Think of the Wayland as your ideal neighborhood bar. They make great cocktails, but they aren’t uptight like those bars where you have to enter a phone booth then name all fifty presidents in order to get seated. It’s a good, cozy, always-lively spot to get a drink in Alphabet City. They also do a small menu (with brunch on weekends), and there’s live music on certain days.
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