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
35 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (22)special occasion (17)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • aprillong
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 751 reviews are from the The House reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.