Party Earth Review The green farmhouse façade of The Waverly Inn may suggest a typical West Village café, but the chic or connected patrons who actually get a table will find a bustling gastropub with a hint of downtown elitism. Another... ... read full review
16 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014
1, 2, 3: 14th Street-7th Avenue
Brunch: Sa–Su 11am–3pm
West Village, New York –
The green farmhouse façade of The Waverly Inn may suggest a typical West Village café, but the chic or connected patrons who actually get a table will find a bustling gastropub with a hint of downtown elitism.
Another venture by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, the venue features a décor of velvety red walls, copper bulldog sconces, pictures of the 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers, and a working white marble fireplace that sets the scene for the clientele of wealthy locals, successful artists, and older corporate types who mull around the weathered wooden bar as they await their tables.
The spacious main dining room has enough candlelit tables and vintage red velvet chairs to accommodate the fashion editors and publishing types chatting over their upscale cuisine, and enough mirrors in hand-carved frames to allow them to keep a discreet eye on the who’s-who patrons strolling through the crowd.
A semi-enclosed outdoor space called the Conservatory, replete with a glass greenhouse ceiling and ivy-covered exposed brick, provides a relaxing place for guests to hobnob in the open air in the summer or enjoy the roaring fire in the winter.
Somewhat pretentious but always loud and lively, Waverly Inn offers an exclusive scene that might just be worth the wait.
Older corporate types, wealthy West Village residents, people from the worlds of publishing, fashion, and entertainment, young artists, and celebs, late 20s to 50s.
Ambient jazz, blues, and big band.
Full menu of upscale American cuisine by chef John DeLucie featuring local and organic produce and including truffled mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, and Dover sole with hollandaise. Brunch Sa–Su 11am–3pm.
Small plates $12–$16, entrées $21–$125. Beer $8–$14, wine $10–$28/glass or $60+/bottle, cocktails $14–$16, champagne $19–$26.
Dressy casual: suit jackets, button-downs, nice jeans, dresses, heels.
Weekdays after 9pm for dinner, Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for a casual drink before heading out on the town.
Excellent shopping awaits a few blocks west on Bleecker Street, home to stores like Olive & Bette’s (384 Bleecker Street), Lulu Guinness (394 Bleecker Street), Marc Jacobs (382 Bleecker Street), Bonpoint (392 Bleecker Street), and more.