The Wayfarer

4.3
828 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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KJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AK
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday - great food and service

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RA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good

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G
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
45 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
10 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
30 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
2 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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OT
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
30 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service never disappoints. Another excellent experience!

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went here for brunch because it got good reviews and was close to our hotel. My husband liked his eggs benedict and my daughter got the bagels and smoked salmon plate which she said was fine. My omelet was the driest, blandest omelet I have had in a long time. At first I thought they had forgotten the cheese because it was sooo dry. The veggies were barely cooked. The servers were nice but we had to flag them down if we wanted anything; more coffee, more hot water, ketchup for the potatoes, salt & pepper for by bland omelette, etc.

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TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the menu online was not the menu in house. Service was mediocre for the price.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was a real let down. From the moment we walked in the staff were unfriendly and uninterested. I assume it was because we were tourists - when I said I had a booking the hostess looked shocked... The food was the biggest disappointment from the night. The fries were obviously cooked in old oil as they were soggy, dark brown in colour. This place is not cheap yet they can’t even nail the fries... We also ordered the lobster roll (tasteless, rubbery and smothered in sauce to hide the poor quality lobster), Mac and cheese (basically short rib and some pasta, overloaded with truffle oil to try substitute the lack of task) and the rissotto (our mistake, should never have ordered this at an “American” style restaurant. Overall, we were serverly dissaappointed with the food and the service. Would not recommend this place to my worst enemy.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic fantastic service and the food and cocktails were amazing. our server was AWESOME.

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MP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The environment is informal and welcoming. Lovely meal

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j
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had been to the wayfarer several years ago for a quick bite and staying at 57 West right across the street decided to make it part of our anniversary celebration. So glad we did. Wonderful table, complimentary bubbly, and great food, all made for a five star experience. They even rectified a mistake with the salad by not charging for it even though we went ahead and ate it. My wife lost her eyeglass/cellphone case and they searched high and low for it. To no avail, but they tried and called the next day to tell us it never showed up. Really like this place.

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JG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab brunch, I ate entirely too much and then couldn’t properly do my afternoon workout...but totally worth it!! Also, Alex was a simply smashing server ;)

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j
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Recommend burgers were overdone with no inquiry from server, but great fries. Services was extremely slow particularly drinks. Would not recommend or go back

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LC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant is ok if you like food fast. I personally like to relax between each course unfortunately that was not the case with this restaurant. Also my husbands pork chop was over cooked it was replaced, but I was finished my meal by the time he got his back.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant but very expensive. Great food

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bacon & unsweetened Matcha latte.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lobster roll was very tough . Would not order. Our first bad food experience after many delightful dinners at the Wayfayer.
Service excellent.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

It might be because we were tired but there were just a couple of things that just weren’t up to par for a place that seemed to be a place to get some great food. First, the service was, at best, mediocre. Inattentive at times and at other, didn’t seem to even want to be there. Next is the food. Burger and fries were burger and fries...nothing wrong there. The steak (filet) was adequate, however the seasoning wasn’t as described and the sauces weren’t the ones that were included on the menu. This wouldn’t have been a problem if our waiter would have made time to see if there was anything he could do. Oh, I also ordered the charred brussel sprouts but they came out not even close to being charred but were instead quite soggy. Seriously, once I tried one of those, it almost took an entire beer to wash that taste out of my mouth. In the end, if you have another option, take it.

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m
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Still prefer restaurants with nice tablecloth, the food was from lunch menu, chocolate hazelnut cake was outstanding

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