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Mar 19, 2007 01:12 PM

Waverly Inn

Does anyone have the "secret" phone number or email address to make a reservation?

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  1. As I've commented previously, it's become abundantly clear that Graydon Carter is running Waverly Inn like a private club, something akin to a downtown version of Rao's, i.e., if you're just plain folks, he's not interested in your business.

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    1. re: RGR

      ny magazine reviewed this week if you're interested...

      1. re: jsmitty

        Not sure if this is true, but I heard that the restaurant is open to friends and "neighbors." A coworker of mine told me that walked in, said she lived nearby, and got a reservation.

          1. re: jsmitty

            one star seems pretty generous. walked in and had dinner about three weeks ago and was underwhelmed to the point of wishing we'd stayed home and heated some stouffer's entrees. didn't spring for the overpriced macaroni and truffle oil, but the rest of the meal was not nearly as pleasant as the sort of thing the REAL waverly inn served up a decade or so back as a haunt of elderly aunts and grannies. think of it as a non-"exotic" version of mr. chow -- same quality, same clientele -- and you'll get the idea.

            1. re: david sprague

              David, I was born on Bank and grew up on the Waverly Inn's fried chicken, mashed & gravy. God, I miss it. It would break my heart to go there and have to deal with the new status quo and the absence of the fried chicken.

              1. re: sing me a bar

                Went last night... short ribs fell right off the bone. Delicious.

          2. re: bread for breakfast

            this is true. you don't have to be a neighbor, either. if you're willing to wait and there's room, you're in. i did go with a friend who lives down the street from waverly inn, but i'm pretty sure we didn't mention that when we went in.

      2. Went a few months back when someone called in for me and got us a table. The food was okay, not bad, but nothing spectacular. The service, on the other hand, was terrible. They tried on THREE separate occasions to clear dishes when people were clearly not done. The third time I politely drew the captain's attention to this (He seemed uninterested and mumbled an apology). One time, honest mistake, two times, getting annoying, three times is just blatantly bad service. The capper was when we ordered drinks instead of desserts they asked us to have them at the bar (they did buy the round) but that is hardly the point, we had occupied the table less than two hours and they were rushing us through the entire meal. I would never, ever, go back there. That type of treatment is just inexcusable.

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        1. re: Hungry Brooklyn Mike

          My service was wonderful- I'm not a neighbor- had no reservations (Although i went on a rainy tuesday night) and my meal was delicious. The bread basket and short ribs in particular. The appetizer was the duck- and it was good, but not the best...but the main course easily blew me away. Loved it- not even for it's reputation. Kind of reminds me of Hampton's dining at places like "Il cappucino", very cozy like that.

          1. re: ACknowsStyle

            I couldnt agree more, despite all the negative comments here. ive eaten there numerous times, food has always been good, service good, great attitude of al wait persons, and crowd alike. all kinds of folks dining there, from models, to college kids so the comments above are in erro. the best way to get to them is via email

        2. All you have to do is to walk in sometime in the afternoon before service begins.

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          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

            My wife and I walked into the Waverly Inn the other day after work...between 6:30-7pm. Was seated right away. Food and service were surprisingly good. Bar area was small and cramped, but cool nonetheless. A real cozy feel.