The House
The House

The House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thehousenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 353-2121
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The House reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (36)neighborhood gem (30)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (26)notable wine list (9)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Ugh...nothing special
    SavvyeaterNYC
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've walked by The House many times and often wondered what it would be like. The building is an old 2 story "house" and is adorable. It's been there for a very long time so I thought there must be a good reason for it to stay in business. Well, my first experience wasn't great. There was a private party upstairs so we had to sit on the first floor not far from the bar. This wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't have the high chairs/table, it felt like I had to jump up (I'm 6'1") and stop the chair from either swiveling or keep my body from sliding off the seat. Our table was wobbly & I asked our waitress 3 times to fix it. Finally, I asked the busboy to take care of it. Though I got the yes node I think he was unsure of what to do. Finally, it was fixed. While waiting for our food, we were easily entertained with the waitress/barmaid, she insisted on seating couples at a table in the corner of the room that had an air draft coming from an open women. Rather than fix it, we saw each couple be seated only to get up & move to another table. Finally, we brought the issue to a manager & he fixed the situation. My date ordered the lobster sandwich; which she enjoyed. I ordered a soup & a fritatta. The soup was to creamy and the fritatta speical was bland and accompanied with a very small "tasting" of a root mash. They were both sitting on a huge white plate that made the presentation minimal. The frittata had more ROOT vegitables in it...why? Skimping on the "normal" veggies? Obviously, the place didn't WOW me and I don't plane on returning. To bad....
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Gorgeous & delicious! Amazing date night spot, we did a double date and it was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Choice
    Victorious4
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is a great place to have a nice dinner. The food was fresh and delicious. The ambience was cozy and romantic. The only recommendation I have is to have an oaky, buttery Chardonnay available by the glass. The service was professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The House - is a real gem
    HopefulJ
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    In a restored 19th century carriage house, The House is a perfect gem. The menu is short but well chosen - the truffled mac'n'cheese was superb - and allows you to have a cheese tasting plate, or a full-blown three courses. The wine list is excellent - I asked for recommendations and got a superb Albariño with my devilled eggs - and the charming staff were not at all fazed by my ordering a cocktail that didn't appear on the list (a Manhattan - and very good it was too). The place is small but perfectly formed - book a table quick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Lovely restaurant. Good food. Nothing to disappoint or really commend itself. The setting is very cosy and warm. Intimate. Here's the thing. I goofed the rez and made it for 4 but thought I made if for 5. Despite the restaurant being tiny they put a 4 and 2 top together to accommodate us. Attitude in a good way. Lovely staff to go along with the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful meal here Thursday night. The food was very good and the staff was delightful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I went for a birthday party with a party of 10. The food was excellent but the service was not up to speed. It was a busy night - but our waiter seemed annoyed, was not very attentive, had to be reminded to bring our drinks, and gave us somebody else's check by mistake. The restaurant definitely made up for the lack of service with great food. But we spent over $800 dollars and at that rate, service should be impeccable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely but salty
    llgg
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our party of 3 enjoyed the relaxed (homey) atmosphere & attentive service but we all found our meals to be salty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GastonSingeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Beautiful space! Good food. Nice people. Some lighter food options would be good.
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  • Romantic and Beautiful
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our evening at The House. This is a very special and spectacularly beautiful old house that has been tastefully refurnished to become a lovely place to enjoy drinks and dinner. We chose to sit upstairs after a warm welcome. It took a long time to order a drink and then a long time to receive it, but after that the service was improved and professional. The food is very good with a mushroom/cheese/truffle oil flatbread that was amazing. My scallop dish was very good, but the brussels sprouts missed the mark. We will return to this very pretty and very romantic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little spot
    Shoegal21
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great little spot. It used to be an apartment/home and now it's a restaurant. Very cozy and different. Great food. Scallops & braised short ribs were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Donald
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great place, very romatic. If you are going Friday night to Sunday make a reservation it fills up fast. I will definetly be back !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Restaurant,OpenTable Res. Poor
    RFRK
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    'The House' is a lovely, special occasion restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. My problem lies with "Open Table" Reservations. I needed a 6pm reservation, for four people, and was told that only 5:30 was available. So I tried 6:30 and once again was directed to only 5:30 being available. So I took the 5:30 reservation. The restaurant did not fill up even when we left the place at 7:45pm. Upon speaking to the manager we were told that there was no reason we should not have been given a 6pm reservation. Tables were available. So I hope that "Open Table" can work out problems like this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but expensive
    jjvvvvvv
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Nice time there with my girlfriend. Quiet and romantic place. The food was excellent, but maybe too expensive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • aprillongVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our party of three each truly enjoyed our meals. We had no complaints at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Reviews said that the restaurant was quiet- not so in our case. Tuna was very salty - scallops were good. service was Meh.
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  • Great spot.
    KatieF
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had an early reservation (7pm) and were the only ones seated upstairs. A small cozy floor with low ceilings (it was once the 2nd floor of a carriage house after all), and a beautifully appointed bar. We were given the best table right in front of the large circular window looking out onto the street. It was dimly lit and quiet with nice music playing. Things got louder as space filled up around 8:30-9pm. The hostess, waitstaff, and management were all top notch. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Arrived early so we had a drink at the bar on the first floor. Friendly bartender, great drinks, lovely room. We then had dinner upstairs and once again the service was wonderful, room beautiful and the food creative and delicious. My friend is a chef and restaurant owner so we asked him to order for us...he ordered many different dishes for us to all share. Delicious!!! The music was even fun and we were singing to the oldies. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Union Square
    roxanneVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    On a Sunday night, this was a perfect place to meet friends driving in from the suburbs. Plenty of street parking. Quiet spot on a Sunday which was perfect for conversation. Food was good, but not great. I had the tuna which our waiter recommended. It was okay. There was something in whatever they used to encrust it which actually felt like sand or grit. Not sure what it was. Everyone else seemed to like their meals a great deal. The pasta dish was one I had never heard of, but was terrific. Would go back on a Sunday evening, but would not get the tuna next time.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 756 reviews are from the The House reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Restaurant Was Closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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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  • 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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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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  • Good food but...
    ANNAVIP
    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
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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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.