|Address:||101 West 57th Street|
|Hours:||Breakfast: M-F 6:30a–11a
Lunch: M-F 11am–5pm
Din: M-Th, Sun 5pm–11pm F-Sat 5pm-12am
Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
|Room Around Tables For Stroller:||YES|
|Accessible (No Stairs):||YES|
|Double Stroller Friendly:||YES|
|Table Activity:||YES, Crayons/coloring book|
|Half Portions Available:||YES|
|Changing Table Men’s:||NO|
|Changing Table Women’s:||NO|
Appropriate for Babies, Toddlers or Kids
Best for Weekend Brunch or Lunch. Dinner is best reserved for business meetings or date night sans kids.
Sippy Cup Rating:(3.5 / 5)
Sunny and I jumped on the N train to meet my friend Ellen, and her son Simon at The Wayfarer. As we walked into the chic midtown restaurant, Ellen and I exchanged worried glances. Aside from some soft music overhead the atmosphere was very quiet, filled mostly with a mix of couples and business people. Not for long – enter Simon and Sunny! Much to our relief, the hostess welcomed us with open arms and immediately parked our strollers and led us to a big booth in the back of the restaurant. The location was ideal – we weren’t too close to other diners and had a lot of room to spread out our accouterments (one stuffed horse, one pair of jammies, 3 small toy trains, 2 diaper bags, 4 winter coats and 2 sippy cups).
Sunny and Simon promptly confirmed the diners’ unspoken concerns and started arguing over a toy train however the waitress was a pro and whisked over a bunch of crayons and 2 food-themed coloring books. Crisis 1 averted!
No kid’s menu? No worries. The Wayfarer was extremely accommodating and let us know (before we even asked) that we could get kid portions and side orders of anything. The restaurant prides itself on locally sourced ingredients so there were lots of healthy options on the menu. Simon promptly ordered a single blueberry pancake and Sunny opted for a side of scrambled eggs and a bowl of mixed berries. Ellen and I each got green juice and avocado toast with eggs, which we both loved. The food took a while to come (thank god for the coloring books) and the kiddies succumbed to GoGo’s and cheerios while they waited for their food however I think they’d agree – it was worth the wait.
Simon’s pancake was fluffy and loaded with blueberries. Sunny’s generous portion of eggs were soft and nicely seasoned. She appreciated the small “princess bowl” that housed her mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Both Ellen and I were quite conscious of the other diners around us because the restaurant was so quiet however overall, eye-rolls from other diners and staff were non-existent. The only bummer was that the restrooms do not have changing tables hence the posh breakfast concluded with me kneeling on the floor to change Sunny. The Wayfarer is not a family restaurant, nor is it trying to be, that said the staff is very friendly and accommodating and the food was very good.
The Wayfarer is near two very kid friendly activities and one of them is ….wait for it….FREE! After brunch Sunny and I walked to Central Park, which is two blocks away. Lined up at the entrance (although not if Liam Neeson can help it) is a long row of horse and buggies. The price to take a ride is steep, $50 bucks plus tip but looking at the horsey’s and saying “hi” to them is free! Sunny has been talking about the “nay nays” ever since. One driver let her feed his horse a carrot – that was a major highlight. A much less-free, yet fun option is the infamous FAO Schwartz toy store, which is another couple blocks away. [Editor note: FAO now closed]. Nothing like a full belly and a brand new My Little Pony wearing a tiara to conclude a weekend adventure! Of course if your kiddies have stamina and patience you might be able to convince them to take a stroll through Bergdorf. No such luck for me this time.
Ask for a booth in the back if your child is able sit without a booster chair. There is more space to spread out and you won’t be surrounded by other diners on all sides. If you need a high chair, or if you’re baby is still in the stroller, opt for a regular table.