The Wayfarer

4.2
777 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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wayfarer never disappoints. Had the braised short rib sandwich. Amazing.

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

Food was delicious, service impeccable, management stopped by our table to say hello, great atmosphere, cozy on a snowy Feb day!

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PA
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service was great but the music was way to loud for the small number of customers. It was distracting and hard to carry on a conversation.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Had brunch with a friend here. I was escorted immediately to a booth and ignored for 20 mins while I waited on my friend. I never even got water or anyone to ask if I wanted anything. I had to physically get up and tap a waiter to ask for water. I had called out for one multiple times and was ignored. When service finally came they forgot half our order, overcharged us twice and had drinks spilled on our table. The food was subpar and the service even more so. Will never return.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day, was great except they kept trying to give our food to ppl next to us

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OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Usually one of my favorite places but not a great experience on Valentine's Day. Service was disinterested and the pacing of the meal was all over the place. Forget about the waiter offering additional drinks or even water. Bread plates provided but no turnovers (although every other table was given them). They were probably overwhelmed by the crowd but really disappointed.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great lunch spot in midtown north. Menu variety is quite good and the staff is very accommodating.

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KM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service We will return on our next trip to NYC

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

So we stopped by for a late night snack and were overall disappointed. We were initially drawn to the restaurant by a few items on the menu online to only get to the restaurant to find out that they were no longer on the menu. The sauce* that came with the bread was an olive and rosemary concoction that was extremely bitter. This is also coming from someone who loves olives. The spicy tuna roll was so, so — nothing to rave about but not the worst. The consistency of the tuna and wasabi wasn’t the best either, which brings me to the “Broccamole.” While the ingredients look somewhat appealing in the menu “broccoli, avocado, almonds, peppadew peppers,” however all together it was probably the blandest guacamole dish I’ve ever had in my life.  The only thing that saves this dish was the lime on the side.  The chicken and dumplings were the best dish we had. While the plate could have been tad hotter temperature wise, the pairing on the blue cheese salad with the chicken dumpling was delicious. The hot honey is at the bottom of the dish which I missed with the first bite. While I understand why the honey was placed on the bottom of the plate, the honey could have also been served drizzled on top. So once again we stopped in for a quick bite to eat and drinks. Hopefully, their entrées are better. But overall this was a miss.

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice ambiance, if a bit dark. Could have had a better choice of too loud background music. Service was good.

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy the ambiance of this place. The food is good as well.

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SS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

So I have been to wayfarer with family friends at least 100x in the past since I live nearby. Let me start by saying out of all the prior times I only had one time I was annoyed...until today. I don’t know if it’s a new manager or staff (none of the regular folks except front desk did I recognize), but they were BLASTING this horrible music on a Saturday morning while trying to eat our brunch. If they do it again, I will just go back to Rue 57. Not only was the music loud, but it was a horrible station, none of the catchy tunes you’d normally hear. Food was yummy as always but we were definitely annoyed. Thanks!!

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Our server was particularly charming and attentive.

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JM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was “okay”.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Wayfarer its such a wonderful restaurant. The service is always great the ambiance and the food outstanding !!

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MH
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely Saturday brunch. Food and service was great.

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g
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another NYC eatery that would be the best restaurant in most other cities. Other than a bit too obtrusive music, the creative and plentiful meal was first rate.

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LM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the wayfarer. Never disappoints. Avocado toast is bomb!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely booth. And thank you for the cookies! We had a wonderful time.

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

The restaurant is perfect. special tastes and fancy cocktails!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live on the block. Just moved in. Loved it! Definitely will be regulars.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and vibe. Service was fantastic and the menu had great options for everyone. Great pre-theater option.

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DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food was good, the service was more than lacking. Very disappointed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a good experience, although there were some issues with service and communication, especially at first when we were handed the Restaurant Week menu, only to have it taken away by the manager (the server made a mistake). Sushi and other specialty items were good and it was a comfortable place to eat. Not a stellar night and probably not a place we'll return to.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amaaazing.

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine new American bold cuisine. Its the real deal ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always solid.

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RP
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wayfarer is a friendly spot with terrific flavors and drinks at a reasonable price. Plus, the location is terrific.

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This is a convenient spot for a business lunch. Tend to seat you right on time. I wouldn't recommended it as destination dining for anyone coming to the city but it's a decent option. The food is good, the vibe is nice and there are a variety of menu choices. On a recent visit for a business lunch, we were a little turned off when the server informed us that ordering sushi might cause serious delays in our meal, as there was a new sushi chef in training. She advised the other entrees would come first, and then sushi late. OK - so we changed plans. We ordered a guac/chips appetizer and salads. We were served our salads and then the appetizer came afterward. Made no sense and was a little frustrating. Suggest the restaurant figure out how to help the service work in an optimal fashion.

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D
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite NYC restaurant .
Local and welcoming .
Service is Aplus plus .
No rush ... nice house wines.
Recommend the Sea Bass.
You’ll go back !

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wayfarer has a wonderfully varied menu. This is my go-to lunch spot in midtown.

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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here often as it is a block from where we live. The food is uniformly very good. The service is mostly very good (it starts to show cracks when it’s very busy). The staff is always very, very nice as arecthe ladiescat the front desk. The warm chocolate chip cookies are a ten. The only place I can be critical is that it is a little expensive for what it is.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow - i only had 1 glass of wine over 2 hours and they were confused about the bill

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for the quality; mediocre service.

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f
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great looking room. Professional servers. Incredible food. Little pricey but this is New York and worth it.

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OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good!

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DT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was tasty, but the service was poor. After waiting for more than 30 minutes to get the waiter to come to us, we were told the house was too busy and they weren’t expecting it. He came back with a platter with cookies, which he said were on the house, as an apology, which was nice. But for our surprise, we were charged for them in the end!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The waiter was not very professional. It took us 40 min to get 2 glasses of wine and a cocktail. Our appetizer even came before our drinks and our waiter some some excuse that he can’t go behind the bar to do it himself. He was not attentive and rushed us to order at first to only then disregard our table later on. Food was sub par and way over priced. Will not been going back for dinner there ever again, it was a waste of time and money.

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

Outstanding food and they treated us to dessert because it was my dad's birthday. One of my favorite spots.

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Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good!

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