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Posted by Food Maven on 07/23/2008
I just went to this restaurant and all I can say is stay away. If you are so willing to throw your money away, give it to charity. As for the food, there are hundreds of better restaurants in NYC for less money without the attitude. Furthermore, the drinks are so small you wouldn't have to worry about falling off the wagon in this place. I suspect they feel that people are so hard up to be at what they feel is a "Cool" place and will subject themselves to just about anything. If you are that desparate spend your money on a shrink.
Posted by Jennifer on 07/04/2008
I have dined around the world and sampled simple and uncomplicated menus, the median and quite rare, thoughtful and complicated entrees. Waveryly Inn is not worth the money or the time. I read other reviews and the lengthy one praising Waverly like the next Holy Grail must be planted. The food is not horrible, however it is far from worth it's weight in gold (which is what they are charging for it). I have had a more pleasant dining experience at Outback which isn't saying much when comparing a "supposed" 5 star establishment. I ordered the White Truffle Mac-N-Cheese Dish. 85.00 for simple Macaroni, Cheese and a rare fungus called a Truffle..... Even considering the cost of Truffles this year, again, a joke. My personal wine lists trumps that of the Waverly and they serve their drinks in thimble size glasses. PLEASE, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. I wouldn't return even if the meal was free. The staff was very pleasant, they did their job, but they do give you that "once over" as if to see if you are worthy of dining there. They are famous in name only, there is not ONE component of my dining experience that made Waverly any better than the next place. (While charging quadruple the price for similar locations that offer better service, better wine lists, better menu selections and most importantly-MUCH BETTER food.)
Posted by The Honest Diner on 07/01/2008
I finally went to this restaurant last week and what a joke. If this place didn't have the pedigree that it did it would have been out of business long ago. The food is average at best and overpriced at that. With such an uncomplicated menu it is surprising that they could not ute the dishes at a much higher level. When the french fries are the standout, you have to wonder how they can stay in business. Furthermore, the drinks are tiny and the wine list is so grossly overpriced that it makes any four star restaurant look cheap by comparison. With so many terrific places nearby do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
Posted by jmj on 06/08/2008
My friend and I walked in at 8 pm on a Monday night, and after being eyed by the host were deigned attractive enough to sit at one of the empty tables. Overall, servers were polite and friendly. Food came out extremely quickly, but was not good. I had the tuna tartar and the pork chop, both of which were relatively bland and overly salted. Food presentation was sloppy. I have no problem spending a lot of money on a meal, but it has to taste good! They are charging a ridiculous price for coffee shop quality food and mediocre wine. I wouldn't go back.
Posted by UES on 04/09/2008
Decent. I don't know what my boss had to do to get a table, and I don't want to know, but we were underwhelmed. Everyone in the place was looking around, proud to be there. The service was mid-level, but pleasant. The food also was mediocre, not fine dining and really not worth the price. As for the people who feel the place is great because they are among a secret society, maybe they should join an exclusive country club. The atmosphere, food and service are all pretty good, not amazing as people are suggesting.
Posted by JediFoodie67 on 03/06/2008
Pound for pound..the best all-around dining experience NYC has to offer today! From the days of Toots Shor in the 50's and 60's to Elaine's in the 70s and 80s, NYC has always had exclusive dining venues where the cultural icons of music, film, TV and corporate boardrooms could congregate and admire each other. I can say with utmost certainty that they only wish they could experience today what is the "glory" of Ye Waverly Inn. Graydon Carter has transormed 16 Bank Street into an exemplary gem of food, decor, service, and clientele. On a rainy Friday evening, we entered by way of the antique green door that is noted with a sign dating the premises to 1920. Greeted by two well dressed hosts, we made our way over to the minute, yet bustling bar where the patrons have a drink or two eager to be seated. The competent and cordial staff are dressed with white dress shirts and black ties as they hurry by with a knowing smile that is only produced by the privelege of working in such an establishement as this. The front bar room has a cozy fireplace with a few dining tables that are "the choice" spots during the winter months. The main dining room is an antique, wood-floored and panelled treasure of eclectic memorabilia, cozy banquettes and appropriately dim wall lighting. The trademark of the decor is the famous Edward Sorel mural stretching the length of the room depicting famous caricatures in pop history. In the rear, is the quaint, exposed conservatory with its natural decor. Chef John De Lucie's virtuoso menu is a pristinely balanced array of small plates, large plates and desserts. Organic ingredients are matched with a superb and extensive wine list. Combined that with sincere 3-star Michelin type service, and you are in for an enchanting evening. Highlights on the menu include two flawless tartares(salmon and tuna), the famous seasonal black or white truffle mac'n cheese, a perfect Berkshire pork chop with baked apple, luscious wild salmon, and a bountiful chicken-pot pie. The Waverly Burger may be NYC's best. The aria dessert is the Bananas Foster. Met Sting and Trudie Styler on t he way out. BRAVO!!!
Posted by Fashion Foodie on 02/29/2008
Normally when I go to "trendy" restaurants, I don't expect to love the food. The Waverly Inn was an exception. The menu is great and the food is really delicious. It's quite a scene and the management can be obnoxious but it's one of those NYC restaurants you have to try. One suggestion: plan to grab a drink after dinner at one of the bars in the neighborhood. Wine prices begin at $60 a bottle.