The Waverly Inn

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The Waverly Inn 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. New York United States 40.736878 -74.002193
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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

  • Subway:

    1, 2, 3: 14th Street-7th Avenue

  • Phone:

    917-828-1154

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Bar: 6pm–midnight
    Kitchen: 6–11pm
    Brunch: Sa–Su 11am–3pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Waverly Inn Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Okay, here’s something you have to try…the truffled mac and cheese goes for $125 – but, the chef has been known to come out and shave the truffles tableside, and you’ll never taste anything else like it.

  • Crowd

    Older corporate types, wealthy West Village residents, people from the worlds of publishing, fashion, and entertainment, young artists, and celebs, late 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient jazz, blues, and big band.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Small plates $12–$16, entrées $21–$125. Beer $8–$14, wine $10–$28/glass or $60+/bottle, cocktails $14–$16, champagne $19–$26.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy casual: suit jackets, button-downs, nice jeans, dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekdays after 9pm for dinner, Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for a casual drink before heading out on the town.

  • Close By

    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.

The Waverly Inn User Reviews

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Being Seen
Giuseppe C. Feb 28, 2013
I’m all about the West Village. My wife works in the neighborhood, and so it’s natural for us to meet up there and explore. Having passed by the Waverly Inn and its always-crowded outdoor dining area any number of times, eventually we decided we had to see what all the excitement was about -- and specifically why so many evidently posh people felt it necessary to be seen there. At my wife’s suggestion, we booked a table three nights in advance. At the time I thought this was perhaps a bit excessive, but, in hindsight, I’m glad we did it -- the Waverly Inn really is the sort of place that people like to book out -- and it is consistently busy. Damned busy, in fact. And so it was for our dining experience there. To be honest, I was distracted the entire time. I’ve eaten at plenty of upscale restaurants in Manhattan before, and a lot of the time it’s easy to see why a certain place has developed a certain reputation. Delicious, gourmet meals; sublime ambiance; some sort of ineffable charm: these are the sorts of things that make a pricy eatery worth visiting. The Waverly Inn, to be blunt, possesses none of these qualities, at least so far as I could tell. I had difficulty finding something on the menu I even wanted to eat in the first place, let alone pay the prices for. My wife had a similar problem. Ultimately it was overpriced pasta from the both of us, as well as long looks down the nose from the server and from some of the other guests. Not only did I not feel welcome here -- I felt as though I was being judged the entire time. If you’re looking to be seen at a prime posh locale in the West Village, check out the Waverly Inn. They do a lovely job of making it clear that they think quite highly of themselves. Otherwise, save yourself some cash and give it a skip.
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