The House
The House

The House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thehousenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123532121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sat-Sun: 12:00pm-3:30pm; Lunch: Tues-Fri 12pm-3:30pm; Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5:00pm-11:15pm; Fri-Sat 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Olnowich
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please contact Katherine Trujillo at events@thehousenyc.com for more information on large party's, buy outs, or special event reservations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Irving Place
  • Public Transit: N,R,Q,W,4,5,6, & L to 14th ST/Union Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: E. 16th Street Between Park & Irving E. 17th Street Between Irving & 3rd Avenue
A word from The House
The House is a magnificently restored 1854 carriage house located in the historic Gramercy Park. The three floor layout allows us to accommodate from your most intimate gatherings to large party events.
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The House reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (9)fit for foodies (7)special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went here with my parents but it's also a perfect date spot. Great atmosphere, food and service. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    ALamVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The House recently changed ownership/management, but they've retained just about the same great menu that I remember. The food is delicious and they didn't have a problem with us making a last-minute, late-night reservation. Definitely try the truffle mac and cheese! Thanks for the great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I had my anniversary dinner planned here weeks in advance. I called the restaurant the day before to confirm and then again 20 minutes prior to dinner actually starting. Turns out they were closed and didn't even bother to let us know. I had to scramble to find a suitable alternative and disappoint my wife on an important day. I wrote them an email and left plenty of voicemails as did my wife. Apparently they called her and offered a free round of drinks. Ehem, that's really, really cheap of them. I spoke with many friends about it. Apparently their food isn't even that great so maybe it was a blessing in disguise.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant is closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was very disappointed when I arrived at the restaurant and it was closed for renovations. How was I able to make a reservation?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Upon planning a whole night and traveling into the city from Long Island, we arrived during a rainstorm at the front door of The House to find the door locked. The lights were off and a small sign noted that it had been closed for renovations. News to me and my date. I can find nothing on the restaurants website, opentable or anywhere that the restaurant would be closed. Very disappointed
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Restaurant Was Closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I made a reservation on Open Table last week for the House and without any warning or message from either the restaurant or Open Table upon arrival found the restaurant completely closed. This is unacceptable. I will be cautious when using this service in the future, as well as cautious about frequenting this restaurant.
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  • Bad experience
    KatienycVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    It was terrible because it was closed and I was not notified. We showed up for friend's birthday and the restaurant was closed. This is really unacceptable.
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  • Judson
    Judsonbk
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was my second time there. Still trying to sit upstairs but I was happy I was able to even get a table since I was an hour late. Love the food and the server Josh has a great personality and is fun.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a romantic date spot
    Alice
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Service was very slow, food was sub par. When y ou walk in, the place smells like leftover beer. Not a romantic spot for a date, but not even a good place for food in general. Got the mac n cheese and it was so runny, I though they brought out the wrong dish. Save yourself the time and money. Pick another place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely tuna
    JoJo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visited for brunch on our first day in NYC, having missed out on a table at our first choice. It was a lovely sunny day so we opted for an outside seat, which was lovely, if a bit dusty! I had the tuna (from the specials board) which although twice the price of the tuna on the main menu, was absolutely delicious. Mouth-wateringly good! The eggs benedict my partner ordered was okay, but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and quiet
    JCardiffVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The food is solid here, except for the mac and cheese with truffles which I find a little watery. I guess I just prefer a baked mac and cheese. Great vegetarian options here to with a vegetable panino and great faro with butternut squash dish at a recent lunch. The burger is great. I've never been upstairs -- only eating in the bar area which is charming and downstairs at a special dinner which was right off the kitchen. You really can hear your dinner companions here and that is so rare today.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice venue
    DTraveler
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Nice building in nice location. Food very good. Entrees reasonably priced; appetizers and alcohol overpriced. (Deviled eggs were tasty, but $14 for four deviled egg halves?)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 746 reviews are from the The House reviews archive.
  • An unsuspected gem
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The lovely townhouse setting would suffice. Add skilled cuisine and a soundtrack of vintage blues, and the result is a superlative, memorable experience. We checked it out on a twofer -- will definitely return full-fare.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but...
    ANNA
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The staff is very accommodating, but and the Food was fantastic, however the service was really poor. We never got the bread, one of the appetizers was brought after the main dish.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENCE AT A REASONABLE PRICE
    JeffreyGLVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I made my reservation for a special birthday based on Zagat recommendations and was not disappointed. Our waiter could not have been nicer, in a very genuine way. Room is quite comfortable and food is better than it has any right to be for the price. Setting is a lovely town house.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phylcc
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great appetizer selection. Mushroom flatbread was a must. Had the scallops with butternut puree. Scallops were excellent, but puree was too soupy, needed a bit more substance to be able to enjoy. Friend had scallops as well and felt the same. Other friend had the chicken, loved it, thought it was a tad dry. Enjoyed the sundae for dessert, but the coffee was too strong for us. Service was fabulous. Love the atmosphere and architecture of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were charged 32 dollars for 4! Yes, four scallops!! The steak was small and overcooked. Salad was 14 dollars for basically two leaves of letuce, artfully arranged on the plate to create an illusion of volume. We filled up on bread Dont go there...you will leave hungry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Accident
    FussyFoodie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We decided to go to The House because we had some friends visiting the neighborhood. ..well we all figured if nothing else we would have a drink and casual dinner...well we had the best evening we ha e had in a long time. Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful Happy servers AND amazing food...This is worth a visit...Can't wait to go back...again and again! See you next Wednesday.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    CWrightVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The food was good, the service not as good. I expected more than just a bar, but it was fine for what it was. Prices a bit on the high side for what you got. Wine list needs improvement.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for our Anniversary
    Alex
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Chose The House for our 1 year anniversary and couldn't have been happier. Great food, interesting menu and best of all was the ambiance. Very romantic and not too loud as some NYC restaurants can be. A little bit on the pricey side, but for a special occasion it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went here for a friends surprise birthday dinner. She immediately fell in love with the ambience. The combination of relaxing jazz music and local neighbor friendliness was perfect. The food was delicious, the bartender made amazing drinks, and we left with full happy bellies. It was the perfect touch for such a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations!
    Jenn
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday. It was romantic and the food was fit for foodies. Can't wait to return! They brought out a special dessert for my wife and the drinks were perfectly made we had to have 3 of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter was attentive and
    CityGalVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The waiter was attentive and helpful, gave good recommendations. The trio of dips to start was flavorful and yummy! Needed more flatbread to go with it. Eggs Benedict were very good, I recommend the hollandaise sauce on the side. The atmosphere was lively, as other patrons were celebrating birthdays, taking pics and chatting. It's not the kind of place for a private, intimate meal, but it's not too noisy either. And the Sinatra tunes in the background were fun. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    Traveler
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This is a nice restaurant and probably great for neighborhood people but my experience wasn't special. The music might be good for the vibe but was too loud for a romantic dinner. The food was fully priced and simply good. The staff was nice and professional but simply that-no personality to make you feel special-and that might be fine in a large restaurant but this one is small and intimate. I brought a European friend there and wished that I had picked something a little more special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise
    KatieD
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The House, which we had thought might be a bit stuffy, was anything but. The hostess and waitstaff were gracious and attentive. Our meals were delicious, with perfectly sized portions. The atmosphere was formal, but the ambiance was relaxed. A great place for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great for a special occasion -- the waitstaff was outstanding - super friendly & funny! The food was wonderful and the ambiance was super cute & cozy. Perfect intimate dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    great food but staff on their phones. music was great and service was too. it was a bit expensive, but the mac and cheese truffle is worth every penny. the knives are strange
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meeting for Work
    bill
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This place was great. Great hostess, great waiter as well. The seafood was amazing. I went for a client meeting and the setting could not be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place for an intimate lunch
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Quiet, nice place, but the service is spotty and Manu not quite broad enough for healthy eaters. Nice ambiance but a menu expansion would help
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to go
    Justin
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A cute place to go with a good friend or significant other, loved the inside and outside; service was quality and the food was excellent. I was all about it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The House...
    JMerced456
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Small space to done at but definitely a smooth & relaxing ambiance. Food was very flavorful but the amount/sizing was sufficient for me. Try to be seating upstairs and make sure to book well in advance do to the small spacing & popularity of the restaurant. I would recommend this place to everyone BUT since I have a big diet and I like a wider variety of food when I'm out eating I will not return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    MRia
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Best Mac and cheese ever!! Very romantic setting. Great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and sweet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went here for valentines day it was cute and cozy. Perfect for an anniversary dinner or valentines day. Will definitely Go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly pricey, but the
    Mpswans1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Incredibly pricey, but the food's quality lives up to it! Went for Valentines Day, so I think the regular menu is a little bit more affordable, but overall fantastic. Small portions, but will fill you up if you're not looking for a Big Mac and lArge fry feeling of satiation. Super romantic!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    Valerie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Via our Open Table reservation , we requested the most romantic table but were seated in the bar area. I assumed that this was the most they could offer. When i took a look around, I found that the upper level was quieter and more dimly lit. To my surprise, there were vacancies in the upper level. Also, the seating in the bar area was not ideal for romance as the chairs and tables were tall and pub-like. The music in the bar area was also too loud. It felt too busy even though there was only one or no additional couples in our section at all times.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unpleasant hostess and too noise
    Maru
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I got this recomendation for the perfect dinner to celebrate a romantic birthday and it wasn't due to the place was full, the hostess was unpleasant and rude, the noise was too loud, the food is good but not enough to clear the first impresion of the hostess. I will not recomend this, eventhough i made a reservation the table wasn't ready when we arrived. What a shame!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening...
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Our dinner at The House was lovely. Wonderful ambience, very good food and service. The prices were not outrageous and the portions were appropriate... Not too large and not too small. My only complaint would be that the wine list was extraordinarily expensive. You could buy quartinos for a somewhat high price... I could not justify paying the overly inflated prices for a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a pleasant surprise
    Kathy2goVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It is a jewel in Union Square with a old carriage house turned into a charming restaurant. What a pleasant surprise find.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a treasure
    lynnVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The fire was burning in the fireplace, the table was large and the chairs comfortable. The food is amazing here. It was comfort food from lobster macaroni to wild boar lasagna, but also had lighter fare for those that preferred it. Everything tasted great. One person had the roast chicken, one had the lightly seared tuna, and another had the lasagna. It was all delicious! The starters, endive salad, and pulpo (grilled octopus) were equally delightful. The dessert offerings were plentiful, the sundae is to be avoided (how can a sundae be dry????) but the apple dish was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Doesn't have an extensive
    WillVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Doesn't have an extensive menu, but the food was good. The ambience is what sets this restaurant apart. It's a restaurant in the union square that looks like a house. Incredible. Lastly, bar is pretty small so I wouldn't recommend going here for drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet