While We Were Young

4.8
237 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 237 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Karl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

did not have beer or esperesso.
Food was excellent. Vibe was great.

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LouisD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding - the food, the atmosphere, the wine, the service. One of the best restaurants in New York.

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ClaudiaE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, cozy but elegant! The food is outstanding! And the people… 💝💝💝💝

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this spot sooo much! Going to be a regular here!

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VanessaF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff - wonderful food - great dry martini

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Best brunch we’ve had in the city so far. Great service, tasty food. Cocktails were surprising & delicious. Highly recommend!

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krisarmani
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything! I definitely will be back again.

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ChristaP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful brunch had by all. Totally loved this place especially the cocktails. Will definitely go back very soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ny vacation brunch

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing drinks! Will definitely go back….

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vipAllysonG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were absolutely delicious and all of the food we had was great. The service was amazing! Super friendly and attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience and the cutest drinks !!! Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The restaurant put a 1.5 hour time limit and our party felt that we were being watched and rushed from the moment we got there. I would have liked to be able to enjoy each other’s company without feeling like we were a burden. I understand the restaurant wants more covers but it felt pushy.

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vipAndreaA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, service all amazing! Love this special little spot.

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EbonieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The drinks were very bland (even plain lemonade)and the bartender had an attitude when we sent them back. The menu had very limited options. However the burger was the best part of the brunch and made up for the entire experience. It’s a really small place which caused it to be very hot inside. The pictures definitely make the place more intriguing than it is. I wouldn’t return.

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itzbilly
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with super friendly staff. We had the spicy chicken dumplings, tuna tartare, chicken and waffles, avocado toast, truffle fries, cauliflower tots, "oh honey" cocktail, and the "like a bird" cocktail. Everything we ordered was delicious. The chicken (in both cases here) has a kick to it but delicious nonetheless.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food.

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vipOritW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant. Wonderful service. Delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipWendyBee
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Awesome! Great wait staff and food!

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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.

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

The cocktails and food were absolutely incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 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
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 237 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.