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139 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003 40.73219 -73.988449
nr. Third Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-478-8702 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Cafes, Coffeehouse, Soup & Sandwich
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Mon-Tue, 7am-8pm; Wed-Fri, 7am-10pm; Sat, 8am-10pm; Sun, 8am-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Third Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Reservation


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary



The interior of Wayside is furnished with wooden tables and benches that seat no more than fifteen or twenty people. At night the space becomes a wine and beer bar, but during the day it's at its peak: Young customers hunch over their laptops or whisper softly over a well-earned coffee break. The selection of Mediterranean sandwiches—which can all be served on either pita or a baguette—is small but well curated, and there’s quite a bit of variety. The goat-cheese-and-arugula sandwich is light and refreshing, topped with a vinaigrette that goes well with the pita. For a heavier option, order the salami fontina: thick-cut meat complemented by a generous layer of lightly melted cheese (it’s best served on a crusty baguette). There are not many breadless items, but if you are craving veggies, the arugula salad is a good bet—cucumbers, tomatoes, and halloumi are heaped on a bed of arugula, with pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top. In lieu of a tip jar, your friendly baristas have arranged a sign reading “Who would win in a fight?” below two glasses labeled with the competitors (like Amanda Bynes vs. Lindsay Lohan, and Barack vs. Michelle). It’s a cute quirk that reflects the café’s relaxed, eclectic vibe.

Recommended Dishes

Goat-cheese-and-arugula sandwich, $9