While We Were Young

4.8
201 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 201 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SeyramD
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
3 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
1 review
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
3 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
2 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
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!

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
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.

OT
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
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
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.

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vipSydneyM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were delicious and the service was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Not many food options

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MayaC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to dinner with my brother and sister. Everything was delicious! We each had a drink and the prix-fixe dinner. My sister said it was one of the best burgers she’d ever had, and my roasted squash appetizer was amazing. Would recommend for date night or a special occasion. It’s a small space so not a good idea for large groups. But we had a great experience.

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MeikeK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s been way to loud for such a small place and the coffee options could be better but we enjoyed our stay.

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CollM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s super cute and the food is absolutely amazing!

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vipClaudiaQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a place that was so beautiful, the food, drinks, and service were also wonderful!

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vipsoleluna
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Delicious drinks and appetizers. Entrees were just OK. Service was wonderful. Very tiny place and you must be comfortable with people bumping into you. Other than that, it was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to While We Were Young on Saturday afternoon for a brunch. The ambience was absolutely amazing. Everything we ordered tasted fabulous. I highly recommend the chicken and waffle. The cocktails are too die for. They are so pretty and yet delicious. We are coming back here this month again for sure!!

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vipStylista2000
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere - gorgeous, friendly bartender. Adorable little spot.

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JulieK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the aesthetic, food and workers at this restaurant!!! Everything was perfect, definitely coming back :)

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AlanaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced. Small portions. Expensive wine. Wouldn't go back

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vipSamanthaD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect little place for brunch! Restaurant is much smaller than it looks online so you will end up sitting very close to your neighbors, but still such a great spot. Very aesthetically pleasing, great for the perfect instagram.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was amazing and the decor was cute!

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KatiB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

$45 for entree and appetizer was good but drinks and anything other than the $45 special is extremely overpriced. Cocktails are good and come in cool glasses but not worth the $18 per drink. Overall the vibe is really cute and great for girls night but it is a bit overpriced.

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 201 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.