Party Earth Review Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled... ... read full review
228 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014
1, 2: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South; A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street-Washington Square-6th Avenue
Bar: M–F 4pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am
Brunch: Sa–Su noon–4pm
Kitchen: open until 2am
West Village, New York –
Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled beers like Rogue and Dead Guy Ale helps them reach that goal.
A single baby blue armchair invites the occasional laid-back customer to relax with a seasonal cocktail, but most of the boisterous crowd is too busy getting loud, downing shots, and scoping out the crowd to even think about sitting down.
An earthy décor combined with exposed brick walls, Mason jar candles, and sunflower centerpieces creates a jovial, flirtatious atmosphere, helped along by communal plank tables usually filled with after-work groups and singles getting to know each other better.
Also a restaurant and gastropub, the venue showcases a fantastic savory menu purveyed by Murray’s Cheese Shop and Blue Ribbon Bakery that attracts both foodies and creative types for lunch during the week or brunch on the weekends when smaller crowds allow for a bit more elbow room.
Although the staff can be a touch snooty, the friendly, sociable clientele more than makes up for it, especially on the weekends when overgrown former frat boys and their sorority counterparts show up for a raucous night out.
Always a good bet for relaxing drinks after work, Wilfie & Nell has also become a destination for hard partiers looking for an alternative to the club scene.
The most coveted spot in the house is a semi-private dining nook divided from the rest of the space by a couple of rustic doors. W&N operates on a first-come first-served basis, but if you can grab the space, you and your boys will have the ultimate vantage point for doing some intense crowd scanning.
Young professionals, singles, and bankers by night, foodies and creative types weekdays, mid-20s+.
Ambient folk, rock, roots, blues, and indie. Occasional live Irish music.
Menu of small plates including Scotch eggs, Guinness shepherd’s pie, corned beef and gruyere cheese sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Brunch features homemade soda bread and potato cakes.
Menu $4–$14, brunch $5–$12. Beer $6–$8, wine and cocktails $8+, single malts up to $26.
Casual chic: cute dresses or designer jeans for women and fitted t-shirts and jeans for men, or work attire for both.
Sundays through Wednesdays, early evenings, and weekend afternoons for a good meal without the overbearing crowds, or Friday and Saturday nights for a rowdy, flirtatious time.
Extra Virgin (259 West 4th Street between Charles and Perry) has a notoriously popular brunch.