The Waverly Inn

4.7
985 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 985 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CH
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot in the village. Food was delicious with out trying to hard. You feel like you stepped back in time to a different NYC.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food was excellent!!!,

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T
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Huge disappointment at this restaurant. Service was very good. Food did not come for over one hour. People who sat on right and on left got their food and finished. WE waited. Waiter apologized and said the kitchen is backed up. No excuse in a upscale fine eating establishment. Tables are only inches away from another. Restaurant is real small are packed in like sardines in a can. Our dinner meals were comped without asking. That was very nice of them. This had to happen on my yearly trip to NYC, where I wanted a very romantic evening form bride......

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TK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hot but with a frigid aircon blast out of the floor next to where we were seated. The front seating was somewhat cramped, with food that was reasonably good, but certainly not outstanding. Staff attitude was mixed, but our waiters were good. Overall, a pricey experience for ok food and service.

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MR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently great and the service is strong. The staff are all pros.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to celebrate my 9th anniversary of our first date. My husband and i celebrated our first date back in 2009. Every year we come back not only for our anniversary but for many other occasions as well. You are taken care of from the moment you walk in the door and never have to lift a finger. When we arrived we were not rushed to our table they asked if we would like to have a cocktail at the bar so we could enjoy the amazing fire place. It really is a special place. A+ on the food, A+ on the staff and management and the ambience is A++ and is as charming as when we went on our first date. I look forward to many more great occasions with friends and family.

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RA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you for assisting me with the rings , champagne & dessert. Unfortunately our waiter,that night was not that friendly or provided a waverly tyoe of service, we are used to. Everyone else was great. From hostesses to bartenders & the girl that kept on checking on us and wished us a happy anniversary. She should've been our waitress.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We frequent this restaurant but this time it was very bad. Cold steak. Bad service.

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D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The kale salad and warm pre-dinner table rolls were good. Ordered the rock shrimp risotto and it was just awful and expensive. It was so overpriced for what you get. There was no value in taste or price. There were 4 small pieces of rock shrimp, the overall flavor was just bad. I took several bites and just left the rest. Ate someplace else immediately afterwards. I wanted to like it because the menu has some comment about our president not liking it. I was disappointed I agreed. Service and ambiance was good. I kept apologizing to a friend because I picked the restaurant. We talked about how bad the risotto was the next day. I've rarely done that.

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c
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Waverly Inn. Their burger are compared to none. The place is enchanting, their playlist is wonderful. We love Craig (bartender) he is great!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so amazing.

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NG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were half an hour late because traffic was so hellish, but they kept our reservation (we phoned of course), served us a lovely meal in no time flat with excellent service. so we could make it to the Village Vanguard in time. I would love to go back.

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MC
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Showing a good friend visiting NY our favorite spots in the WV. Such a nice meal - great seats! Excellent service at the bar and dinner! A perfect night. Will be bringing other visitors here soon.

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h
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

great location. Great food. Good table service. But the hosts were extremely rude.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

I went for brunch. To be honest, the food was great (as always) and the service was ok but this time I went to celebrate my friends birthday and it was like there was not birthday at all cuz they didn’t care on bringing anything to the table to show interest. I personally work for a restaurant too and we give free cakes with candle when there’s a birthday.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been to Waverly Inn several times and this visit was very disappointing. We were seated almost 45 minutes after our reservation time next to a loud obnoxious table of 25 people celebrating a birthday. I am usually very forgiving of these things, but they were yelling to the point that we could not have a meaningful conversation. The waiter was kind and apologetic, but this took away from the special experience of Waverly Inn. Our main courses came out very late and was very disappointed by the Dover sole which was always a highlight of my visit.I think the chef was tired. The mood put off any desire to have dessert. On top of everything we ordered a special bottle of wine, that could not be fully enjoyed. While we were compensated for drinks at the bar while we waited, I feel the staff could not gain control of the situation. I never ever write comments, but this could not go unnoticed. Waverly Inn has always been our special anniversary, birthday occasion restaurant. I just wish this had been a better experience as we were treating an out of town guest

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
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
57 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. 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
13 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
57 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
19 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
102 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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