The Wayfarer

4.5
661 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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
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

What 661 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty but lukewarm. My sister’s pancackes were barely lukewarm so we sent them back. After waiting 15 minutes, the server brought out a new plate, which also was barely lukewarm.

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RR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went for breakfast on Saturday. Waited for 10 minutes in a mostly empty dining room after being seated for our 9:30 reservation. We asked the host if we might see a waiter. Waiter was apologetic and seemed to have only one other table. After giving him our order, he checked back twice to confirm my omelet order. Nothing complicated, just spinach and cheddar. Coffee took another 5 minutes! We watched as table after table of guests who arrived after us received their order. We asked two passing waitstaff for coffee refills with no result! Order arrived 20 minutes later stone cold! My omelet had ham in it instead of cheddar....still no coffee. We asked for the check. They did not charge us for the cold food, just the coffee and fruit. Not sure what caused such a perfect storm of bad food and service.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the atmosphere surprisingly. It as noisy as I expected. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Construction in the restaurant during meal.

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AE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A decent spot as a midtown reprieve. The food is always decent and the vibe is always good. The service has been consistently sub-par. The wait-staff seems to handle more tables than they are able to accommodate, so expect to see your waiter once a blue moon.

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Local gem. Consistent service and great options. Would not consider it for special occasion but everyday dining — absolutely. Amazing shrimp cocktail)

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5
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This is usually my favorite neighborhood restaurant. We go often. Tonight, when they were not busy, the g=food was not up to the usual standards, and the service was dreadful. They forgot to bring the appetizers, and were3 incredibly slow in all courses. They need to not repeat this performance, or they will lose regular customers.

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, especially the beef tartare sushi roll

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been to The Wayfarer a few times now. I have loved everything I've eaten every single time. I love that their chefs are creative with their vegetarian options (hello, beet wellington!). It is a very open space, so it can be a little noisy at busy times. There are great windows to watch people walking along 6th Ave. I've brought friends and family here for brunch and dinner, and they have all been very pleased with their experiences. We will certainly be back again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Breakfast is good and environment reasonably quiet

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I
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced for the taste and quality. Service was good about replacing an item when the side dish was over salted.

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JO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is in that Midtown crossroads of a tourist wasteland and corporate jobbers intersect. It’s perfect for a pre-Carnegie Hall show dinner or a business lunch. It’s quite roomy and the decorations is the typical mid-century mainstream that’s so popular right now. Food is fine but don’t go out of your way for it - their poke bowl is over $25. Prices are very expensive but you’re paying for location here.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Wayfarer seems to be back on track after a period of challenges. Service was excellent tonight and food was good as always. I'll be back!

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My husband and I went here for our anniversary and were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" at the door, two complimentary appetizers, and a candle in our dessert. The food was SUPERB and our waiter was very patient and kind. A very special and wonderful experience all around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Not great service

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RD
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always reliable. Excellent service and attentive management

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LG
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I would not recommend this restaurant. I made reservations for Brunch and when we arrived we were seated at the most hidden part of the restaurant, next to the waiters station for placing orders and below steps to the hotel above---even though it did have a window view of west 57th! The middle and back part of the restaurant was much more elegant and lively. After 10 minutes the waiter had not arrived and I caught eyes with the hostess who signaled to me it would just be a few minutes longer to be served. Another waiter came by and said, he was not our waiter, yet he would get us started. That was the start to realizing our waiter was a social butterfly with all his co-workers---just not his customers. Every time you saw him he was chatting with the hostess, playing catch with a bunch of napkins with the busboy, chatting about how sore his legs were and sharing jokes with his co-workers---anything but being attentive to his tables--or at least ours! We finally ordered and then when our food arrived and was delivered by another staff person, it took another 10 minutes for him to check in with us. I wanted extra Avocado for my Huevos Rancheros and said I would pay for it. He simply walked to the station and put in a side of avocado. I wanted the avocado to eat with my eggs, not as a dessert! After 12 minutes and after I had finished my breakfast, the avocado arrived. I sent it back. If I waited for it, I would have eaten with cold eggs. He had no sense of urgency or customer service to go back and get the damn avocado from the kitchen so I could finish with my eggs. He just socialized the whole 12 minutes until another server delivered the avocado. When we asked for the check, it came right away. It took another 12-15 minutes for him to retrieve it with our credit card---again, socializing vs. paying attention to his customers. The food was good, not great. The service and leadership to allow him to carry on like he did, is unacceptable.

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciated really the offered customer service ‚locally when we arrived’. We celebrated our wedding and asked for a nice table. Unfortunately, via E-Mail we did not get some help to get a nice table arranged but at the restaurant one day before the service person ensured a nice table in the corner. Finally, they made it great. Thanks!

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited The Wayfarer twice during our stay in New York for breakfast and then an evening meal.

The breakfast was absolutely lovely with great flavours. The evening meal was expensive but the ambience and overall taste of the food made up for the wallet burning costs. The Prosecco (by the glass) was overly sweet and not very nice, tasting like a cheap sparkling wine, which I substituted for a glass of Cava instead which was much better.

Great place and a pleasant vibe inside - highly recommended.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place! Really liked the variety of the menu. The food was just what we expected. Drinks were excellent too!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

I ordered skirt steak. They brought it out sliced . They didn’t give it a chance to rest first. The plate was extremely bloody. They questioned why I sent it back to be replated

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J
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely atmosphere
The sushi was really good

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Lots to choose from. Nice atmosphere. Had reservations but arrived early. Had no problem being seated. Very accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks

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MK
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good food overall.
, service was spotty, maybe the server has a bad day, we will be back.

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UL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice service and good food. The music was great but didn't match the decor or style of the place. A little too energetic (like an 80s disco).

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VM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service - were staying at the Quin - we went for breakfast - by the time we got it, the food was cold (oatmeal, toast) , did not bring milk for coffee - asked 3 people before the 4th brought it.

The waiter did send back my husband's breakfast and rectified it but we had wasted about 40 minutes waiting ....

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GS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, Wayfarer was wonderful! The food was delicious and creative. Service was very good. I will return and recommend it to others.

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WD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there because it was across the street from our hotel and it looked nice on the outside, cool decor, nice signage (even though there is construction scaffolding around it for a project above them). We were seated immediately as we arrived just before the dinner rush. Our server was a perfect gentleman, the view of the city streets outside was exciting and the happy hour crowd inside was buzzing. The options on the menu were current, new American cuisine with plenty to satisfy all appetites and tastes. We started with a raw platter that was full of fresh, briny oysters and clams with a great mignonette. The chilled shrimp were cooked perfectly and generous in size while the lobster salad was the best that I had ever tasted and served in a lobster shell. Our entree was a plate of beautifully seared diver scallops accompanied by a swiss chard tortellini and a hash of crispy pork belly, pine nuts, parmesan, and sauteed rhubarb. it was outstanding. So much so that out of all of the restaurants available in Manhattan, we returned the next evening! It may seem pricey by average North American standards but it is comparable in price value to other world cities like Toronto, London, Amsterdam etc. My wife and I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. Enjoy!

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BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was there for breakfast on a Monday - didn't need reservation. Brioche egg sandwich and avocado toast were delicious. Wish they had a few brunch items available, - chicken and waffles would be great on a weekday!! Location was nice and close to Central Park - unfortunate subway construction obstructs their view on one bank of windows. Great food!

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AP
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All good food, wine and service to my liking.
Keep it up

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MK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Really mediocre food! First time dining, and what a dissapointment. Cheese bread and appetizer salad were pretty good, but the main course not so much. We ordered salmon well done, and it was still row and very salty. Chicken entree ended up to be a salad, I didn’t expect that. I wanted to try a new place, but I will not be back to the Wayfarer.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and memorable. The oysters were excellent and our filet mignon perfectly cooked. The creamed spinach and bacon while a little salty was a winner. Thumbs up!

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WH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was crowded but food was very mediocre. Have been there several times but this time for those prices and crappy food, I won’t return. I had the Chicken paillard salad. Basically tasteless for about $28. A lot of better places in the neighborhood.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to The Wayfarer during Restaurant Week - Lunch was very, very good. Selections, although few in number, were varied enough for everyone. LOVED the dessert! - "Cookies and Milk."

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their customer service was great! Decor is fun and colorful! The food was delicious!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, average service, small portions, left hungry.

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DW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
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
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
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
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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