The Wolfe aims to provide “a classy place to enjoy food, sports and events,” according to general manager Elisa Dooley, who worked at Amity Hall Uptown near Columbia University for the past seven years. The establishment is owned by Stout NYC Group Hospitality, which owns and operates 13 bars and restaurants throughout New York City including Amity Hall, Maggie’s Place, The Independent, and three Stout NYC locations in Midtown.
The space is inspired by Tom Wolfe, the late novelist and long-time NYC resident, whose more well-known works include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, a satirical depiction of New York City in the 1980s that became a best seller. The decor and menu include nods to Wolfe, such as a cocktail called The Bonfire, a twist on an old fashioned with mezcal, reposado and smoked agave liquor.
As for food, Dooley said she was particularly excited about the dry-rub cherry chipotle wings.
Martin Whelan, part of Stout NYC Hospitality Group’s ownership, provided the idea to theme a restaurant after Tom Wolfe. The space along Amsterdam Avenue between Sarabeth’s and Momoya came later, once Spaghetti Tavern mysteriously closed less than two years after opening. Whelan reportedly brought his signed original copy of The Bonfire of the Vanities to his presentation to Community Board 7 in January 2023.
Stout Group completed a full gut renovation of the address that housed Frank Mac’s Pub and McAleer’s before Spaghetti Tavern. The space now includes eleven TVs, roughly twenty bar seats, high tops throughout, and two “nook” areas with low top tables designed to provide a more intimate setting for parties and events. The Wolfe is one of Stout’s smallest venues, aiming to provide a different vibe from its Amity Hall locations (near NYU and Columbia) and its larger Stout NYC locations which, due to their proximity to Grand Central and Penn Station/Madison Square Garden, have become popular spots for commuters and sporting event/concert attendees.
The Wolfe will serve lunch and dinner during the week with an all-day, everyday happy hour offering select beers from $5-9. There will be nightly specials Monday through Thursday, trivia nights on Wednesdays, and bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, check out The Wolfe’s website here.