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The Waverly Inn
Posted by anonymous on 02/09/2009
Went there on Friday night and had a blast. I feel I need to set the record straight on the food, because I thought it was fantastic. Maybe it's touch and go, but I had a great grilled filet served with cold lobster salad. Service was very attentive and friendly. Sat in the cozy dining room and drank alot of wine without a care in the world.
Posted by Kylewatts212 on 01/09/2009
I finally arrived. Really impressive atmospheric space. Think intimate, secluded and fabulously private. You can't help feeling super special here. The rooms were packed with what I assume to be a powerful bunch which included Mayor Blumberg and entourage. Food wise I was actually pleasantly surprised. Sumptious salads and well prepared chicken and salmon. But.....lose the salt! Virtually everything was blanketed in the thickest blanket of the stuff. Too bad. You could get a chronic case of hypertension with a few mouthfuls of most anything sampled here. Desert was a lovely, silky mound of cheescake....gotta love a happy ending. Have to say I loved the place. Don't go expecting any cullinary highs and you will have the most memorable time.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2008
Wow! I got invited here last minute by a few friends. I had only recently learnt of the much exclusive restaurant..and thought, hey why not? I am leaving NYC in a month! The service was good and the food...not bad. I must say the Truffled mac and cheese for $55 is OVERRATED. Don't order it. I felt like I was eating Stouffer's and could barely taste the truffles. The artichokes here were my first experience with the vegetable and it has become a staple in my diet. I cook it myself and they definitely over charge for this. You stick it in a steamer with some garlic, melt some butter and boom..same dish for ... what.. 2$ and no effort. I was lucky that my friend's friend ended up paying for our meal because it was pricey... but I don't think it's worth the hype. I'm happy I went to experience it and undertsood that it's just not a big deal! So many better restaurants in NYC... I feel hype makes restaurants/bars/clubs in nyc tumble in quality...
Posted by Mrs. Dumas on 10/26/2008
... for actually patronizing this place. Mostly, because it was full of dressed up nobodies pathetically trying to pretend they were as famous as anyone they were hoping to see. Secondly, because we were made to wait at least 2 hours to be seated after showing up on time for our 7pm reservation. Standing at the claustrophobic bar area (not necessarily because it was crowded moreso than because the ceiling was unbecomingly low), you could overhear the shameless seating hosts talking about how they needed to "re-strategize" seating in anticipation of who may or may not be coming in. When we asked if we could get an estimated time frame for when we'd be seated, they said "Sure, just a minute" with an unusual sense of annoyance. What the hell does that mean? That you'll tell us in a minute??? Totally insulting to a party that's been patiently waiting at your bar and paying $20+ a glass for many glasses of wine for over 2 hours. When we were finally seated (in the back, because we were not recognizably important), the menu was nothing special and the prices were a further insult. Trying to redeem the so-far-ridiculous experience with what we hoped to be a good dinner, we ordered the mac n cheese to share as the 2nd course after several appetizers and before everyone's entrees. Now this was the final moment of idiot-epiphany... Against every published menu, the mac n cheese costs $109 for what tasted like an over-flour'd roux, bland cheese and shaved truffles that did nothing special for the dish. The table-side shaving of the truffles by the "hired-to-smile" server was just the laugh in your face the entire staff was enjoying for your patronage at their over-priced, over-touted, ridiculously pretentious dining establishment.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2008
The food was descent although the service needs work...we had to wait over an hour from the promised time for a table without any updates. And the mac and cheese is pretty good (actually, the person who wrote the review before me obviously never even been to the Waverly Inn as the truffle is shaved onto the mac and cheese in front of you (and plenty of it)...there's no way you can miss it). Unfortunately they were out of steak, so I ended up with pork chop, which was nice and tender.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2008
And don't even think about ordering the vaunted $65 mac and cheese with truffles - gelatinous and not even a whiff of truffle. Liliputian drinks at Brobdignagian prices. Puny crab cakes with not-so-fresh taste. Fries pre-cooked and overdone. I miss the old "Ye" - "The" is only about the scene.
Posted by Oompa Deshevi on 08/22/2008
Oompa reads Vanity Fair and knows that Graydon Carter often has celebrities dine at his establishment. Oompa also fondly remembers eating at the OLD Waverly Inn - where the food was simple and you could have strawberry flavored butter with your little basket of muffins at brunch. Oompa loved that butter! So when Oompa was invited to dinner at the NEW Waverly Inn she did 2 things: 1) Put on absurdly tall high heels, and 2) went! Oompa walked in like a star - strut in place and nose slightly high. Once settled in, Oompa looked around at all the young people around her and they were all looking back! Did no one plan to eat? Oompa did! Oompa and friend lingered over the Macaroni & Cheese. It was tasty - earthy with Truffle goodness. However, it was outrageously expensive! Oompa also wanted bigger drinks! Girlfiend had to order again and again! They were quite small. Despite not being famous, the staff was quite nice, and one even commented on my shoes! No one famous appeared, except I do think maybe a singer from my work out cassette tape!