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Posted by George Mott on 04/09/2012
This is an expensive restaurant with chaming service and good food. The place is comfortable, cozy even, and relatively quiet. I cannot think of a more sophisticated place to dine in NYC,
Posted by Bambi Ambrosino on 02/05/2012
Well! Perhaps "Posh Diner"would accuse me of NOT being posh. I say wake up and smell the coffee, lambchop. This place is fabulous. They have a very current bar (I had a Grey Goose). Then I went and had a delicious dinner - the Octopus appetizer was sensational baby, and the truffle mac and cheese was not your blue box Kraft. I was left absolutely stunned. I walked in without a reservation, but perhaps my attire, bling, Ostrich stilettos, and spritz of Glow perfume rolled the red carpet out. If you're fabulous and you know it clap your hands. I flirted, fed, and finally left utterly satisfied. The busboys were a little anxious about taking plates, but this woman over 50 has cougar instincts that tell her they just wanted to be close.
Posted by Posh Diner on 01/23/2012
If you plan on attempting the highly sought after reservation, better off trying The Lion instead. To start the bartenders (who claim to focus on mixology and quality) do not even stock the new best of breed brands like Bulliet, Vision, and Whistle Pig. The food is hit or miss and I don't recommend the $80 truffle mac n' cheese 'to share' as the dish costs about $20/bite. Unless of course you're into that level of lame. I would say leave this tired wannabe and it's old crowd behind and move on to the more in fashion venues that are worth the headache getting in...and prices.
Posted by Chris from SB on 12/27/2011
Cozy and quaint, but have to agree with Jim S. Way over staffed and hovering; took away plates,etc too quickly had a hard time finishing dessert, he kept trying to take it away. We did feel rushed although there were a few empty tables. Once in a lifetime experience.
Posted by Jim S on 10/13/2011
Had been looking forward to our dinner for some time. the appetizers were fantastic. Had the grilled octopus and the crab cakes. Simply great. However, before my guest had a chance to protest, our apps were taken away, BEFORE we finished them. Moreover, our dinner rolls were also taken before we had a chance to finish them, AND THEY WERE DELICIOUS. Main course was the Amish Chicken and the steamed Sea Bass, both were outstanding. The Pinot Noir suggested to us went with the meal spectacularly. Dessert, chocolate cake, was also outstanding. Despite how good the meal was, however, the fact that we felt as if we were being rushed out the door has stayed with us and overshadowed an otherwise fabulous meal. Hint: Instruct the busboys not to be so anxious to get paying customers out the door.
Posted by Isabella on 09/21/2011
Certainly not the food! If you like to scream to be heard, be jammed in so you cannot move your most uncomfortable chair, and put up with elusive waiters, then this is the place for you. Just don't expect too much from the kitchen and don't fall for the mac'n cheese because it is not all that great! Anyone who says otherwise don't know good food. Great place to have a beer and people-watch if that is your "thing." My first course was forgetable, the steak was mediocre at best, the mac'n cheese nothing special even with truffles, but the chocolate cake was good -- especially after the other courses. I will not go back.
Posted by Jeff Johnson on 08/20/2011
Mediocre food and a self important waiter who insisted that the unbalanced table we were given was simply a part of the 100 year old charm of the "Waverly", combined to make this a dining experience I hope never to repeat.