The Waverly Inn

4.7
950 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
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 950 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Always great!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Overpriced garbage. Insulting prices for average food.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Top food top service great ambience with a very nice crowd

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Garden room was way too hot
Menu was limited

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Love the Waverly Inn, brilliant in so many ways!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

An absolute pleasure. The food was terrific, sidewalk dining was great and the service was exceptional. Sonia made our experience perfect.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had heard wonderful things about the Waverly Inn, and were so excited to try it. Our service was spotty at best. It took about 20 minutes for our menus to arrive, and then it took another 30 minutes for our plates to be cleared when we finished eating, which also meant no one came to check that our meal was correct and that food had been prepared correctly. The setting is wonderful, but in terms of value, I would choose another restaurant in the West Village where the service matches the prices.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

❤️'d the chicken pot pie. And the Trump quote on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had a wonderful father's day brunch at Waverly Inn with my husband and Daughter. The food was delicious, shrimp and grits, french toast amazing!!!!

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The space is great and service is good, but food was diaappoinitng as simply "ok"

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything that they did, they did well

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Once again, a memorable night at Waverly. Jeff Harding the wine director is a genius. Delicious food during cocktail/wine event and of course, after the event, at dinner. We love going! Well worth it.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The service and ambiance were great - however, my Rob Roy cocktail was watery and tasteless, the $20 glass of wine was awful, and the food was bland, to say the least, other than the biscuits, which were amazing. I'm a longtime server and bartender, fwiw. Dinner for two with tip was $250, no small sum.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This was an OUTSTANDING meal, from the food to the service to the decor and ambiance. The Waverly Inn is now a favorite NYC restaurant of mine.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was not nearly as good as in the past. All four of us found each of our brunch dishes a bit ordinary and flavorless. We had invited our friends for brunch because they used to serve a delicious wood-cured bacon. We were told that was two chefs ago, so not sure what's going on there. If we go back it would be just for the atmosphere - maybe we'll try a lunch burger or dinner...

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Beautiful decor, delicious food and fantastic service. There is no bad table in this place!

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Entries completely overpriced.
Portions small. Cheese plate for $19 included 3 bite size pieces of cheese with a few almonds and toast thrown in. Duck breast for $45 was composed of "two" rather fatty pieces of duck. Not good.
Best surprise of the night were what seemed like homemade biscuits. We had to ask for a replenishment as only two came in the basket!

Wait staff was good.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great spot but know you're going to spend as much on alcohol as you will on food. Worth it for special occasions, and probably better in winter (very cozy space that doesn't have the same feel in warmer weather).

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Pleasant experience, beautiful inside, food was pretty good, sensed that the staff saw it as my privilege to be there and not the other way around

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Nice restaurant, however small portions and the service was only ok

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our 25th anniversary. And dining at the Waverly Inn is always
special. The food was delicious, as always, and the service attentive and
impeccable. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We very much enjoyed our visit to The Waverly Inn, it was a birthday treat. The service was outstanding, attentive but not intrusive, and the food was excellent. We were glad to be in the back room, with the wall of windows - it felt cozy but not crowded. While it is too expensive to be a regular haunt, The Waverly Inn is perfect for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

You cannot beat the vibe at The Waverly Inn( the ambiance is one of the best in the city! We had a great evening, so will you!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Anniversary

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