experience.

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A
Atlanta
49 reviews
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a return visit to Wayfarer for my annual visit to NYC. We came back for their amazing Lemon Blueberry pancakes. We were very disappointed that the lemon pancakes were replaced with just 3 little souffles, served cold. We were hoping to share like in the past, but there wasn't enough.
We also asked to have 2 other menu choices excluding certain ingredients, but were told for both, that it wasn't do-able since it was all pre-mixed. That narrowed our choices, so I ordered salad with dressing on the side; I had to wait at least 10 minutes for the dressing.
It was a very expensive brunch; disappointed in Wayfarer this time.

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Y
Seattle
47 reviews
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service is terrible and food is sporadic. We were staying at Quin Hotel so ate there a number of times. Very disappointing

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SK
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening celebrating a graduation.

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OT
Baltimore
73 reviews
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is an attractive restaurant with really good service. The food was good, but not great. The wine list is limited. However, the wines are very reasonably priced and are a good value. Overall, The Wayfarer is a good choice for a casual meal; perhaps, pre-theater.

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W
Washington DC
53 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to the restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. My husband had a steak done to perfection, warm pink center. I had one of their salads. They have a nice wine selection. Service was great. Will definitely go again next time we're in NYC.

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SL
New Orleans
1 review
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Seemed a little pricey compared to other restaurants of the same type. Overall, good experience not great.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ great food

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HD
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was very good. Warm popovers to start the meal were delicious, and the entrees were tasty and plentiful.

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RB
1 review
3.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought the food was ok but over priced. The restaurant played a very strange choice of music quiet loudly. Given what I paid for my meal, I really didn’t need this going on in the back ground. Not sure why music is needed at all in this context.

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San Francisco
56 reviews
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Awful. Won’t return.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
1.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We made reservations for 5 of us after walking around Central Park. We may not have been dressed in a suit and tie but we weren’t in sweatpants either. It felt like our server Muhammad judged us instantly as his service was very poor. He was more so interested in the tables around us since they were businessmen. Also, he was not very knowledgeable about the menu. I asked him about the sushi platter and he had no idea on the type of fish that came with the 8 piece nigiri. If we’re paying $30-$40 a plate, I’d assume the staff should know the menu inside out. To top it off, my husband ended up cutting his lips on a cocktail glass that had a chip and crack. Either the bartender or the sever should have caught that since the crack was about two inches and very noticeable. Muhammad apologized but shrugged it off like it was no big deal. Pretty sure it’s a big problem had my husband drank the piece of glass that was in the glass. He neglected to remove the drink and tried to make us pay for a drink that literally had a piece of glass until we pointed it out. Do not waste your time here to be treated like you don’t belong.

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mother's Day Brunch at The Wayfarer and it did not disappoint.
The Bloody Mary's were excellent to start and the coffee was nice and strong as well!
The Avocado Toast was a huge hit and the Brocamole was excellent too.
Our main courses were all great and the service was top notch!

I will be going back soon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The way staff was so distracted. Our server was talking with the hostess the entire time. Our drinks were never refilled. My mom’s sushi order couldn’t be made because the sushi chef wasn’t there, but we weren’t told until all of the other entrees at our table were brought out. It was extremely unprofessional.

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J
New York Area
74 reviews
4.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of wonderful choices
I want to go back for the BURGER
friends had the other burger choices

sushi, oysters
YUMMMMMMMMM

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, not out of this world and not bad either

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c
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was delicious and our server Mark was amazing, he made the experience so much more...explained everything to us and some of us may have drove him a little crazy and he was patient and so kind to us

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salad is so fresh ! Eggbenedict is so goood!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business meal or getting together after work!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, food is great and service is too. Clearly a very well managed operation. Great for taking my clients to—consistently excellent and they keep things moving so you can dine in 45 mins or an hour.

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J
New York Area
70 reviews
4.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great neighborhood restaurant
When it first opened it was disappointing
now its really found its footing
fun and not too loud
space between tables

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FF
Philadelphia
82 reviews
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After a visit to MOMA, I was able to quickly identify proximate restaurants with lunch/brunch openings. We were seated promptly and the brunch menu had a nice variety of breakfast and lunch items. We ordered a kale Chinese chicken salad and huevos rancheros. Both were very nicely presented and flavorful. They had very good coffee and promptly provided refills. The only problem was that, though I checked in properly, I received notification from Open Table asking if we had honored our reservation. It added some steps to the experience after the fact!

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Everything was just “okay”. I expected better cuts of meat and better service for their pricing.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is terrific; very nice venue; Ashley, who greets people at the front, always make a person feel remembered and welcome.

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