I’ve eaten a lot of burgers in Midtown Manhattan, so it’s not always easy for me to find one in the neighborhood that I haven’t tried. Chef Will Shear recommended the Wayfarer, and though it won by the default condition of being the only recommendation I’d never been to, I still had high hopes because I trust Will. The Wayfarer is a rather massive (by New York City standards) restaurant at the Quin Hotel. Chef Chris Shea puts together some really interesting dishes, taking influence from different cuisines and giving them a twist that is unique to this restaurant.
Burger Ordered: The Wayfarer Burger
The Taste: I’m going to be real with you, I ate this burger a while ago and it’s fuzzy in my memory. Fortunately, I talked about it on the Like, Bite & Share podcast at the time so I am reminded through the magic of technology that I thought it was pretty good (though my cohost Rev thought it was better than I did), and that the fries were off the friggin’ chain. So yes, the burger is more than solid (aged cheddar is always a winner), but the real story here is a different beef dish. Wayfarer serves beef and broccoli sushi. Beef and broccoli sushi! Raw beef! It’s real, and you should eat it.
The Verdict: You could go for the burger, because the fries alone make the purchase worth it, but you should go for the inventive, non-fish sushi dishes.
The Wayfarer is located at 101 West 57th Street in Manhattan, New York.