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The Whitby Bar and Restaurant

4.7
4.7
851 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Thank you for choosing The Whitby Bar & Restaurant, We look forward to welcoming you.

Live Jazz at the Whitby Bar is returning every Friday night from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy classic Negroni cocktails as you listen to live jazz music from The Sam Taylor Trio.

For our Afternoon Tea service, please call & reserve 24 hours in advance. To confirm your afternoon tea reservation, we require a credit card for our cancellation policy. Should you cancelled within 12 hours before the booking, a $25/pp cancellation fee will incur.

The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, inside the Whitby Hotel located in the heart of upper Midtown, offers modern American food in a uniquely eclectic setting. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, International, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Fri 1:30 pm–4:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Live Jazz Fri 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (646) 928-4207

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Paris

  • Private party facilities

    The Whitby Hotel has three individually designed private rooms which are flexible in format and are ideal for a wide range of events. There is also a state-of-the-art screening theater seating 130 people. To enquire about an event please email: events@thewhitbyhotel.com

  • Private party contact

    Katina Sosa: (212) 586-5656

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Cross street

    56th street between 5th and 6th Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    N R W to 5th Ave/59th Street<br />F to 57th Street

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea at The Whitby Hotel

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at The Whitby Bar for a delicious Afternoon Tea served in the colourful restaurant or the elegant Orangery. Served on Kit Kemp's beautiful Sailor's Farewell Wedgwood china, enjoy delectable finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon and crème fraîche, a selection of mouthwatering cakes including red velvet macarons and pear and ginger layer cake, as well as homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves. $65 per person or $85 including a glass of Pommery Brut Apanage NV. For our Afternoon Tea service reservations , we ask you to please cancel your reservation by 10pm the day prior, We have a 10 minute grace period in case you are running late. Please call 646-928-4207 If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

What 851 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TS

    TitainaS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had afternoon tea, was an amazing experience and the decor was stunning.
  2. JP

    JamesP

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at the Whitby is always a delightful experience. The ambience is the right amount of changing and welcoming and the service is impeccable.
  3. DG

    DavidG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an awesome time at the Whitby Bar and Restaurant. I would definitely encourage everyone to experience afternoon tea there. It was amazing. The service was prompt and professional. The teas were outstanding. I will definitely return to enjoy the experience once again very soon.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and atmosphere! The live jazz on Friday evening was amazing and enhanced an already spectacular venue.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good breakfast
  6. r

    robina

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I love Firmdale hotels and restaurants. This was my first time to the Whitby Bar and it just was not as good as other Firmdale restaurants. Food quality was ok - a bit bland and the salad was over dressed.I will try again. Perhaps it was just a bad day,.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was up to standard except the food which was not up to the normal high standards.
  8. NY

    NYguy212212

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Room and food were great. Service was pretty bad. We had to wave down a server to get water, then to order coffee, then to order food, then to get dessert menu, then to order dessert. Where is management?
  9. RM

    RaineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time with friends. Looking forward to returning.
  10. AC

    AdelCM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The food for afternoon tea was adequate. The restaurant itself is one of my favorite spaces; the decor is interesting and vibrant. But the service was abysmal. The host took us into a room where only one table along the banquette was occupied. He then attempted to seat us at the adjacent table, a mere few inches away. It would have been awkward at any time, but this was during a pandemic, too. He moved us to a different table, but later the hostess questioned what we were doing there because her chart showed it should be empty. But the worst part? After the tea was delivered, we were ignored. Well, at one point a waiter refilled our water glasses with still water, even though our still half full bottle of sparkling water was sitting on the table. We finished eating and sat for literally an additional 40 minutes waiting for the check. A couple at another table, who arrived after us but were served first, were given their check. But the wait staff looked at us blankly, even when we made eye contact. Eventually people arrived for the dinner service - and still we were just waiting. We weren’t in a hurry so didn’t make a fuss. And I still tipped over 20% because I am aware of how hard service workers work. But it was a very strange experience.
  11. CG

    CG2013

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    I travel to New York regularly and this brunch was the worst service I’ve received anywhere in the city. Our server disappeared (we were late told he “went on break” after he took our order!) and we had to hunt for someone anytime we needed even the most basic thing like more water. It took so long that our coffee got cold even in the pot, and when we asked them to refresh it they charged us for a second pot even though it was their fault we needed more. And, despite plenty of available tables and without asking or telling us, they seated us at a table where the jazz musicians would soon be setting up so close that one of them was basically back to back with us, and one of our guests had a hearing aid which would have led us to decline the table had we been told. It was a beautiful space, but I’ve truly never had worse service in the city than we did that day.
  12. JG

    JeffG

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. We will definitely be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The front of the restaurant was noisy because of music, the back room of the restaurant was beautiful and quiet. The price range shown on OpenTable for this restaurant is a three dollar sign ($$$) indicator, I think that it was in the four dollar sign ($$$$) range. A hamburger with fries is $32, the special of the day short ribs was $55. I had the hamburger, it was with onions that were unusually prepared, and I enjoyed the hamburger. The back room decor was unique, classy and very attractive, a treat in itself. The service was very professional and good.
  14. C

    Cavani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience for a couple of best friends to spend a nice afternoon at tea together while catching up. It was a first time for both of us and I’m truly glad to have made the reservation here! I will be back and big thanks to the staff for letting us get our picture on with the truly gorgeous space.
  15. M

    Mary

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had tea and it was great! The atmosphere is really lovely.
  16. C

    Chrissi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our first date here for drinks a year ago so we decided to return for dinner for our 1st anniversary. What a delight-- the staff was incredibly friendly, the food was delectable, and it's such a wonderful atmosphere. Would gladly recommend to anyone looking for a nice, upscale first date spot (and a lovely return for an anniversary or special occasion).
  17. V

    V777

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Atmosphere and service are great, food not so much. Overpriced also.
  18. W

    Whitby

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very solid, under the radar spot for a business breakfast. Convenient and centrally located.
  19. n

    njdiner

    New York Area

    178 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We love dining at the Whitby Hotel bar. It is relaxed and pretty. The hostess was very nice and we were seated right away. The server was polite but perhaps new? There was some mix ups in serving appetizers but this was corrected promptly with a nice apology. The food is very good and so are their drinks. We will return as usual!
  20. NY

    NYCGourmand

    New York Area

    205 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It succeeds at what it wants to be: a nice place for afternoon tea at $60 a head minimum.
  21. P

    Pickynotpretentious

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The Whitby is beautiful and the service impeccable. The food, however, was not up to the locale. Although the sandwiches were tasty, the scones were so dense I could barely eat them, and the desserts were frozen and thawed. They were also out of the “special unicorn “ tea.
  22. AM

    AlexME

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming to this special place. They are overly accommodating. It was my sons birthday and they made him feel extra special. Love the setting, the food and the service. There is no better hotel chain anywhere!
  23. h

    halohugs

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pinkies up! Afternoon tea service was a delight, from the perfectly shined silverware, thin delicate china, and glossy glassware, to the warm, freshly baked scones, delectable tower of treats, and gracious waitstaff. We enjoyed the relaxing quiet in a room with plenty to admire. On top of it all, the chef sent out a celebratory chocolate marvel for my child’s special occasion, complete with tiny flowers and a congratulations sign. When one pot of tea wasn’t quite to my liking, it was swapped for another at no charge. We left very satisfied, with a striped doggie bag and contented smiles. A perfect experience!
  24. SS

    StephenS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always yummy and A++
  25. KF

    KatherineF

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Would have preferred being sat in the prettier salon rather than near the bar. Food was fair and not as interesting or varied as other tea salons. Not worth 50/pp. However, the server was wonderful!
  26. R

    Raindrops

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding breakfast experience. Food is clean & great quality and is served in super fine English style China. Can’t wait to try afternoon tea!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Spent the afternoon having the “ tea experience “ with sisters and daughters. We had a lovely time. The decor was beautiful. The service was great. The food and tea were yummy.
  28. LY

    LYDIAG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Decor by Kit Kemp! From the fabrics to the China! Great menu! Wonderful service ! A great place to relax and have brunch ! Great for pretheatre ! They also have a great tea!
  29. CM

    CharlotteM

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our dining experience at The Whitby was mixed. While the food was very nice the service was lacking. We had discussed as a table that we were looking forward to ordering dessert later in the meal, but after our main courses were served and cleared, no one visited our table again. We weren't offered an additional drink, nor a dessert menu and had to ask for the check when walking to use the restroom. A shame as the food and atmosphere was lovely.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Just felt like doing afternoon tea, got the white peony tea and a hot chocolate + normal afternoon tea. Sandwiches were bad, scones and clotted cream were great, and desserts were alright. Tea was of good quality and the hot chocolate was bad. Service was hands off which I enjoyed as someone who was just there to take tea and read a book but I recognize that’s not for everyone and it did feel like they were trying to rush me out near the end. If you’re antisocial/just trying to read a book and take tea this is a decent choice.
  31. EJ

    EileenandJohn

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy to be at The Whitby - phenomenal staff, terrific food (and afternoon tea!) and simply the best atmosphere.
  32. MW

    MaryW

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    I come to the Whitby very often and yesterday the service was not as good as normal. It’s still one of my favorite places to go in the city in Midtown. It’s such a lovely venue.
  33. R

    River

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It is a beautiful space, well decorated, lively and fun. We had booked our reservation for afternoon tea over a month in advance, but it seems that we did not get one of the better tables in the back, away from the bar area. When we were seated, they provided us with the brunch/lunch menu rather than the tea menu, and the table did not have a table cloth. The tea service china was cute and lovely. The food was classic. The servers worked as a team which is always works more seamlessly. It is a more casual tea experience than I am used to, however, it was still a nice way to spend the afternoon.
  34. ND

    NeelamD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere but too expensive for brunch
  35. S

    Soizic

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff has been helpful, arranging and professional. I would come back and recommend your establishment in a heartbeat.
  36. LB

    LoraineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Whitby Bar never fails. It’s the proverbial oasis of graciousness, right in the heart of New York. The scones are this best on this side of the Atlantic. It’s the attention to the tiniest detail and the impeccable service which keeps me coming back here.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table was perfect, in the corner, not too loud. Very nice. The food was very good and they were able to accommodate one of the guests with an odd allergy…..onions. They were very nice about it.
  38. GB

    GBCDiner

    Dallas

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Whitby. The style and ambiance are amazing, the food delicious and service attentive. The menu has a nice selection of apps and entrees. Definitely will return.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service.
  40. ME

    MargaretE

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance ruled the visit. Food good too.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Whitby Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 851 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Whitby Bar and Restaurant

18 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    56th street between 5th and 6th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Fri 1:30 pm–4:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Live Jazz Fri 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, International, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    N R W to 5th Ave/59th StreetF to 57th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Paris

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (646) 928-4207

  • Private party facilities

    The Whitby Hotel has three individually designed private rooms which are flexible in format and are ideal for a wide range of events. There is also a state-of-the-art screening theater seating 130 people. To enquire about an event please email: events@thewhitbyhotel.com

  • Private party contact

    Katina Sosa: (212) 586-5656

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