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While We Were Young, New York, NY

While We Were Young

4.7
4.7
361 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (917) 675-6272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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What 361 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. AS

    AmarieS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good music and chill vibes. Food is always delish and drinks are the best I have had!
  2. JT

    JenniferT

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar it was a good choice. Enjoyed watching the bartender make cocktails and answer questions. It gives rent out the whole place for a small party
  3. JG

    JordanG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s such a cute spot to go out with your girls! ✨
  5. BF

    BenjaminF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in a very long time, can not wait to go back ASAP!
  6. S

    Shelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoint. My go to for great food. Super friendly staff
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious - the two of us had the burrata, tuna, omelette and chicken waffle. Perfect portions and flavours on point. Service and vibes were top notch - also fantastic playlist. We sat by the window and it was perfect for people watching
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pride brunch and we had an amazing time. Everything was great but it was the staff that were the shinning stars. You have a beautifully warm a welcoming team. ♥️🏳️‍🌈♥️
  9. C

    Cford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Highly recommend coming here for brunch.
  10. J

    Jane13

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service! The restaurant is small so it’s best to make a reservation, but there are also a few outdoor tables set up on the sidewalk. The ambiance is cozy and inviting, and the staff members are all very friendly and attentive. The food is absolutely delicious, and the cocktails are unique, creative, and really beautifully presented. The bartender is a true mixologist! Looking forward to returning soon.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ll definitely be back!
  12. T

    Tao4dining

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from start to finish loved the drinks and the food. Would visit again!
  13. s

    shansand

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Its tiny! Youre kind of packed in but the food is excellent. The decor is adorable. Great service. Instagrammable crowd all-around
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, the cocktails and food were on point. Such good vibes and the staff were amazing.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails, friendly staff! Always a treat!
  16. AB

    AndreaB

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Excellent food across the board and a great amount of food for the price. Highly recommend checking it out.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!!!! Run don’t walk, their pesto appetizer was life changing, we could literally only eat that for the rest of our lives and be perfectly happy.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  19. BD

    BDos

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I have been there before and this time was suprised how disgusting the food was !!! Last time we enjoyed it so much.. they have changed the menu and the food is sooo bad we spend 170 for a burger 🍔 and small appetizers soo overpriced.. used to be my fav not anymore will not recommend at all
  20. BG

    BrunchGroup

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Making the reservation: Called to make a res for 5 a week before or so. Woman said to make a res for 4 on open table and note for 5. Asked about cancellation policy to confirm what’s on the website. They said “let us know as soon as possible bc we are a small restaurant.” I asked for the specific policy like how long before a few times. After 3 times asking the same question, she finally confirmed 24 hr or it’s a cancellation fee per person (policy on website is accurate). Upon arrival: We made a 2pm reservation, our group trickled in 2pm-2:05pm. We were first told to wait 20 min to be seated. It went past that time so I asked a follow up update. The host/waitress woman with blond hair said that it’ll be “soon”. I asked for a time estimate. She said “soon after tables clear”. I asked for a time estimate. She then finally 5 min. We were seated after they seated a group that came before us, def not within the 5 min. Actual dining: Food, drinks, and the waiter with short green hair = amazing. The starter dishes are huge portions for cauliflower tots and the Brussels sprouts; dumplings are normal portion. Burger was great. Egg toast was ok. Note to management: Please manage your table turnover and reservation times better. Also, please just give the actual answers to questions instead of being vague (I.e. unhelpful). Food and drinks are great. Front of house service not so much.
  21. JP

    JessicaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute brunch spot! Good music and great drinks! Definitely an "instagrammable" photo op place.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute vibe. Food was so good. The pumpkin appetizer was unique and very tasty. Bartender was really friendly. Super cute spot will definitely go back.
  23. AS

    AmarieS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cool trendy spot. Great food, drinks and music. Pretty small but still a good time.
  24. NN

    NicoleN

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the absolute best time! Food was delicious and portions were very generous. The cocktails were unreal and the service was friendly and fun. Would highly recommend.
  25. SM

    ShawnaM

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is super cute! The food Was good and the cocktails were so good! Instagram worthy!
  26. PT

    PhillipT

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, and place was super charming! Would definitely go again!
  27. B

    Bryan

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They double booked our table and could not honor the reservation. Zero remorse and not worth patronizing. Avoid at all costs.
  28. KB

    KwanzaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best rainy day lunch, cock
  29. KG

    KristaG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating an early Mother’s Day - just a few girlfriends, and we booked While We Were Young based on its location, photos and overall rating. The service was excellent- everyone was friendly and the food was delicious. We also loved the creative cocktail menu! Definitely the perfect brunch spot for a spring day. We chose to sit inside to experience the restaurant’s ambiance, but they kept the door open to outside, which was appreciated to let in fresh air.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful aesthetic and delicious food with a twist!
  31. SC

    ShannenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server, Stacey?, was awesome and even though we were super late for our reservation got us a table and got the food and drinks our fast. Most beautiful little restaurant and cocktail bar in the city. We will be back!
  32. DW

    DWilliams

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 loved this place. Good UGH-mazing. drinks were great. I will definitely be back !
  33. DB

    DanelleB

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and great food and service!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were amazing, food was great, and the staff was so thoughtful for a birthday celebration. My group had a great time. I’d definitely come back- would be perfect for a date night. They don’t serve desserts so it was nice that they welcomed us to bring our own desserts and we did birthday shots. Such a cute restaurant and sweet staff. Highly recommend. We basically tried everything on the menu and it was all delish.
  35. A

    Alo30

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time here, and it was just as amazing as my first! I came to do a food review my first time, and absolutely loved it, and came back as a friend saw my story and wanted to go when she came into town. We had the best time with the good vibes, amazing flavorful food, and beyond wonderful staff! Special thanks to Bardford for making everyone who comes in feel welcome and seen. I will be returning!
  36. C

    Cash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful vibe, I'll definitely be returning! We were 5 girlfriends going for a boozy brunch and this fit the build perfectly. Book in advance for sure, not a spot you can just pull up to. While it's cold, try to to avoid sending directly by the door since there's a bit of a draft if you get cold easily. Solid menu w/ options for all. Overall, great place and looking forward to next time.
  37. DV

    DanieV

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience! In addition to the delicious food & cocktails, the service and ambiance is amazing! Definitely a great spot for a girls get together or a lone date with yourself. Staff is so sweet and accommodating! I’ll definitely be back.
  38. AM

    AM11201

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was good, but not as good as the reviews lead me to believe. The tuna tartare was a nice big tower of tuna and avocado, but then we realized there was but a whisper-thin layer of tuna over like a whole avocado. The Chinese Dumplings were tasty but you could get the same at a good Asian restaurant. The burger was good but had a little too much going on. The salmon was good, nice crispy skin. We made a reservation for "outdoor" which was a rickety table on the sidewalk. I just assumed it would be a nicer, somewhat more private patio-type setting, my bad. Overall, the value was not there. If it was a $30 Prix Fixe and not $50, I would have been happy.
  39. D

    Denice

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    It’s not worth the money. The food was good but VERY little portions for the price. The cocktails are worth a visit tho!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I went to While We Were Young for my birthday and it was the perfect choice. The restaurant is super cute. Love the concept. The decor is girly and fun. The drinks are great and all have cute names and the food was decent. However, the space is extremely small to the point that you’re constantly bumping into other people and it makes the experience uncomfortable - that was the only downside.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 4.7 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for While We Were Young

183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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