16 Bank St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.736959 -74.002196
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
$5 for the mac n cheese $50 for the atmosphere – My friend and I went to Waverly Inn last night. We were walk-ins but did not wait too long for a table.. approximately 10 minutes. We were seated in the very back room, which was a bit out of the main dining room but still not awful. The portions, while small, are not horrible but are far from delicious. We opted to split the mac n cheese with the black truffles which was good but not quite worth the exorbitant price. The mousse we had for dessert was very good.. All the food came out very quick, which made it difficult to linger at the table and take in the atmosphere and of course do the occasional celebrity search. Overall, we enjoyed the experience?isn't that what we all go there for anyway?
Up his own behind bartender – My boyfriend and I called in here on New Year's Eve for a drink on our way to dinner elsewhere. I have to say, this place is totally phoney - it pretends to be English and 'exclusive' but honestly, take it from me - someone who actually *lives* in England - English people would never ever be as rude as the bartender in that place! We paid an eye-watering amount for two disgusting glasses of wine which the bartender practically threw at us in his distaste at having to serve two non-New York, non-social climbers. A lovely place which is totally spoilt by its nasty, rude staff. Avoid it! Try Freeman's on Freeman's Alley (LES) for somewhere with a similar atmosphere but with friendly and welcoming staff and wonderful food.
good first impression...wound up awful – my husband and i went to the waverly this past saturday night . we have both been in the restaurant business for 15 years plus. we were warmly greeted at the door and were told to have a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. the bartender was gracious and quick an the cocktails were delicious. the bar area got a bit crowded with icky high maintenance chicks and dudes, but hey. we were led to our table a half hour later...all the way in the very back against a door with a serious draft. OK...someone has to sit there i suppose. everything went downhill from here. not sure if we were written off for ordering a $115 bottle of wine (the list was crazy expensive)....but we ordered and then i hear our server telling the table behind me the specials. oh, i should mention we were not told the specials, and i would have totally ordered some of them. we were essentially ignored for the remainder of the evening and THE FOOD IS NOT GOOD. the country salad was overdressed, the tuna tartar was like boring wet cat food. my berkshire pork chop was totally overcooked. i just wanted outta there and didn't have dessert (and i NEVER don't order dessert)....suppose it's still a celebrity hangout (keifer sutherland was there that night)....but what started as a potentially great dinner ended up awful. don't bother. go to the spotted pig. the food is better, drinks are cheaper and you could still maybe see beyonce here as well. the waverly is ALL HYPE.
Rude Bartender – My husband and I went to the Waverly on a Saturday early evening and I BEGGED him to stop in for a drink...WHAT A MISTAKE!! I was sooo excited to get in and sit at the bar. The drinks I have to say were really good..the bartender was ok UNTIL he decided to kick us out of our seats at the bar so a couple of young girls could sit down...not asking just my husband to give up his seat but literally told us to "get up" so these two girls could sit down..we had not been there long, and we were spending GOOD money..I asked for our bill which he threw at me and I have to say even the two girls were shocked and did not want us to give up our seats..the bartender went on to tell them that we were from Chicago and just visiting so we needed to leave..actually, we visit NYC frequently as we were living in CT at the time...I took the bill, paid with my American Black Card and left and will NEVER GO BACK!!!! We are business owners and would IMMEDIATELY dismiss an employee who treated a patron like this. There are too many GREAT places to eat or just hang out in NYC...this place STUFFY, PRETENGIOUS, OVERPRICED AND YES, THE BARTENDER WAS A CHUBBY, RUDE, OBNOXIOUS WANT A BE..also looked like he hadn't showered in quite a while too. What a worthless, waste of our time and money!!
OK – I am a very rare poster but I had to comment on the girl in her late twenties that has had 15 years "experience" as a restaurant goer. That provided cocktail party fodder for me for at least a year, thank you.
As far as the review goes, perhaps you and your gal pals expected more than a drink for your dime; I found the place exactly as expected given it's origins..
Great bar, great bartenders who are all personality. Amazingly still a hot scene and packed with great eye candy. – After reading the last review I simply had to put in my two cents, I've been hanging out at the bar at The waverly Inn since it reopened. I stop in once every few months, the bartenders always remember my name and what i drink. I think they are a charming combination of ol' pros and hipsters. The looser with the beef who wrote the last review is just that! There hasn't been a "concord grape martini" available at the bar sinse October. I know this cause the head bartender recommended it to a date of mine right before he was taking it off the menu cause the grapes were no longer available. The Waverly is a great place to pop in and have a cocktail and i have never had a bad experience. Love eating at the bar. No automated robots, real NYC personality and what a scene!
15 minutes are over – Went for dinner here with several girlfriends. I was here several months ago for drinks and decided to try out dinner when friends were in from out of town. I've been in NYC for over 15 years and am very familiar with the scene and how it works at places such as the Waverly. I'm a girl in my late-twenties and have frequented many of the city's hotspots in my day. Let me start with the food was really very good. Had a fantastic entree. However, I don't care if the Mac N Cheese is sprinkled with gold, nothing is worth that pricetag. Truthfully, I've had better at S'mac. The wine list was also overpriced, but to be expected. All in all, the meal was pretty good. Let me get to the real reason I even bothered to write this review. For lack of a tactful way to say this, the bartender is an absolute waste of space. I ordered the grape concord cocktail and served it to me like I owed him fellatio for giving me the honor of him making my drink. He was rude, didn't acknowledge us when we asked for the bill, and he looked like absolute garbage. He's an out of work actor with a very large and unsubstantiated ego. Previous reviews that stated how this place used to be classy are spot on. These 15 minutes have been over for a long time.
A Gastro-tastrophe to the Stars – A cramped vomitorium of manufactured hominess for the rich and famous. No wonder the bartender is so miserable.
don't waste your money – overrated food-- went with friends & one had to send back the duck b/c it was overcooked. the $90. mac & cheese isn't worth it. and, the maitre-d and waiter were condescending. also, they don't allow you to take a picture of yourself or your friends at the restaurant, so don't try unless you want the waiter to rush over and say "we don't allow that here. Our clientele doens't like it."
Great spot – great place to eat at the bar, the bartenders treat loyal customers very well and the food is excellent.
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