While We Were Young

4.8
219 Reviews
$30 and under
American
While We Were Young serves healthy, contemporary American cuisine and craft cocktails in a chic and fun setting. Designed after the owners love for surfing, the front bar resembles a wave, the back bar features cutout surfboards in walnut, and the dusty pink banquette references the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 219 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOritW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant. Wonderful service. Delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome everything: Stellar drinks, the food was Awesome as was the service!

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vipWendyBee
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a sweet spot to celebrate Sunday Brunch. Handcrafted cocktails were so fun and creative to compliment the menu. A place we will return again and again to try another menu speciality.

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vipMelindaT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Awesome! Great wait staff and food!

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Maria
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and the host/server had a warm and fun personality that lifted the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday brunch this past weekend. Everything was amazing and memorable - great cocktails, food, and atmosphere! Service was amazing! Highly recommend!

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AshleyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The service was great and the food was delicious despite a very small choice selection. Would recommend!

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vipOritW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! We were 4 people who each ate something different and everyone loved their selection.

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AngeE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most wonderful service. So cute and cozy. 10/10 would return.

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ScottT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambience. Fun servers. Would go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and food were absolutely incredible!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delish (slightly overpriced) food and drinks. Great spot for people watching and the staff are great.

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JinM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much. The food is amazing and Stephen is the greatest. They play great music and the drinks are delicious. GO HERE NOW!!!

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SeyramD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was amazing. I will definitely be back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aesthetically pleasing! Great food! Great drinks! Great service! What else can you ask for.

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vipmelissa1976
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh the food was so delicious our waiter Steven was so nice
the owner I forgot his name, but he’s so nice and friendly he came outside talk to us for a little bit what a great atmosphere such great people love it love it love it it’s one of my new favorite places

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the experience from the service to the drinks and the food. Definitely will be back again soon.

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Yolo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing server and the bartender was super friendly too. Had an amazing time there.

JM
JaclynM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, everything was cooked perfectly. The drinks were amazing!!

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Lolo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service here is incredible, the drinks are adorable and delicious, and the food is wonderful!!! We will be back soon!! ❤️❤️❤️

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NicoleK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in NY. I just wish there were more food options for brunch. An eggs Benedict would make the menu perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible cocktails, well done food menu, and even better service. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the aesthetic, our sever was great, and drinks are worth the price. Great for girls night dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my mom as she was visiting for the weekend, and we had a fantastic time! The service was truly impeccable, everyone was so friendly and the food and drinks were delicious!! Amazing experience for the both of us!

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vipTricia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and great food. Would recommend to friends!

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PSim
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and the server; Stephen was amazing! He answered all my questions about food choices So caring and nice! The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were phenomenal, food was great, and was perfect for a date spot. The portions were a little small for the price point, but overall we had a wonderful time there and would go again for sure!

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GilB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! Recommend chicken and waffles and the burger. Cocktails are very good, too. We were there in early November 2020 and I wish they had heating lamps for outdoor dining.

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SarahC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service and food! drinks were super cute but expensive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service and the drinks were very strong just a little over priced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and inventive cocktails!

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ach3210
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and the cocktails were some of the best I’ve had in a while. A little on the pricier side but worth it!

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SarahE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Drinks were delicious, food was great, and service was spectacular! Must visit in NYC!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had to wait for a table despite reservation. Have to buy food as well -- can't just go for drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Cocktails and food were great. We dined outside due to the pandemic restrictions, and unfortunately some places just aren’t in areas where that’s a great experience. We were right next to a heavily trafficked bike path, bikes were constantly whizzing by and runners passing right by you - plus ubers constantly pulling up and idling at the curb. Looking forward to going back when we can eat indoors and explore the full menu.

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MSavi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Small menu with a good variety of options. The food was well prepared and had lots of flavor. The tables were properly distanced.

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Vrgoodness
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and drinks. Great value at a good price.

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Reviewer
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Overpriced, small portions & burnt food. Good for instagram.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Big on ambiance. Food was good and not too pricey. Drinks were unusual and delicious but that did bring cost of meal way up.

SM
vipSydneyM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were delicious and the service was great!

FAQs

While We Were Young offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 675-6272.

While We Were Young is rated 4.8 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.