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
125 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (79)fit for foodies (31)late-night find (28)romantic (24)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and service
    Fine2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Couldn't have asked for a more convenient location for dinner before a show! Delightful staff delicious food and a great variety. From salad to dessert all was excellent! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undiscovered Gem
    NoisyNeighbors
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were a group of 11 seasoned theater goers who have eaten at many, many of the price fixed restaurants in Midtown. This is very unpretentious looking restaurant from the street. We were delighted with the menu, the wine, the service, and the price. There were adequate choices on the price fixed menu, and the wine was reasonable by NYC standards. We were on the third floor of the old brownstone building so it was almost like being in a private dining room. Our server was personable and efficient. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat place/fine food/iffy service
    foodiemomo4
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Menu had section about kids meals. I was dining with kids so took this as a cue that they would be fine. Upon arriving, we were told to go to 3rd floor-quite a climb if you have any physical limitations. We did not but we did have a toddler and a folded up stroller. The server was not prepared for us (we did have a reservation for 6 people) and the table only seated 4. We waited a bit for additional seating to be brought up. We then waited for server. No specials offered. Kids' sodas did not arrive until half way through meal because they had to fix the machine. Server did not seem thrilled to have gotten "family" table. Food was good but there is a lot of good food in NYC. Neat place but small, cramped and might need to climb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Perfect NYC dining experience for a small group of friends!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value, Food, & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Try this restaurant, it is small, the food and service are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theatre dinner
    Nancyo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went with 9 work colleagues before seeing a Broadway show. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the server made sure we had our food and were out the door in time for the show. Service was a bit slow, but not really a problem once we told the server what time we had to be out by. Good food at a good location in the theatre district.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make time for the Hourglass
    CultureVulture
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The Hourglass is a Restaurant Row gem. The tiny kitchen produces enormously flavorful fare. Luckily we made reservations for the Prix Fixe for the restaurant quickly reaches its seating capacity. From appetizer to entree to dessert and service, dinner was a delightful treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly Great!
    MomnipVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We walk by dozens of restaurants in the Theater District and return to the Hour Glass time after time. The food is consistently great and occasionally there are moments of brilliance. One example of "brilliance", the "house" salad dressing. Skip butter on your bread and simply dunk into the dressing. The short ribs as an entry and the mixed seasonal fruit cobbler for desert are exceptional as well. The wine list has affordable choices and the price fix menu option and daily specials are well priced. And the menu is varied enough that all dining needs can be satisfied. I rarely give 5 stars. But the Hour Glass would get 4 1/2 of Open Table would let me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place.
    mralt23
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I liked The Hourglass Tavern. It had great history and good food. It was a delightful meal in a great, historic brownstone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good been going over 25 yrs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Have been going there many years food always real good service was sensational on this occasion, in past always good . Note able this trip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    onthetown
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Hourglass Tavern is a Restaurant Row treasure! We had a reservation for 6:30, but showed up 2 hours early after a Saturday matinee. The staff was very understanding and flexible about our early arrival, and were happy to seat us right away. We thought we'd just have a drink at one of the little tables outside and then go upstairs for dinner. But we were having so much fun enjoying the beautiful day and people watching that we stayed right where we were the whole time! The food was great, and our server, Maria was totally fun and very attentive. It was a great experience and we'd go back again in a heartbeat. If you're looking for foo foo, this is not your place... It's very casual, but a lot of fun. Awesome martinis too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best value on Restaurant Row
    NHR2000
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Well worth a visit among street that has many other eateries
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    lovelyCamel
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was great but didn't compensate the overcooked steak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food great service
    foodglutton
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lovely and bright room tucked away in the back of a noisy tavern...this restaurant was quiet and quaint! Really enjoyed it...what a find..gaelic chicken mmmm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supper Before Wicked
    nynovice
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Good food and reasonable prices (including wine) in a friendly, quiet, out of the way spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    alemargo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    very cozy, good food. $22.95 3 course pre-fix dinner! And ice portions. Can't beat that.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick Theatre District meal
    MrChuyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is mediocre, but the service is endearing. Stick to simple dishes and you won't be disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outrageous!!
    Nettie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant had ambience, the food was amazing and the service was great! Living in NYC I visit Restaurant Row a lot and tired various different spots. After my experience in the Hourglass I will not go anywhere else when I am in that area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable dinner
    disppointed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to me and I'm glad I had dinner here. The food was very affordable and very, very good. Their home made citrus vinaigrette salad dressing is delicious. My salmon was perfectly cooked. Mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli were very tasty and plentiful. Service was very friendly. Wine was very good. I love this small brownstone. Cozy. Make sure you reserve a table on the first floor if you can't do steps. On Restaurant Row.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    NyFoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Small but amazing! Food was spectacular. Everything was so fresh and can be ordered to your liking. The staff was all very pleasant! We were a group of 4 and our reservation was at 5pm, before seeing a show. It was relatively quiet at 5pm, but by the time we left at 7pm, it was packed and loud, but not in a bad way! We really enjoyed everything about this place! On Restaurant Row, located very close to the theaters. Definitely a must-try! I will be visiting again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fantastic find! Loved the history and unique building. Food and service was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint find, vibrant neighborhood!
    Angela
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My parents came to the city to visit and feeding my father is always an issue! My Mother and I, enjoy all kinds of foods and love a good adventure. However, my father is an extremely picky eater. I spent a ridiculous amount of time on Yelp trying to find a spot that fit his budget and all of our tastes! We arrived to a quaint downstairs with a small outside seating area. We sat outside. Be warned, it was a Friday night around 10:30 p.m. and there was quite a bit of foot traffic and car traffic. If you are looking for a quiet area, this is not it. Still we enjoyed ourselves and the vibrant neighborhood. The food was delicious, the portions were good, and the waiter was EXCELLENT. I absolutely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anonymous
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Three levels to choose from. Bottom level includes outdoor seating. We were up on third floor. Small place but choice of food was good. Great place for pre-theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Lacking
    DavidGVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The location was perfect for a pre-theatre dinner with friends. There were seven of us so getting a reservation at 6:00pm for that large a party can be challenging but was easy on Open Table. When we arrived we were seated immediately. The menu is fairly broad and we all ordered fairly quickly. Most of us ordered from the prix fixe menu which had lots of good choices. Unfortunately, my pork chop was very thin, overcooked and had little taste. The veggies were decent and the taramisu was average. Our group probably would choose someplace else the next time we get together.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    Restaurantweekfan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I ordered the veal chop that came with mashed potato and spinach (chef's special). Quality of the veal was ok, not very tendor as I expected. It was grilled medium well, not medium as requested. The mash potatoes also lacked flavor even though they were described as ' double butter'. Location is great, but there are others in the area that equal in quality, cheaper in price. Small room sof there is a noisy group of people dining, you're doomed. Good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    flygirl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was disappointed with the food. The place had lots of character but the food was so-so. The service was very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome find!!!
    abbey324
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My new fave in the theater district! It looks like a little hole In the wall, and it mostly is, but the menu is diverse, the food is fantastic and the service was excellent! Our waitress/bartender Megan was great and knows how to make a drink! We already have reservations for more than a month out for our next trip to bway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smaller than I thought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We met friends before a show for drinks and dinner. The reviews said it was small but I was not prepared for tiny! The dining area is open to the kitchen and there is no elbow room here at all. We did enjoy our meals. The food seemed freshly prepared and we were satisfied but underwhelmed. This place is at the very end of restaurant row and as we walked up the block I saw a number of places that I wish we had gone to. I think this is more of a casual neighborhood place to get a few apps and a drink.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hourglass Tavern
    MOCAVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my second visit to the Hourglass Tavern. It was just as enjoyable as the first time! This time I got to sit on the first floor. We were a bit later than our reservation time (Thanks, MTA!) but we were fed and out in time for our 7pm show. I do plan to come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was very good, but not enough air conditioning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show dinner.
    Doug
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had tickets to a Broadway show and needed a place to have dinner. I did not look forward to restaurant row. I expected a pretentious, get the tourists in and out, overpriced mill. I did some poking around on the web and found Hourglass Tavern. What a gem. The food was great, reasonably priced and the service could not have been better. I felt like I was eating at a place where I had been there so often that everyone knew me. I plan on going back even if I am not going to a show
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hourglass Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Small and unique with excellent food. The server was exceptionally friendly and did a great job. The house salad dressing was especially notable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    SuzInVirginia
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had high expectations based on good reviews from trip advisor. We went here for a pre broadway show dinner. The location was great but the overall impression was ho-hum. I think I would have been greatly disappointed if I paid $100 for 2 adults and 1 kid anywhere else in the country. I know NY is expensive so that's why I gave the restaurant 3 stars (otherwise it would have been 2). The spinach ravioli and tavern salad were tasty. My husband said the steak was decent though a bit fatty (but in fairness it was only a $20 steak). The servers were smug/annoyed and not very friendly. We had to get their attention for drink refills and the overall service was pretty slow. I am glad we made a 6pm reservation to make it to our 8pm show.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect pre-theater dining
    Foodieluvsorlando
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place is perfect for dining before going to a show near Times Square/Broadway. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and made good suggestions prior to ordering. Only flaw is the building is very old and the dirty windows "bugged" my OCD guest I was dining with. Please give this restaurant a try!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR FAVORITE
    Coatlie
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate