While We Were Young

4.6
192 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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.8
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4.6
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
5 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
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
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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VivekG
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!

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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
8 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
12 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.

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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
10 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! I highly recommend the cocktails from their drink menu, each of which appear to come in glassware tailored to that particular drink. My honey drink arrived in a honey pot / beehive, while my wife’s apple cocktail came in a glass shaped like the fruit, complete with leaf garnish. The staff was incredibly friendly, so much so that we cannot wait to be back again.

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SaraS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Very small but we made reservations and got in early. Would definitely come back if visiting NYC again!

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NYC45
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Restaurant was amazing!!! Except the guy at the bar with the locks nd his bad attitude! Food was amazing and so was the waiter!

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RileyI
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The cocktails are great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Waiter was mean and poorly explained the 45 dollar min. Restaurant was super small.

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vipSamanthaA
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Honestly a bit underwhelmed by While We Were Young. The prix fix concept was cute, but no vegan entrees were listed (or offered). The drinks looks cute but small/over priced (not crazy for New York but still). Likewise the plates were small, just like the space. Cute decor and really great service but I’m just not excited to return anytime soon. Food was fine, but again small and $$$ for what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We accidentally made a reservation not realizing that for “just drinks” they take walk ins’ only. I noticed this day of, and the cancellation fee is $35/person within 12 hours of the reservation. We arrived early to explain the situation to the host who was really accommodating of us. We ended up staying for multiple cocktails and ordering the 3/$33 sides which were absolutely delicious. The bartender was fantastic. Great conversation and cocktails. Would definitely come back had such a nice time.

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MandesiaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Birthday and the Bartender surprised me with a dessert and candle, it was so sweet!

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StephanieP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the aesthetic in this place. It’s really small and intimate but great if you’re having a one on one with your girlfriend. Make a reservation especially for brunch!!! The brunch is so good and the drinks are sooo cute. My waiter accidentally gave me the wrong entree (and I forgot so I ate it) but it was still delicious! I mentioned it to them so that my bill wouldn’t have the wrong thing and they offered us a drink or food on the house so that we could leave happy. We asked for truffle fries and omg. Will be back for more!!

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Jessica
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was okay. Nothing crazy. Plus make sure you read their website “rules.” We just wanted drinks and appetizers to share and had to order $35 worth of food each... a shame. Probably won’t go back.

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HaileyM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and customer service. Very nice menu, too.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating my birthday brunch here! It’s a beautiful place that is very intimate as it only seats about 15 people at a time. Be sure your party arrives as close to on time as possible as they book tables on a schedule, and turn over tables every 1.5 hour or so. Drinks were beautiful and the food was tasty. The service was excellent. I would definitely visit again the next time I’m in NYC

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CatN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While We Were Young is a staple in my NYC brunching! The staff is so down to earth and instantly make you feel comfortable and welcome. The food is time and time again super delicious and flavorful. Highly recommended for all :)

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 4.6 stars by 192 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.