Hourglass Tavern

4.3
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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Pre/post Theatre
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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 have got tickets to a Broadway show, they are still used to assure that we get you there on time! 3 Course Pre-Theatre Prixe-Fixe 4pm-8pm $27.00. A la Carte & daily specials can be made into a 3 course Prix-Fixe with a $10 addition. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm w/ Happy Hour priced drinks at $5 & complimentary fresh baked muffins. 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 private events.
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EO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Servers, appetizers and entrees were very good. Dessert was awful. The blueberry pie looked and tasted like a packaged Hostess fruit pie you got as a kid!

TT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time there. Disappointed they didn’t have any specials this time but the food was great ! Priced very reasonably !

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and loved it! We will definitely be adding Hourglass Tavern to our usual NYC stops!

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Great to go during the week or a Saturday night....do not go on a Sunday night...they are overwhelmed

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, great food,service, ambiance. Pre theater meal.

TT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great value for food. Cool place

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful! cute place, delicious food, enjoyable energy

AH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good, but the drinks were quite weak. Had a 5 pm reservation and we were kicked out at 7pm being told they had another reservation . But we had a reservation!!!

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant!! It is charming. The food and drinks are great and reasonably priced and everyone that works there is very friendly. I highly recommend it for both brunch and dinner!

E
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved this place! Discovered it by chance, and it was a hit with all of my friends! The service was great and the food was delicious as were the drinks. Definitely a place I'll visit again!

JV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food. Very comfortable little place.

Q
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! We felt so welcome, and the staff was friendly and accommodating..

JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and the friendliest staff on Restaurant Row!
Thanks Maria for another dining experience that was absolute perfection!

Been dining at The Hourglass for years.
Food quality and customer service is always outstanding!
Comfort food, great cocktails, and reasonable prices!
You won’t be disappointed!

m
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was okay but nothing that I couldn't make for a weeknight dinner. I had the pork chop which was small and somewhat overcooked, bordering on dry. Came with mashed potatoes and green beans. Nothing restaurant worthy. My friend had the bolognese which he thought was great. The service was good and the food arrived hot. Price was reasonable for new york but like they say you get what you pay for.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in a quaint setting! I really enjoyed everything about this place; the food, the ambiance, the service, truly great!

BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This sweet, tiny, charming restaurant has been one of my go-to spots during all my years living in NYC. The food is always excellent. The staff are wonderful - especially Maria! And the atmosphere is cozy and warm. I love it! I recommend it highly!

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for brunch before a show. Great service, great prices and charming stairs. Recommend second or third floor for seating.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cute spot for brunch. Not the most comfortable seating, but the ambience is fun. Food was very good. They know how to get you out in time for your Broadway show.

MM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful pre-theatre dinner spot. Haven't been in many years, but thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be glad to return!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Hourglass. Food is consistently good, service friendly and professional. A favorite of ours.

NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent value - price fixed option was a great deal and we got it with any entree. The lamb chops were outstanding. Best we’ve ever had .

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good pre-theater restaurant: convenient, good food, great value.

DK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute - very small but cute. Service was excellent! Good food - great for dinner before a show!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was just right for a fun night in the city. The food was perfectly cooked and everything was orchestrated to get us out of there by 1830. We had a 1700 reservation and Jacob took care of us. He's very conscientious. Since I don't eat multiple courses, I thought it was a better deal than restaurant week at other restaurants and some of them weren't rated as highly.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great food in a quiet restaurant.

PG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch was a delght... nice range of dishes, great service and REALLY GOOD FOOD for a good price. My spinach Eggs Benedict featured perfectly poached eggs on fresh spinach on foccacia, hollandaise on the side. The sides were Shorts Rib Hash... perfectly balanced, not too salty... and a small salad with Vinaigrette just like I enjoyed in Paris. Fresh spice muffins were great and coffee fresh and full-bodied. Entree was a steal at $16. My companions adored the Giambotta ... hearty portion of eggs, sausages and potatoes scrambled together served with a home baked apple bun. All this from a narrow 3 story brownstone on W. 46th St. Enjoyed chatting with the chef from our "Chef's Table" in front of the open kitchen. Recommend and will return.

H
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience! Great food, drinks and staff!

N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

One of our go-to's for pre-theater, Hour Glass Tavern consistently delivers a timely meal in a comfortable atmosphere.

LK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Liam took excellent care of us at the Hourglass Tavern. We were there later after a play, and he welcomed us instantly, checked in on us thoughtfully, and was all around just a great server and representative of the restaurant. My friend I had the bourbon sour- excellent!) The food tastes just like homemade (assuming someone is a good cook), the atmosphere is homey, prices are reasonable, portions are generous, and it's quiet enough to have a conversation with your friend. We felt so relaxed and welcomed there. It is a VERY tight area- maybe 7 tables max? I recommend it and will definitely return.

z
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this place... it's such a little gem. Great food and such personable service from the entire staff! Very affordable and really good food!

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food is generally good, and I get the "rush you out" shtick. The food was bland this visit, though, and the brunch drinks were lukewarm, not cold, which was off-putting.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A nice dinner but service was a bit slow and there was confusion on the dessert selection on the pre fixe menu. Additional, although requesting on Open Table my preferred seating location and that we were celebrating joint birthdays, we were initially taken to the wrong seating and I had to request again where we wished to sit. Nothing was said or offered about the birthdays, so at that point I just let it go.

r
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went with family before a show. The service was quick and responsive. Food was savory and portions were just right. Had a nice cocktail and lovely piece of pie for desert. I really like the building and the decoration on the wall. I had the crab cakes which were delish, and my wife went for the steak that she devoured. A very good time.

BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation and bought a gift certificate for my brother in sister in law as a Xmas present. They were treated so nicely by the owner, Beth, and the wait staff, they could not stop raving about this restaurant. The food, service, and the drinks - all superb. And apparently, the bourbon sour is over the top good! In any case, thank you to the Hourglass for making their visit so memorable and I will put it on my place to visit soon!!!

EJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint establishment with great ambiance and atmosphere. Very good food and very attentive wait staff.

R
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Maria is always the best server! The food is good! On certain occasions, it is inconsistent, but generally favorable and reliable. Their prix fixe dinner is worth the price! ANd you will get to the theatre on time!

JM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner, cozy atmosphere, great service and a fair value.

CJ
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fourth visit here and like my first visit I had lefted this restaurant feeling VERY VERY SATISFIED. Bravo!!!!!

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting and we had a great experience both times. Very good food, excellent service and decent prices for the area. We will be back!

s
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun place in the theatre district to eat without costing an arm and a leg. Great service and delicious food.