Chef Cédric Vongerichten loves the picturesque streets of Nolita, which is why he chose this vibrant Manhattan neighborhood as the location for his new restaurant. Wayan offers Indonesian cuisine with a modern French flair, in a sleek space warmed by teak paneling, lush plants, and whitewashed brick. The unique and varied menu combines seasonal products and savory Southeast Asian flavors. Wayan’s showpiece bar turns out innovative cocktails highlighting ingredients inspired by the region. The cozy dining room, with its soothing tones, recessed lighting, and authentic carvings, promotes the sharing of food and conversation.
Wayan is Cédric’s first solo venture, after partnering with his father, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, on eateries in New York and Jakarta. The restaurant’s name reflects this fact. In Balinese culture, each person receives one of four names based on birth order. Wayan is the name given to the first-born child—or, in this case, to the chef’s first independent culinary effort.