While We Were Young

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$30 and under
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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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4.6
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4.6
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KB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

SS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

RI
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The cocktails are great!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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

SA
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
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.

OT
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!

SP
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!!

J
New York Area
1 review
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.

HM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LM
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

CN
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 :)

RL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute! Nice ambience. The food was tasty, the drinks were even tastier!

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Pros: food is delicious, cute aesthetic, our server was nice
Cons: very strict about “standing photos” being taken (the restaurant was completely empty by the time we were leaving & the staff told us we couldn’t take one photo because I was standing in the way of service) it was kind of ridiculous, the space is TINY and you are basically sitting on top of the person next to you with no room to move, majority of waitstaff has an attitude which didn’t make for a pleasant experience. I left feeling pretty aggravated but at least I ate well.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all ... had a great date night . Keep up the good work . Put more braised short ribs on 😀

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great ambiance! Would definitely recommend.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for a girls night or a romantic dinner for two.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for brunch with my sister and cousins. The food and drinks were great, and the staff was really cool. The space is small but the decor and ambiance is beautiful!

EA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a place! The drinks are fabulous, the menu healthy and delicious, the staff could not have been better.

We loved this restaurant! Small and intimate.

A real find❤️

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming gem in NYC. This place came highly recommended by a coworker and it did not disappoint. We loved every detail. The color scheme and decor, the creatively curated drink menu and the charming glasses; the one shaped like a bird was absolutely beautiful. The food was amazing as well. Never thought I'd enjoy Kale Waffles but they were delicious.

MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing, food/drink was amazing, there was just a super loud party in at the same time

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really smart menu and BEAUTIFUL cocktails.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sweet spot in West Village.

ES
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

While We Were Young is a great spot for a gals night or a date. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and the drinks are fun and taste great. The employees there are so nice and very accommodating.

MS
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The food was delicious however was completely ruined by the fact we were asked to move 1 hour into our reservation immediately after our entree was cleared to a bar seat because they incorrectly seated walk ins. When we declined and said we would finish our last glass of our purchased bottle of wine and leave, 5 mins later they tried to move us again. We didn't even finish the wine. I'd you want fast dining then enjoy. If not go elsewhere where they respect a reservation and your business. They have a menu that is two courses and so if they cannot accommodate that they should re-think their business model. Unfortunately we would not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very friendly loved it will be back I was up there for my birthday

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! My new favorite spot.

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we were young was a great experience! The drinks and food were immaculate. The restaurant is pretty small though, that’s the only heads up I would give.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Attentive waiter. Lovely decor. Tiny space and severely overpriced.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Definitely go here, no questions asked. Everything about it is perfect. End of story.

SF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS!!!! Good quality food, beautiful and delicious cocktails, and friendly great service. Extremely pleased with our experience at While We Were Young.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sorta got yelled at by this manager for taking pictures lol there were a lot of people from different seat taking pictures but specifically yelled at us not other groups. Also felt like we could’ve only stayed for exactly one hour and half when we just ordered around round of drinks so we had to chug our cocktails and left

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed it!

LR
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience! Everything was fabulous, there were no complaints at all. All of the food was spectacular, and the cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented. One thing to know when you do go, it is a very tiny restaurant, but run very well so they manage the space and guests with organized grace. I can't wait to return.

JF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! The decor is adorable, the cocktails are delicious and unique and the food was the best meal I had during an entire long weekend in NYC. We sat at the bar and had a very friendly bartender. Highly recommend!

AN
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, adorable, delicious! Our waiter was so friendly and fun. The eggs benedict were amazing, the avocado toast was delish, and the cauliflower bites are not to miss!

EG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and the food was phenomenal, highly recommend the eggs Benedict and the avocado toast. We also got the while we were young cocktail, very very good!! Our only dislike was the hostess. Before we even sat down she made it very clear that we needed to be out of our seats by 12:30 for the next reservation. Other than her attitude, our waiter, the food, and the ambiance was fabulous.

JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for my vegan friend and exceptional service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bartender and service I’ve ever had in NY! Burger was too die for & the drinks were outstanding!!!