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About White Oak Tavern

In both food and drink, White Oak Tavern preserves the rustic traditions and fares of the “olde” tavern. Our dishes are a representation of forgotten cooking skills and time-honored techniques which feature local ingredients sourced from many of the small family farms in the tri-state area.
Our scratch kitchen offers a wide variety of tavern fare with a slow foods emphasis and a nod toward things past. Our offerings are best shared amongst friends with selections from our craft beer, wine and cocktail lists. In true tavern tradition, we pride ourselves on a delicate care for our craft and a warm friendly smile to all who call to our door.

21 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 3:00am

Cross Street:
Greene Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 260-2604

Website:
http://whiteoakny.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking available
2 parking lots within 2 minute walk both located on Mercer Street between 8th Street and Waverly Place

Public Transit:
R train to 8th Street
6 train to Astor Place

Executive Chef:
Justin Ottervanger

Additional:
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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White Oak Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Seasonal (1)
Authentic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a great time Friday night. The food and the drinks were delicious. Our waitress, Sabrina, was very attentive and a lot of fun. It was a bit loud, but didn’t bother us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely ambience, quiet 11:00 am brunch, craft Old Overholt cocktail, delicious meal all made for a lovely day. Service was terrific. Highly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I came here with my family for brunch before going to a show that was a few blocks away. We were pleasantly surprised with how great everything was. Very fresh ingredients & everything seemed to be made in house and you could taste the difference!! I'm very surprised at how many people don't know about it. My fiance and I want to come back for dinner one day or just drinks since the neighborhood lacks a nice, cool spot that's not too filled with tourists or kids from NYU. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great time at White Oak Tavern. We loved the ambiance and the extensive bourbon menu. Had the fish and chips- very good! We'll be back again!

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is like being in an English pub! Nice bar restaurant w beautiful wood on bar and trim. Good menu, we had the burgers and they were delicious!!! The staff were all really friendly & attentive.

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 (London)·Dined on October 28, 2017

very nice pub style bar that was everything we were looking for

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service at White Oak was excellent. The wait staff was extremely attentive to our needs (even though it was just the two of us). I was a little nervous going to a bar so close to NYU on a Friday evening, but the atmosphere was fun and not over crowded. It's definitely a fun date spot!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Went there thinking it was actually a different place but didn't matter as we still had an excellent meal with a New York feel. Great for an out of towner exploring the area. Nicely timed meal for a relaxing break from sightseeing.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very very noisy and unpleasant if you want to have a conversation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great night! Place was perfect, food was perfect, drinks were incredible. Service was spot on and having the Co-owner to talk to was wonderful. Will go back again!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for brunch chicken and waffles were good. Deviled eggs had way too much mayo! Drunk donuts were great.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great food, but room was way TOO loud. Perhaps not good for happy hour visit, with hope of conversation with meal. Left with hoarse voices.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Really enjoyable, not too pricy brunch. A lot of great selections, especially in the savory section of their menu. The boozy donuts in the sweets section were not quite as good as I expected they would be though. They were enjoyable, but the alcoholic content of the filling was a bit stronger than I anticipated. Your mileage may vary though as I know some restaurants claim to add alcohol to sweet fillings and you can't taste it at all. The ambiance and noise level were great too for a mid-morning brunch. I loved the atmosphere. Overall, an awesome dining experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went for a friends birthday! Absolutely amazing food and service. Would absolutely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food, great service, location that is near every major NYC subway, this is fast becoming a favorite standby restaurant and bar for me. The level of the music is perfect, low enough so actual conversations can happen without screaming. Keep up the great work. Perfect for family and friends' gatherings, brunch and dinner and lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is a neighborhood gem. Although I've dined with one, two or three others, I'm very comfortable alone.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Several of us recently gathered here for our out-of town friend's birthday brunch. We were seated in a comfortable area, with plenty of room for everyone and a nice view of the very attractive room. The cocktails were outstanding (especially my perfectly executed Manhattan), the brunch dishes were quite tasty and the desserts were decadently delicious. I would definitely return to try out some of the other menu selections.

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Last year I wandered into the White Oak Tavern just to get out of the rain, and I fell in love with this place. It's so cozy and comfortable, and the food is wonderful. The drinks are, too -- a nice craft beer selection, among other things. Service is always nice (though it's odd that they seem perplexed if I arrive without a reservation and the place is half empty -- so I guess you should try to make a reservation, if possible). Turns out my son had been going there for years, while a student at NYU. So now I go there with him. A very pleasant local experience.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Love this pub, food pretty good

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The whiskey menu is impressive (if not exactly cheap). Beer list is short but solid.

Food was good but overpriced. I ordered fish and chips. My fish was still firm, but under a fairly robust breading (too much for my taste). The chips were skinny but not flaccid and nicely spiced. My companions thought their dishes were good but not great.

Atmosphere is pretty laid back and not snooty.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Great for a large group of friends' get-together. Very good comfort food and the sangria pitcher deal can't be beat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Always have good meals at white oak tavern. A pleasure to have a place in the neighborhood, esp with all the coffee places. There are so few places to eat that aren't a fortune or fast food.
And they take OpenTable.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and the salads were delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great brunch options, the service was friendly and not too packed on a Saturday morning.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

High energy place, youthful clientele. Limited menu, but tasty food. Noise volume makes conversion difficult.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food was amazing! Will definitely go back when we visit NYC again!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Lunch on a Friday afternoon. Quiet, nice neighborhood right by Washington Square. Pulled pork sandwich was the best I've ever had. Great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

They need to update their menu REALLY BADLY.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Well, I thought we had a lovely time this evening at White Oak. Some of our party arrived early and were seated right away. Food was good. Prices were extremely reasonable. The location and decor are great. However, I just arrived home to an ugly email from Open Table telling me that White Oak had filed a complaint that I never showed. So does that mean I get my money back if they say I was never there? That's why I'm giving the service a low rating and the overall experience a lower rating than I otherwise would have. Hopefully when they go through their credit card receipts for the night they'll realize they made a mistake and will apologize.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very good restaurant, a bit noisy but I don't think they could really control that. Food brought out promptly and accommodating to children. Fun atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Really great meal, we ordered a bunch of plates and split them between the five of us and it was delicious. There was no air conditioning though and it was 90 degrees outside and pretty warm inside.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went on Mothers Day 2017 for dinner. Mixed crowd of adults and teenagers. All of us enjoyed our meal. Bonus was live music (which was great).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The service was very good, but the food was very uneven. I recommend the charred brussels sprouts and the burger, but the duck flatbread and the roasted squash with radicchio were both quite bland. Hence, I would categorize this as a hit or miss kind of place; read what people have ordered and liked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

The waitress

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

White Oak is consistently good. I go for lunch from time to time, and were it not for the time and calories, I'd be happy to have lunch there every day. Their food is great; service is quick enough for a one-hour lunch break, and the atmosphere is cozy and lets you relax while you're there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Great place with a pub-like feel. Atmosphere is very cozy and has an authentic old world charm. Would definitely recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Easily a family favorite since it opened. We love the Brussels sprouts, the sakads, salmon and the Pat LaFrieda beef cheeseburger is excellent! Wait staff is generally good as is the choice of beers. Try the Greene Ford or their sangria, both are wonderful.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Service was good. Bar was very crowed and loud Drinks were tasty The food was eh. Cheddar burger had good grill flavor but not juicy at all. Fries I've had better Potatoe soup looked a little greasy or maybe starting to separate a little Chicken sliders were ok The food could have been better

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Came here before a show to grab some decent dinner AND watch part of the hockey game, as much as we could. The bar is definitely a NYU hang-out and loud, but that did not bother us at all. Food was a little overpriced considering it is really glorified bar food. We spent $70 before tip on 2 glasses wine, a cheese bread, a flatbread and 2 salads. And one of the wines was a happy hour price. Always amazing to see how much $ students seem to have these days. I would come back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fun, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Had fun with my friends and a couple of beers

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