a shopping spree midtown is quite a great adventure, but when feeling a little peckish the area strangely doesn't deliver, and we'd hop in a cab for more happening culinary pastures. but the arrival of the wayfarer, a stylish seafood diner by hospitality gurus lyle richards, eric marx and jimmy haber, has given the neighbourhood a new kind of appeal. located on two floors inside the quin, a plush new boutique hotel, it similarly features an interior design by renowned new york-based practice meyer davis. the setting oozes a stately kind of chic reminiscent of a gentlemen's club from a bygone era, but when taking a closer look, one notices that modern elements have been blended that add a playful and eclectic edge.
the wayfarer can accommodate 130 guests, seated in various dining and lounging sections, furnished with a meticulously balanced style mix of custom-designed pieces. there's a lot to take in, but in a good way. raised paneling dipped in a classic grey hue, mid-century inspired chairs and striking chandeliers. but the true eye-catchers are the serpentine leather sofa which stretches halfway across the ground floor and an expansive bar made of pewter and glazed brick. the setting on the mezzanine floor features lounge seating, another bar and private dining rooms in a similar stylish setting.
the restaurant is helmed by executive chef braden reardon who has drawn up a menu of seafood specialties, using locally sourced fish, in addition to a range of steak varieties. signature dishes include cioppino, a tantalizing combination of alaskan king crab, lobster, shrimp and clams in a tomato broth, raw hamachi and razor clam with lemon and alaskan king crab. food this sumptuous requires an expert in he drink department and that's where christian sanders comes in. the award-winning mixologist has created a range of innovative cocktails that beautifully complement the wayfarer's mouthwatering dishes. location: 101 west 57th street [midtown].