NYC Outdoor Dining – Wayan in Nolita

It’s been a hot summer. Have you read the recent articles about how New York City is now a subtropical climate zone? I guess we can close our eyes and pretend that we’re somewhere more fun, like Bali or Singapore. Since we’re not getting on a plane to Bali any time soon, the next best thing is to pull up a chair on the outdoor patio at Wayan, the Indonesian restaurant in Nolita run by Cedric Vongerichten (Jean-Georges’ son).

The outdoor space at Wayan is decorated with palm trees and outfitted with nice lounge umbrellas, which work with the whole upscale Balinese resort vibe. Aside from the hand sanitizers available at each table, but we’re living in different times. The cocktails here in particular are excellent and reminded me of how much I missed drinking a really good mixed drink. The Indo Colada, a less slushy and less sweet version of the pina colada, really made my Saturday night.

I’ve been to Wayan during the pre-covid days, and I decided to order the things that really stood out back then–the chicken satay, nasi goreng and corn fritters. No surprise here, they were just as good as I remembered them to be.

We weren’t too hungry that day, so we opted for more light fare, like the roasted cauliflower and the crispy baby squid. Going surf + turf in this kind of manner turned out to be good call. The baby squid was excellent, with the skin being crisped to perfection, and left us feeling full but with additional room to spare.

Like the dessert. This is honestly the whole reason why we came to Wayan, to eat the fantastic banana sundae with ube ice cream. It did not disappoint. The pandan custard was also solid, but nothing beats the banana sundae. Now the meal was complete–we could properly sign off on our imaginary Bali trip staycation. Another round of cocktails also helped.

20 Spring St (between Elizabeth and Mott St)
New York, NY 10012
Reservations through Resy here.

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