Cedric Vongerichten (Perry Street) introduces Wayan, a French Indonesian restaurant in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood. Cedric, his wife Ochi, and their friend Ezra Williams are partners in Wayan, which translates to firstborn in Balinese, and offers approachable dishes that highlight the vibrant flavors of Ochi's birthplace, Jakarta, with a modern French flair.
PASSPORT TO INDONESIA
Wayan’s menu focuses on reimagined Indonesian dishes such as avocado gado gado, eggplant balado, lemongrass coconut chicken curry and nasi goreng served family-style and accompanied by bright dipping sauces and sides. The menu is split between satay skewers, small and large plates, and large-format specialties such as Balinese suckling pig and Wagyu strip loin. To drink, refreshing cocktails highlighting Indonesian ingredients like black sesame and ginger are offered alongside a global, accessible selection of wine and beer.
Designed by Shawn Sullivan and his team at Rockwell Group, the 80-seat space is both transportive and intimate, featuring lush greenery, rustic teak paneling and authentic carved wood pieces from Indonesia for a tropical-meets-downtown vibe. Guests enter into a bright, airy space featuring a custom light fixture composed of clusters, hand-painted glass globes and white brick walls. In the main dining room, an open kitchen and leather banquettes with Balinese wood details create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Wayan is open for dinner with all-day service to come.
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12am