The Wayfarer

4.3
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994 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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The Wayfarer opened in 2014 and is a bi-level Classic American grille located on the bustling corner of 57th street and 6th Avenue just below Central Park. The diverse artisanal menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients. The menu is complemented by custom cocktails created by award-winning mixologist, Christian Sanders, of Evelyn Drinkery.

The Wayfarer's interior, designed by the award-winning Meyer Davis Studio Inc , evokes a feeling of “old meets new,” drawing inspiration from the 1970’s blended with the classic New York of the 1800’s. The multi-leveled restaurant offers the choice to observe passerby's on the main floor by our open cafe glass windows or enjoy a cocktail in our upstairs lounge.

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RB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing Valentines Day experience. Carlos was an amazing waiter

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. The food and the service were outstanding.

AW
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, service left something to be desired.

FL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The charcuterie board was too expensive for a small amount of food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Super service. Very well run

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating at The Wayfarer. The service was great and the food was delicious. A bunch of ladies were able to chat and enjoy our evening as we could hear each other throughout the meal. Would recommend and return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Portions are huge and overly salted. While the food was good it wasn't great.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was our 3rd time at The Wayfarer and I don’t understand what is going on with them this time. Empty local but it was Super Bowl night so I can understand that. They had the TV on and several guest asked them to turn on the volume but they didn’t know how to do it. Our waiter asked us to order more several times which was quite embarrassing as we ordered for two starters and two main courses with two sides. He kept coming back to pour the water and when he realized that the bottle was empty, he kept coming back and kept pouring the empty bottle. Rudely asked us about our dishes and didn’t answer when asked a specification on a dish. I’m definitely not coming back even though the place was close to our hotel. They used to have music on which was nice. Last night you could hear when a guest laid a fork on the table with all the silence they had.

TD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our first time dining at this beautiful restaurant after attending the Swan Lake Ballet at the New York Center. Our daughter, my husband and I had a delicious meal and quiet dining experience! I recommend this place for any occasion.

NM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The fish taco starter was very good with crunchy slaw and little bite. The salmon was moist and delicious. The chocolate cake was divine.

UK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is very cozy. The service excellent and the food delicious.

BF
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We stopped in early for a pre-theatre meal. The restaurant was fairly empty and felt a little cavernous. Service was good. The popovers were amazing and the martini and oyster special was great. Oysters were fresh and delicious!

CJ
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, cocktail was delicious but a little heavy on the ice. Presentation was beautiful and French fries were excellent. The warm chocolate chip cookies were spectacular. Attentive and prompt service.

GL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent- waitress was attentive and professional; Maitre d also attentive. We were surprised we weren’t able to choose from the menu if the other guests in the party wanted to order a la carte-it was all at the table chose restaurant week menu or none. The risotto was not to my tasting- they substituted a delicious chicken breast entree. The cocktail was delicious as were the chocolate cake and coffee. Fish tacos were good, could have been warmer.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious.

FC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for a lingering double date dinner. Everything we ordered was exceptional.

MK
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The dining room was quite, the food was good and fresh. The service was spot on, enjoyed red press juice.

AB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wasn't aware that this place even existed. They seated us at a quiet booth in the back of the restaurant. Service was attentive but not pushy. We enjoyed all the food that we ordered. All in all a delightful surprise experience.

RM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Ordered ravioli and received maybe
four of them- I don’t find paying NYC prices- but please, give me a filling meal- received a large side dish of broccolini- which was of expensive with not much flavor
Still loved the ambiance and the dessert was great

A
Philadelphia
277 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall solid.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good experience and the manager was attentive and did his best to help us after he realized the Open Table menu and the menu at the restaurant were very different. I was hoping for more seafood but they had more carnivorous options, overall the food and drink were good.

AK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The truffle fries and sushi were outstanding. My daughter said the skirt steak was the best she has ever had! Definitely a do again!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered oysters, hamburger, pork and chicken. The hamburger meat was freshly made. The pork and chicken were PERFECTLY cooked. Service was phenomenal.

I
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Ambiente, super friendly, food delicious

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was incredible, relaxed atmosphere.

ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good and the atmosphere was lovely. Smaller menu selection but delicious items offered. Located near times square and not far from central park making this restaurant a great choice for many!

PA
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good and convenient place for brunch. Good menu selection, attentive staff

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went over the Christmas holiday for brunch with some out of town friends. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the eggs benedict, which was very good, but the sides were outstanding. I think these were the best home fries I've ever had. And the side salad was perfect as well. The servers were very attentive, coming to check on us and to fill our water frequently.
The is pretty nice and large and must have good acoustics because it wasn't loud at all even though it was pretty crowded.
I would definitely go back.

JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

While we recognize that Christmas Day is a holiday and our hearts go out to those who have to work, this alone does not make up for the experience we had yesterday at the Wayfarer. We waited 45 minutes for our drinks, another hour for our entrees which were served without the sides, the pork loin was under cooked, and only one of the fish orders had a grilled lemon the other two did not. When we pointed this out a sliced fresh lemon was unceremoniously brought to the table as if we were wrong to mention it. During the long wait for our meals our request for more bread was ignored, and when we pressed them initially for why our drinks took so long first the “bar was backed up” and then “it was because they made too many drinks” which made no sense until our waitress later explained that the “made too many of the wrong drinks”. We were midway through the entrees when our sides arrived, and even then the order was wrong. The holiday menu was a limited prix fixe, but when we ordered the liver pate our waitress abruptly responded “Oh we don’t have that”. I have been to hundreds of restaurants and don’t believe I have ever posted a negative review, being of the “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all generation” but I feel compelled to share this truly bad experience because it took what should have been a memorable day in the city and turned it into the the worst restaurant service we have ever had story instead, certainly not the way you want to remember Christmas Day!

MA
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We weren't greeted for an extended period of time. I finally found a carafe of water and filled our water glasses myself. Food was really good. I found out the following day they added $32 to my tip. I already tipped 20% so it stung a little. I let it go because it was the week of Christmas and the server was nice. I would only go if I had time to enjoy good food with below average service.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful restaurant hidden in the middle of the chaos of midtown. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and busy but quiet atmosphere! We could actually hear each other speak from across the table. By far one of our favorite restaurants in midtown! Highly recommend.

K
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow. Waiter came back to the table to say an item was OOS and said it was probably a good thing because the serving size was small - made my sister feel like maybe he thought she was big. Took forever to receive our food as well. And from host to waiter to bus staff, no one was all that friendly.

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to be in midtown but not dead center of all the Christmas craziness. This was the perfect spot and the menu was diverse and delicious! If you go here be sure to stay for dessert!

JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The wayfarer used to be much better than it is now. Not sure why it is slipping. Service was hit/miss. Food was OK but not stellar like it used to be. I’ll try it again but hoping they tighten up their act before I return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The food was not great for the price. The ambiance and personnel were lovely

MI
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Everything was ok but just ok. We were happy to be seated at a big round booth so we could have quiet meal. It was our 55 anniversary, which we noted but no one said anything. Last year they wished us a happy anniversary

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Unimpressive overall experience. Would not return.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate brunch here on Saturday and it was a great experience! The chicken and waffles and eggs Benedict were delicious. We would recommend both! The food came out very quickly which was nice because we hadn’t eaten yet that day. The service is good, the restaurant is styled beautifully, and it is located very close to Central Park, where we went afterward for a carriage ride.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and good. Thanks again.

RH
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lobster roll.

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