Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn, a celebrity supperclub-slash-restaurant famous for never picking up its phone, is on Opentable.com as of yesterday. Call it the end of an era. Previously, plebeians would have to personally visit the restaurant and supplicate with the maitre d or host for a reservation a few nights later (to be fair: they’ve always accommodated same-day walk-ins).
We think thais a GOOD DEAL for everyone, especially for that imaginary (or real) dude in Graydon Carter’s Vanity Fair office working the books. This is also a GOOD DEAL for a guy like Ryan Sutton (that’s me) who was escorted out of the restaurant back in 2006 (by co-owner Emil Varda) when he tried to perform a fact-check for Bloomberg News. Sutton has since returned for Waverly’s excellent pork chop.
So how’s business at Waverly? Let’s check out the books for next Friday. Party of 4? Pretty decent availability. And as noted by @dellanimom, the venue is only taking reservations for about 10 days in advance, as opposed to the typical 30-days. As for a Sunday Night supper at Rao’s in East Harlem? Well, keep on wishing.