The Waverly Inn

4.7
969 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Established in 1920, The Waverly Inn was reopened in 2006 by Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter along with Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode (of the Maritime and Bowery Hotels) and Emil Varda. Tucked into the ground floors of two adjoining townhouses, the dining room's red booths, fireplaces and low amber lighting provide an attractive and cozy hangout for the city’s best and brightest. The menu features American classics alongside contemporary seasonal dishes using organic, local ingredients.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00 am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(917) 828-1154
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Oscar Lorenzzi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Waverly Pl
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Public transit
A, C, E, L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue. 1, 2, 3 to 14th Street and 7th Avenue.
Additional
Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 969 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I have eaten here numerous times and the food and service is always wonderful. However, I frequently request on a reservation that I want to sit in the garden and when I arrive for my reservation they inform me the garden is closed for a private party or unavailable for some reason and I end up having to sit at a cramped table inside. The experience is still wonderful, however, when you are heading to dinner with the expectation of a quiet, fireside meal in the garden and you end up at a loud, cramped table with 6 inches between you and the tables on either side of you, no amount of amazing food or service can make up for it.

If you want to sit in the garden definitely double and triple check before your reservation because odds are they will not accommodate you.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic old school NY spot—can’t beat it.

It’s a must. Absolutely amazing atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in NYC. Ambience and setting couldn't be lovelier and the food is consistently great (altho the last entree I had there -- the cauliflower -- was almost inedible. I didn't return it but I probably should have).

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S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very special Sunday brunch here with an out-of-town friend. The service,
as always, is impeccable. The food was great. And the chocolate mousse dessert
was divine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything great but noise level

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OT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to come here for years and so glad I finally did! The ambiance in the back patio, great waitstaff, strong drinks and huge portions will definitely bring me back. For two, we had the crab cakes, pot pie, spinach and mashed potatoes and took a third of it to go. Great spot for a date night or special occasion. Our meal plus 4 cocktails was $150. Worth it!

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JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here for my husband’s birthday. Everything was outstanding. Would highly recommend.

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AQ
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fun neighborhood spot with a great ambiance in bar and seating areas. Food is good - not great, but I don't think you head here for a 5 star meal! There is a good selections of wines and food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing place in terms of ambiance. Waitstaff was good and friendly but a bit hectic: ‘who’s our waiter? Oh you only fill my already full glass of water? Ok sure i wait for the main waiter then... ’ Food: bread was raw, however, fish tartare was incredibly good, as was the rest, and let’s not forget the great wines they serve!
Funny: we asked the water waiter to take a picture. He immediately turned into whispering mode and explained that the owner does not allow for pictures being taken by staff members. ‘Ok’ we replied, whispering. We took a sercret selfy. Anyway: WE RECOMMEND THIS PLACE! IT’S BEAUTIFUL, A BIT WEIRD AND OVERALL FUN AND DELICIOUS!

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in New York

My wife had the chicken which was superb. I really enjoyed the cheeseburger.

The cocktail are excellent as well

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BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Singular & Spectacular. Amazing staff. Classic & delicious dining. Perfect old school clubby ambiance.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place.. a perfect meal for two hungry people. Great drinks and atmosphere too!

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CC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid menu. Good wine list. Beer and cocktail list could have a little better selection, but what is available, is not bad. Friendly and attentive service. Great ambiance.

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CH
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Staff remembered to bring our desert with a candle for a birthday celebration even though it was a week before that I requested it.
I thought my pot pie had a little too many herbs, that took away from the vegetables & chicken flavors.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time , great service , awesome ambiance and delicious food! Thank you !

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S
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my out-of-town sister-in-law and niece for brunch. As
hoped, it was completely enjoyable. The food was delicious and
the setting was charming. The waitstaff is especially attentive
and accommodating. A true delight.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere!

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s
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere,great food, terrific service. The steak and fish were perfectly cooked.

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TB
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and the service is attentive without being overbearing.
And you can’t beat the atmosphere! A long time favorite that never disappoints

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KM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Need to focus on entrees. Pot pie and shrimp risotto were bland. Bread, appetizers, and dessert were quite good.

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RD
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous - fabulous place. We arrived early to have drinks at the bar and dined in the yard - conservatory. The food and service was outstanding. The salad and octopus appetizers were perfect and the fish and chicken pot pie were exceptional. Enjoyed a nice stroll in the beautiful neighborhood after the fab dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Beautiful interior. Radically overpriced for food. Don’t bother.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. I was hoping to enjoy the garden but the weather was too humid - next time.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Overpriced garbage. Insulting prices for average food.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wish we had asked for seating in the garden area. Food was phenomenal. The truffle Mac and cheese was amazing.

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CI
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very beautiful if your sitting in the atrium area. Very dark in the restaurant. The food was good but portions very small for the price. We had several different waiters that came by the table but confused on who our server actually was??

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S
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I hadn't been to The Waverly Inn in years. We went for brunch. After perusing the menu, I settled in Eggs Benedict as I love Hollandaise. I was disappointed. What was served as Hollandaise didn't come close. Yes, it was smooth, eggy but no lemon, no true Hollandaise taste.
One of my friends ordered the stack of blueberry pancakes. He was not enthusiastic. The only satisfied person ordered the grits with shrimp.
The service was hysterical. Every two minutes a different waiter showed up. I suspect many of them were in training. Glasses almost full of water were added to, possibly to keep the waitstaff busy.
The noise level in the "garden" became to loud that we couldn't stay and I am hard of hearing.
I suppose my disappointment was based on memories of memorable meals. Perhaps the dinner menu is better. One can hope.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patio in back. Just stunning. Perfect service and food. Haven't been in 10 years and as wonderful and romantic as I remember.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I went on a quiet Sunday evening and it was relaxing and as beautiful as ever. The food was very good, but the prices are still a little over the top given that the restaurant is no longer a "must" destination. But, still love the ambiance and service.

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c
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Its an experience, the music is perfect and so is the lighting. Drinks are well crafted and food is delicious.

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S
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The Waverly Inn is always a a treat. Service is impeccable. The ambiance is charming (I love the garden room). And the food was great.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top food top service great ambience with a very nice crowd

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Garden room was way too hot
Menu was limited

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was a complete disaster and the chicken pot pie was not eatable (the staff didn't seem surprised about it and we were not charge for it)....We finally had to choose a different restaurant to finish our dinner....very disappointing! it was for a special occasion and it turned out to be a nightmare

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M
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I’ve never had such a terrible experience with food. They should fire the chef asap. We ordered 4 dishes, one more terrible than the other.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went to the WI for our wedding anniversary. I arrived before my husband and was told I couldn’t be seated until he too had arrived. It was 6pm, the restaurant was empty and I’m pregnant. I was appalled by this. When we did get seated (outside by request) we then weren’t welcomed or offered water or menus by waitstaff. Nearly 10 mins went by when my husband finally had to go inside to request this. Absolutely over priced - food was mediocre at best and service was awful. Will not return.

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JL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No photos allowed, so not much to show, but The Waverly Inn is a NYC icon for a reason. The cutest outdoor garden area if you can snag a table back there. We had a lovely 3 hour dinner and it couldn't have been better. The food was great. The service was perfectly attentive, but not overbearing. And the wine list was beyond comprehension. Not a single complaint.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible location! - what fabulous food! - great drinks! and super friendly Service!
Loved it so much!

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Waverly Inn, brilliant in so many ways!

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