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Wai? Cafe

201 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.730172 -73.983447
at 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-388-1997 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Eclectic/Global, Health Food
  • Price Range: $

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  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


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Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

Both Wai? Cafe locations offer great bangs for your buck with generous portions of healthy dishes at skimpy prices. While the food won't inspire culinary ecstasies, it is solid and, at times, even inspired. What's more, the menu is large and diverse: French, Asian and Italian cuisines are all competently represented, if not authentically. This is satisfying food—the portions are hearty without being overwhelming, and the flavorings in dishes like the hummus and the rosemary chicken salad are robust enough to make you feel as though you've eaten more than you have. The only downside to Wai? is that both restaurants fade demurely into their surroundings, making them easy to miss. But if an aversion to trendiness ensures that the prices remain the same, that's hardly a tragedy.


Sat.–Sun., 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Hummus platter, $5