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Hourglass Tavern
Hourglass Tavern
  • Address:
    373 W. 46th St.
    New York, NY 10036
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Comfort Food
    Price: $30 and under

Hourglass Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hourglasstavern.com
  • Email: hourglasstavern@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 265-2060
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00pm,

    Sunday: 3:30pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We love to cater! As our kitchen opens at 4 p.m. to the public, we will gladly cater any event where orders can be delivered to your location by 5 p.m.
  • Entertainment: The Lounge "On 3" hosts a monthly theatre industry showcase as well as occasional screenings and readings. Additional entertainment is provided in support of the Broadway industry.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special events can be booked for our 3rd floor dining room between 12-4 p.m. (15p minimum), and after 8 p.m. on most evenings barring other bookings. Room fees apply based on packages. Don't be shy and inquire for your special event today! If you don't ask, you can't get!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 8th & 9th Avenues (We are on Restaurant Row)
  • Public Transit: The Hourglass Tavern is 4 blocks away from The Port Authority Bus Terminal. Nearby subway services include The A,C,E,N,W and 1,2,3 trains. We are within a short walking distance of Times Square, countless Hotels and Theatres.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to limited free street parking, metered parking and pay parking lots exist on the same block, on 9th avenue (get here by 7 p.m. for a spot), and around the neighborhood.
A word from Hourglass Tavern
The Hourglass Tavern is housed in a renovated nineteenth-century brownstone on New York's famed restaurant row. Thirty years ago, each table had a working hourglass: your dinner would take only the time it took for the sand to run down, and theatergoers wouldn't miss the curtain going up.

>Today, the Tavern has three intimate floors, each with its own charming personality. The hourglasses are mostly decoration, but if you've got tickets to a Broadway show, they are still used to assure that we'll get you there on time!

3 Course Pre-Theatre Prix-Fixe 4pm-8pm - 22.95. A la Carte standards & daily specials can be made a 3 course Prix-Fixe with a $10 addition.

"Bettibar" is located on the second floor, offering a gamut of affordable wines, & an array of local and imported beer. The 3rd floor is available for dinner service or for booking private events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a mediocre experience here. There are just a few tables on the entry level. Evidently, a larger dining room is upstairs as are the restrooms. If you can't climb steps, go elsewhere. Four of us settled for hamburgers, which were okay but overall we were disappointed. No ambiance whatsoever. We wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Was looking forward to a cozy, awesome find.....and was greeted with a frustrated waitress that seemed annoyed by us even being there. She treated my two very well behaved teenagers as if their requests for potatoes without butter (food allergy) were ridiculous. The menu shown online was different than what was actually in the restaurant. Would not recommend, with great sadness."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The seating on the ground floor was rather cramped. We sere seated right adjacent to the entrance which was not the most ideal. However, the prix fixed menu is unbeatable and the food was delicious. The vegetable soup, the shrimp fettucine and the tiramasu were all commendable. The shrimp was cooked to perfection. The waitress was very welcoming and despite being busy was attentive to our needs. This was our second visit to this restaurnant and will no doubt make it a third."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "What a great value! Excellent prices and fantastic food. Loved the old building...very charming. Went with a group. Had to go all the way upstairs which was a hike, but WELL worth it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "While I was simply hoping for an efficient dinner (quick, close to theater) for our group before we went to see our show, I was pleasantly surprised by our dining experience. Everyone in our group enjoyed a delicious meal, the service was brisk and attentive, the atmosphere was comfortable and festive--and we had plenty of time to walk around the block to the theater. The meal was part of a very enjoyable evening. I would recommend the Hourglass Tavern to my friends."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was a great choice for dinner before seeing a play. The restaurant was cute although small. The food was good and the people couldn't have been nicer. Prices were very reasonable. All-in-all, a great experience."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The Hourglass Tavern offered a wide variety of food at reasonable prices. The portions sizes were very good & the food was cooked to our specifications. The waiter was fantastic - very friendly, witty & helpful. He made sure to ask if we were seeing a show to ensure that we got our food quick enough to make it on time - without rushing us. Great place to go before hitting the theater."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "After reading reviews for the Hourglass on Open Table I thought we were going to get a nice meal at a resonable price. It did not work out that way. We were a party of three, with a 5:15 pm reservation. We were seated right away. Two of us were pinned into a booth type table on the first floor of the restrurant. The waitress was polite and efficient. We all ordered shrimp dishes. The shrimp tasted as if it had been frozen. One of the dishes had polenta which was not even edible. There was seafood ravioli on the menu and it indicated it was made fresh. They were out of it at 5:15! The dinner crowd was just starting. It was just a disappointment all the way around! I would no reccomend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went with a group for pre-theater dinner - our table was ready early- food service was very personal; quick but not rushed. Loved the comfortable local feel, very few tourists. Our pre-fixe meal was simple but well prepared, very good value for the money. Will definitely come again."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had a 6;00 reservation and were trying to make an 8:00 show, we were seated at 6:45. It is a VERY crowded place. I love it and recommend it to everyone- the food is wonderful and the staff very nice but...I think they tend to overbook and it makes for a much less enjoyable dinner when rushed. Also, since it is so small, the 4 of us waiting for 45 minutes was quite uncomfortable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As a sometimes solo diner, it is sometimes difficult to get attention and/or respect at restaurants during busy times. That was not the case at the Hourglass Tavern. While I did have an initial wait despite arriving on time for my reservation, once I was seated (at a nice table) I received prompt and continuous attention. I ordered something very plain and basic (a steak), so I really can't comment on the menu. Its quality was good and presentation straightforward. I will compliment the wine-by-the-glass selection. It's rare to find interesting wines available by the glass at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is my second time celebrating my bday at the Hourglass. Is nicely located great decor. The bettibar is a nice place to meet before dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 6pm. Arrived at 515pm wondering if we could be seated then. We were told no even though there were 3 open tables. Went down the block for a drink, came back exactly at 6 and were told we would have to wait 15 minutes. They offered us a table in the cramped bar area. Totally unacceptable. They need to figure out how to manage the place. Very disappointed. It was our first anniversary. We left and went somewhere else."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The whole experience was awesome, but the server (I believe her name was Maria??) was so friendly and made you feel like you were at her home enjoying a warm meal on a cold night. Food was amazing too. Good find!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Adorable space, excellent food and good prices.... amongst the many bigger, louder and more expensive restaurants on the Row, this one is tucked away. Three floors - the downstairs is tiny, with only a few tables and great for a romantic evening. A cute bar occupies the second floor and another dining room- larger, but still cozy - sits on the 3rd level. The service is quick, and takes care of the pre-theater crowd. They have a good selection of home-cooked comfort foods, and also offer prix fixe options. I love this place, have been before and will go again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "love the place. Made reservations and had a table set exactly the way I had asked. A nice light meal and drinks before a Broadway show. It was a perfect start to a great night."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My friend and I dined there before going to a show - we were a little skeptical from the outside and decided to go in, have a drink and check it out before checking in with our reservations. We had a cocktail upstairs on the second floor - the drink specials were great and the bartender (girl) was attentive and cheerful. We looked over the menu and decide to keep our reservation and give it a try. SO very glad we did!! We dined on the 3rd floor and the waitress was awesome! Very friendly, attentive and always with a smile on her face - food was very good - we both had the same price fix pasta and it was delish!! We will def come back!! :)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food isn't great, the menu isn't extensive but it's a quick, decent option for before a Broadway show. Make sure to have a reservation. (Using OpenTable of course)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I know things are cramped but this place is really small despite the multi levels. Waitress was nice but food took forever. Food was OK nothing to go crazy about."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great spot for good food and drinks before a show."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Charming little house, nice waitstaff, speedy pre-theater routine — but unfortunately the food is completely inedible. I dined with two friends and all three of us left most of our dinner on our plates. My ravioli was gluey and tough, in a sauce that tasted like melted margarine with lots of salt. A chicken entree was too tough to saw through. A bland salad was garnished with institutional wedges of bland cheese. Never again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Very affordable. Good drinks and consistent food. Service is just right - unobtrusive but always available when needed. There isn't a lot of space."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great food, good service1 We had play tickets for After Midnight and we were seated and had a full meal within an hour. Great place to eat at before a show - do make reservarions."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful from the food, service and the cost. When we first arrived I was surprised to see how close the tables were to each other but it didn't effect the great time we had. Again, great place."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Simple but elegant. Great food and service. Amazingly reasonable prices for the quality."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the Hour glass tavern. The restaurant is in restaurant row within walking distance to most broadway shows. It's not a very big restaurant but is quaint and the food is great. The cheese platter was an excellent choice for a small meal for those who don't want a heavy meal. They also have a kids menu and the hamburger sliders were a hit with my 12 year old. I would recommend a reservation as it did get busy and due to the size of the place, people were having to wait."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Our group had never been there ... food was excellent and drinks were just as good.... Service was an "A++""
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I went here with a group of 14 for my birthday. The staff was friendly, on point, and joy to be around. Our food was reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. We were taken care of and our dinner made my day extra special"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Small, intimate pub near on Restaurant Row. Enjoyed the quaintness, but the variety for vegetarian food wasn't great. Ravioli were OK, but grilled cheese was unimpressive. Bottle beer selection had some interesting choices. Liked the ambiance."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have gone to the Hour Glass many times over the last 10 years for pre-theater dinners. Obviously the experience has been a good one or we would not have gone so often. Last Wednesday was the last time there. Despite reservation we got the worst table in the house - next to an opening and closing (slamming) door to the out side and upstairs. Constant cold air was wafted over us and our not too warm meal. Need to find a new reasonably priced theater district establishment. There are many options!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Chose this place just because it was near our theater. I arrived before my friend, was ushered in and happily given a table right by the window. I don't know how it is upstairs but we were perfectly comfortable. The service was excellent, friendly but not intrusive, the food was good and the prices reasonable. I intend to be a regular here - hopefully the upper levels are as comfortable as we were on the main level by the window."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We went here pre theater and will again. The server on the 3rd floor was fantastic. The food was excellent and the overall experience was wonderful. No complaints of any kind."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Cosy atmosphere, excellent food for the price and relaxed, fun, professional staff. Perfect for our group of 4."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I thought the meal (Shrimp Sirachia) was good but I really enjoyed the apps (hummus and cheat/meat platter more). Limited but interesting beer selection. Impressed how they maximized the space and the different rooms on each floor."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We had the pre theater price fix dinner, everything on the menu looked good my wife and I had a great dinner and drinks as well, the staff was very attentive. Overall can't beat the ambiance, food and staff !!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This place was pretty good for the price. I was a little miffed by the way we were greeted/hosted (we weren't shown to our table, they just sort of pointed us in a direction and said "that way"), but the server was attentive and helpful. Food was good, but not great. It is a nice place to go if your Broadway tickets blew your budget!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great spot to catch a delicious meal and be done in plenty of time to get to the evening show."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A perfect blend of ambience, amazing food, individual attention from wait staff, and good humor and personality -a step back in time!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had theater tickets on a Sunday night and so were looking for a casual place with good food and a relaxed vibe. The Hourglass was perfect. The food wasn't fancy, but it was comforting and delicious....and there was plenty of it. The service was also perfect - friendly but unobtrusive, and unrushed. We loved the meatballs, the barbeque sliders and the excellent cider vinaigrette salad dressing. Our meal was accompanied by an interesting jazz soundtrack that really added to the atmosphere. For pre theater dining, I highly recommend The Hourglass."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We celebrate Valentine's day in NYC every year. This restaurant was only a few blocks from the theatre, and they gave us the window seat as the restaurant was pretty empty by 11pm (and it was snowing and awful outside). The service was friendly and fantastic, prices were reasonable, and food was great! I ordered the lobster ravioli that is homemade in house. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014