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The Whitby Bar and Restaurant

4.7
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504 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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High Tea
The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, inside the Whitby Hotel located in the heart of New York's upper Midtown, offers modern American food in a uniquely eclectic setting. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, The Whitby Bar and Restaurant also features an extensive cocktail and international wine menu, and classic English afternoon tea.

Reservations made on Opentable are for a la carte dining or Afternoon Tea. If you would like to join us for cocktails and bar snacks, the lounge area is open seating only. If you have a cocktail reception inquiry for more than 8 guests, please call the hotel directly.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 504 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipefoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome space and great, friendly service. 😊👏🏼

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable yet relaxed and no pressure to rush. Had a wonderful meal and enjoyed showing my out of town gust around the hotel as well. Highly recommed as always!

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vipDonnaC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service and the perfect setting!

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vipMJR1
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food, Great Bar Scene, Friendly Bartenders and Waitstaff. Reservations honored and Noise Level was Energetic and yet you could easily have a conversation.

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Matt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We were surprised and delighted by the Whitby. It's a lively and happy place. The menu is interesting and the food delicious. We'll definitely be back!

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vipJmb1
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was very good. Food also very good except one meal portion was minute- seared tuna

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vipTexascsroline
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE the Whitbey
Burger is world-class
I prefer to sit up front near window

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viphungrygrl
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Both food and service have improved, a great place for business lunches.

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Jack
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Particularly courteous and knowledgeable staff made for an especially pleasant dining experience.

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Jfurioso12
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely venue for a celebration tea, the scone, sandwich and cake stand is ample, and there is also a delicious gluten free/vegan option. It’s pricey, but good for a special occasion - a very stylishly decorated room, great service and a calm quiet atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Easy Sunday brunch. Service was outstanding!

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vipclairey
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Dining at the Whitby Bar & Restaurant is a first-rate experience. The staff is warm and hospitable and the menu is varied, the food is delicious, and the ambience is top-notch! The weekend brunch is excellent and the afternoon high tea is lovely. What more could one want?

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mariac
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Lovely dining experience at the Whitby Hotel. We had drinks at the bar where the bartender was very informative about the cocktails and spoke to some of the design elements of the hotel.
Holly, the manager, was beyond welcoming and made my birthday very special with some extra special touches during our dining experience.
Only critique would be that the back dining room, while very beautiful, was very cold with all the glass and high ceiling. They brought us a heater which greatly helped. Next time I would eat in the bar part of the restaurant, especially in the winter.
We will all go back for sure. Kit Kemp's attention to detail really makes the Whitby a New York place to not miss!

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vipLulu117
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as always. :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful decor and ambience. The food is Phenom. Loved the Mac n Cheese.. definitely going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the exuberance of the decor down to the china and wallpaper! Lovely brunch, too. Next time I’ll come for tea!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found this wonderful spot by a chance walk and glance at their menu; made reservations and the rest is history! Our new go-to neighborhood restaurant; beautifully prepared, fresh and unusual ingredients. We’re a vegetarian and a carnivore ... this spot offered us both some special treats. Look forward to returning soon.
Great atmosphere as well in front bar and rear dining area. And loved that chewy warm mini loaf of bread!! Thanks for a memorable evening!!

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vipJandGNYC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

My wife and I had been there for Restaurant Week, and we LOVED it, so we went back. Very disappointing. The dishes we enjoyed for Restaurant Week were not on the regular menu. The tuna sashimi appetizer was very dry and bland, with little pieces of orange and jalapeños on top. Even the jalapeños were devoid of flavor. For the main course, I asked the waiter for a recommendation based on what other patrons liked. He recommended the chicken breast with risotto. My wife had the squid ink pasta with crab. Both of these main courses were just OK... Not worth the price though. Sadly we won’t be returning to the restaurant. It’s unfortunate, because the service is good and it’s in a geographically desirable location for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Whitby is a magical spot in Manhattan with wonderful ambience and a diverse menu!

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vipFallenFromItsThrone
New England
55 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Whitby is fantastic. The food is delicious and amazing. The staff is over the top professional and remember everything about you. EVERYTHING. Come in a second time and they’ll remember you, what you ate and what you drank. Amazing.

I stumbled on this and now I’m HOOKED!!!!

Don’t miss this NYC gem. This surprise waiting for you.

Oh. And you can thank me later.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food, and as always, the most beautiful and inspiring environment!

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Scoting
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent, interesting menu, attentive staff, interesting and comfortable surroundings and blessedly reasonable noise level, which is too uncommon in NYC.

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Ljeeper
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Stunningly beautiful space! Wedgewood China service ware, silver flatware, etc.

They did not recognize reservation was made via NYC Restaurant Week, even though it was. There was no restaurant week menu available. Hostess was accommodating and provided us with a $36 Lunch option. Food was delicious but server was no knowledgeable about dish ingredients and switched shifts in the middle of our lunch. We were left confused and looking for our server constantly.

I would go back as the interior design and food were excellent but I hope for a much higher level of service for a restaurant of its caliber.

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vipgramercypl
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The room was beautiful and the hostess was very friendly. Loved the decor and our corner booth was comfortable. We were there for lunch and it was not very busy. It was surprising that the service was not as attentive as it should have been. We had to stop someone to get water. Food was good.

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vipdspf
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The loviest place. They were clearly understaffed so the service was slower than it should have been. That said, the staff was charming and professional and we wouldn’t hesitate to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Poor and slow service

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Finesse
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative menu - Well executed - will go back again

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JeanneG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant week meal. Beautiful setting.

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nomadzenn
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Restaurant Week and it was an EXCELLENT choice. Great food, great service, great ambiance, what more can you ask? The staff was solicitous and accommodated our various allergies. There was even gluten-free bread on offer! Highly HIGHLY recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, attentive and sophisticated. We had restaurant week menu, we loved it. The madeleines presentation was amazing! I will definitely come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic vegan tea! Book early as it gets quite crowded.

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Lola
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. Great place for dinner. Beautiful rooms.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely charming decor and fantastic service. My friend accidentally left her daughter’s present there and they called us when they found it. They were willing to mail it to her in the suburbs (postage paid with her CC). Love the old school charm decor and all the sound absorption the upholstery provides! Heehee.

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vipReidsEats
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the very best restaurant experiences of my life. Truly extraordinary!

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vipThomasS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Good food. Not bad service - just no service. Some attitude. Not trained staff.

SG
vipStephanieG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Terrible service.. flagging waitstaff down consistently. The table next to us was doing the same. It’s a shame because the atmosphere is so lovely. I would think twice about returning and I’ve been there many times.

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viphkhenry
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Louder tha usual due to restaurant week. Excellent food

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vipdancingfoodie
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Since we first tried the Whitby on Restaurant Week a few years ago, we keep coming back. Fine service, lovely ambiance (and if you get there early or late enough, it's quieter than many other restaurants). My meal was wonderful, and portions generous. My friend loved everything but her entree, but that was very subjective since it was something she'd never tried before.

This is a real find in this neighborhood, and worth a trip.

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vipCharlesT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fantastic met Hollywood actress and rhony there

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