Hourglass Tavern
Hourglass Tavern

Hourglass Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hourglasstavern.com/
  • Phone: 2122652060x
  • 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: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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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Hourglass Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (24)late-night find (23)special occasion (22)romantic (21)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OUR FAVORITE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We love this restaurant. Tucked away at the end of NYC's Restaurant Row, many people pass it by. Don't be one of those. Go upstairs, have Chris as your waiter and enjoy a well prepared meal at a reasonable price. It is definitely our go-to place after a great Broadway show!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable pre - theater dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reserved to have a pre - theater dinner. Really good service. The food was delicious, portion was amazing. We both left very satisfied. We loved the grill shrimp, perfectly done. Homemade bread was great for dipping sauces.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was worth the noise level and the extremely tight space.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JasmineVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Although the restaurant had many positive reviews, our meal was very disappointing. Only a single entree could be made without garlic and the resulting steak was tough. The pasta had no flavor and the Parmesan cheese provided was not freshly grated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, okay food
    kdkswim
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went here on a Monday night, and it was still very busy. Our appetizer- the albondigas, were fantastic, as were the salads. However, my main course was pretty mediocre; I got the salmon with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The salmon was over-sauced and overcooked, the mashed potatoes were cold, lumpy and didn't have much flavor and the broccoli was definitely undercooked- it almost tasted raw. Luckily the salad and appetizers were pretty large portions, so I wasn't that hungry- I ended up taking most of my meal home and recooking it myself the next day. Our waitress was excellent and very nice, and the atmosphere is interesting, but if we were return again, it'll only be for appetizers and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A hidden treasure
    Simplyfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Hourglass Tavern has great food, great service, and a friendly attentive staff. The third floor area is old time with music of the 40's and simple decor. If you are looking for fancy this is not your place. If you are looking for a place that feels like home, go here. A nice variety of food available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent pre-Theater Spot
    Robert
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restaurant for pre-theater dining. Very good food, service and ambiance. Terrific place
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pre-theatre dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good pricing, food and service. Had salmon, mashed potatoes and broccoli for $15.95 and a good glass of wine, all served in a timely fashion. Great locale for pre-theatre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small tavern, good atmosphere
    FishersRunner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Good food, friendly service. Cozy seating and reasonable prices. Front door left open with air conditioner on made the room comfortable and open to the sidewalk. We overheard several people walking by comment to their friends, "this is a good place to eat." They were right.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! !!!
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A memorable neighborhood bistro. Great food. Fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    WIMTL
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great service, great food, amazing prices!!! We eat at the Hourglass Tavern EVERY TIME we visit NYC. We also make sure all of our friends eat there when they visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A hidden gem, and we wouldn't have noticed it just walking down the street. Specials were very good and reasonably priced foor the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We chose this restaurant from someone's review and it was perfect. We ate outdoors in Manhattan, and loved the experience. We flew up for a wedding. The food was delicious, and the waitress was a gem. I had the shrimp with polenta. We would highly recommend this little, and I mean little, restaurant to anyone. We ate outdoors to enjoy the NYC experience. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with character
    seoe
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our meal at this very small restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. Funky and charming. The service was prompt - almost too fast. We could have lingered longer over our wine before entrees arrived. Small complaint though as my Shrimp Catalina was excellent. My husband had the spanakopita puff pastries and enjoyed them. The prices were great for New York. Would eat here again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for dinner before a show
    Goodeater
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Met a friend for dinner before we went to see If/Then. Food was great. Service was friendly and quick.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OLDE WORLD CHARM
    nonapops
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoy a trip back in time and imagine what it was like to be in this wonderful tavern before going to the theatre 100 years ago!! It's a great pre-theatre dinner find. Wonderful food and great service. Thanks to open table for the convenience of making reservations on line.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long Weekend in NYC
    Bill
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Visiting NYC on business for a few days and extended the trip for the weekend. Hourglass Tavern had good reviews on Trip Advisor and Open Table so we made a reservation that afternoon for later in the evening. Very small place but we were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival. I had the grilled pork chop which was excellent with a great char grilled flavor served with a yummy sauce (can't remember what is was). My wife had pan seared salmon that was also very good. Good service and friendly wait staff. Will consider again when we are visiting NYC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never got our food
    NYTheatergoer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a 6:00 reservation and mentioned that we had a 7:00 curtain. No problem, we were told. We got our menus and ordered by 6:25, at the latest: grilled chops and the pasta special. By 6:50 we knew that we were in serious trouble. We had a couple of "your food is on its way" fly-bys from the owner and waitress. At 6:55 we got up and left a $20.00 on the table. The owner refused to take our money, was sorry for the poor service, and hoped that we would return another night. What was striking was the owner did not seen fazed by the lack of service at all: we were not offered appetizers or a comp for a future visit. Bottom line-we are not returning. My recommendation of "Hot Spot" referrers to our outside seating, nothing else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    MDEEx4
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The Hour Glass Tavern has lots of character, history, great service, very good food, amazing desserts and very good value. Location is terrific as is walking distance to theatre district, Times Square and metro stops. Owner is lovely and wait staff personable. Companions had lamb special and found it to be delicious, potatoes and broccoli cooked to perfection. Had prix fixe theatre menu and that was tasty and incredible value. Would not hesitate to recommend. Reservations are a good idea.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique spot for pre-theater dinner
    NYDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our reservation was for 2 families (with 9 people total) before heading to an 8pm show. Tucked away on the cozy 3rd floor the service was prompt and polite. I had the pecan encrusted tilapia which was excellent. Based on the clean plates and happy smiles the rest of our group were equally satisfied. The waiter brought out a nice piece of cake for my daughter's 14th birthday. The coffee was excellent as well. We made it to our theater in plenty of time for curtain.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Radiogirl
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Delicious food and wine. Especially loved the salad that had goat cheese and dried cranberries...nice dressing. We were a group of 4 headed to the theater. Good pre theater dining choice. Only criticism...very scant air conditioning on main floor ..made the experience less pleasant. I would return though...when the temp is cooler or confirm, in advance, a table on the second floor where the a/c was working more efficiently.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding!
    nycit
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had a wonderful meal before heading over to see Wicked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINNER AT HOURGLASS TAVERN, NYC
    WWTraveller
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A very tiny restaurant with very few fresh, delicious dishes and an excellent location for a night out in Broadway. Due to the small room and the high attendance, reservation is highly recommended. An overall cosy atmosphere and the friendly service compensate for the little space inside. There were also a couple of tables outside which seemed more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very bad experience!
    Hooli
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We arrived on time but they didn't have a table for us. One lady said she thought she'd already checked us in. The place was busy so obviously she'd given away our table. We were told to wait on the 2nd floor by the bar and she'd have a table for us on the 3rd floor in a few minutes. It was very hot in the restaurant, and the staff were all rushing around causing a chaotic atmosphere. After 30 minutes still nothing so we decided to leave as we needed to eat before going to the theater. We passed the lady on our way out and she didn't even acknowledge us. The food may be good, but we will never go back. I do not recommend this restaurant pre-theatre - they cannot cope with the crowd.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    kerriT
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My family and I (a group of 10) went to the Hourglass Tavern last year and loved it. My family had been in from out of town and requested this restaurant again. The food is awesome, and you really can't get much better prices so close to Times Square, especially for this quality! The drinks are reasonable, and the ambiance is adorable with musical instruments on display on the walls. It really is a cute place, great food, walking distance to Times Square, and the service is great!! Just FYI- if you book a table for a large group you will be probably be on the third floor and there is no elevator, that I know of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Niffer
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great value for pre-theatre dining. Very good food, attentive and fun wait staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Hourglass Tavern
    foodyum
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our dinner at the Hourglass Tavern was lovely. We were seated outside as it was a nice evening in the city. The ambiance and noise level on my review are noted because the fire department was attending to a situation right across the street. We still had a great time at the restaurant in spite of the flashing red lights. The food was great (we sampled meat, fish and vegetable/charcuterie) - everything was tasty! The wait staff was friendly and helpful on the recommendations. Overall a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    Alix
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Everything was pretty mediocre, the food, the serivice. My group and I were very nervous as all of the reviews and all on open table fail to mention that its NYC inspection has earned them a grade B.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent...all the way around!
    TXTraveler
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dinner & drinks were very good- from fig salad to pork chops to pasta dishes; service was prompt and friendly, including waitress, members of staff & owner; quaint, unique & fun atmosphere with interesting history
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    DanielM
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was delicious, particularly the "stuffed puffs" and the service was excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not Great!
    SpiceVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We chose Hourglass Tavern because it was casual and in walking distance from our hotel. It's situated in a charming old brownstone on Restaurant Row. They didn't offer much of a wine list but did have an extensive beer selection. We started with the polenta shrimp appetizer which was delicious--6 decent sized shrimp cooked perfectly. A homemade loaf of bread was brought to the table and was fabulous. My husband ordered the rosemary rubbed chicken which came with mashed potatoes and broccoli, all of which was cooked well but under seasoned. I had the field green salad with goat cheese, all fresh with a very good lime vinegarette. For NYC the price was great, atmosphere -quaint, service-ok and the food -solid. Good but not Great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good atmosphere,bad food experience
    jrsatl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We made a reservation here pre-theatre for June 13. Our reserved table had been given away when we arrived on time, so we were seated in the second floor bar to wait for another and had a nice appetizer and cocktail. The host and bar staff were friendly and accommodating. When we were seated for dinner, our waitress seemed a bit annoyed and unattentive. I ordered the chicken and it was very dry and overcooked. Our waitress never returned to ask if the food was ok, so I ate just few bites. My dinner companions both had pasta dishes, which they said were good. The waitress never asked if we enjoyed our meals and I would have liked to comment on my terrible food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    schus101
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Amazing food and a quiet and romantic atmosphere. Perfect post-theater dinner spot. Unassuming from the outside but you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value
    Jent
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went to Hourglass tavern between plays when they were extremely busy. Seating was extremely tight and wait staff was over extended. Salads with grilled chicken were very good - salmon was okay. Prices very reasonable. There were other floors of the restaurant that we did not visit. They may have been less hectic - we were right off the street.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Fine!!!
    val13
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My sister found this in trip advisor! We got there early and were the only table. Menu is diverse...salads with homemade dressings, fresh pastas, wonderful entrée..Lara our waitress was wonderful...prices are very reasonable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous spot on 46st
    TracyK
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Didn't have my reservation. Sat at bar instead. Wonderful dinner despite having started out on a bad note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely return
    mabiobabe
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Hourglass Tavern is in a non-handicapped accessible three story building. One of those older buildings that has a million layers of paint. Each floor is a small room with a few tables. It was a little disconcerting when I walked in to check in for our reservation. No obvious place to check in. There was one woman serving the first floor and she directed our party up the narrow staircase to the third floor. There was one server for the third floor with some help from another. He was great although he was working really hard. The food was quite good. The chocolate flourless cake was awesome. The drinks were reasonably priced for NYC. Our entire room cheered on the Belmont Stakes. A NYC bonding moment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Table for us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I reserved a table 2 months in advance. We arrived about 10 minutes early, advised them that we were here, were told that our table was ready, and waited for the last person to join our party. 3 minutes before our reservation time, we were sent upstairs to our table and were told that a table was not available and we would have to wait. Our table was given away to a group that just walked in. Because of time constraints, we were unable to wait and therefore unable to eat at this restaurant. To quote Jerry Seinfeld in an episode of his show, they "know how to take a reservation, they just don't know how to hold a reservation." The ratings above aren't accurate, as I was not allowed to submit this review without filling them in.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service mediocre food
    Canadafoodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dined at hour glass pre-show. Food was fine, really just average, a bit disappointing. Service was wonderful, we had a very attentive waitress. The vegetable soup I ordered for an appetizer was incredibly salty (this coming from a saltaholic). When I informed the waitress of this she immediately removed my plate and brought me a salad. This was a nice gesture.
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  • Nice place
    Rob788
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food is very good and fairly priced. The atmosphere is very nice too and the service was friendly and helpful and attentive. My niece and I enjoyed our dinner experience very much. Easy too recommend this place and I will be returning again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.