It is the closest I ever feel in New York to it just being mine. This is my time.
— Bartender Michael Neff
Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

At 5:30am in the morning in New York all the bad people have gone to bed, and all the good people aren’t up yet. When I worked in the East Village. I lived on MacDougal Street. After I had everything closed up, I would often stroll through the city from the east side to the west side.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

It is the closest I ever feel in New York to it just being mine. This is my time. You don't see anyone else around and you see so much. You can sit down on the steps of a church for a minute and realize that you never noticed it before. You can go anywhere you want at that time.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

I stop into the Waverly Diner for eggs, bacon, and home fries (because no one does hash browns in New York). I don’t understand why no one does hash browns on the East Coast.

Photo credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

WAVERLY RESTAURANT
385 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014
T: 212.675.3181 | www.waverlyrestaurant.net


Bartender Michael Neff

Bartender Michael Neff is a bi-coastal bartender who has launched and worked at classic bars in New York (Ward III, The Rum House, and most recently Holiday Cocktail Lounge) and Los Angeles (Three Clubs and soon to be opened Clifton's Brookdale).

Get bartender Michael Neff's New York City and Los Angeles bar recommendations in the Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.


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