Published November 07, 2006
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Inside Graydon Carter's New Resto
We like our well-aged articles as much as the next guy.
Which is why we so delightfully anticipated the arrival of Ye Waverly Inn
, the charmingly olde new
restaurant from well-coiffed Carter and the folks behind the Maritime Hotel. While Waverly isn't "open" to
the public for another four weeks, we stopped by for a soft opening meal the other night and give you the
first glimpse into Ye Inn.
Push open the tiny green wooden door and remember to duck. Low ceilings, fireplaces everywhere you turn
(watch those leather elbow patches), and opulent old-world touches will transport you out of modern-day New
York and have you hankering for a pipe, a drink and a book (or at least a pipe, a drink and a
Knock off one craving with a well-shaken martini (duly hyped by Carter himself) at the old refinished wood
bar. Grab a seat in the cozy main dining room and scope the crazy murals of famous West Village dwellers,
like Bob Dylan and Nathan Lane. Or for a more private meal, try the lush Conservatory Room in the
back—yes, that's a tree growing through the glass greenhouse ceiling (take that, concrete jungle).
Hang your coat on the brass coat hooks above each table and settle in for some classic comfort food like
braised ribs, chicken pot pie and oysters (just as good now as in 1840). You'll feel so well-fed and
well-settled in here after some good conversation and friendly, unpretentious service that you might be
wishing there were rooms upstairs.
Ye Inn officially opens post-Thanksgiving, but let's just say that a well-heeled pair stopping by these days
after 6:30 may get a nice soft opening seat.
Just don't tell Carter we sent you.
Ye Waverly Inn
16 Bank St
(at Waverly Pl)
New York, NY 10014