Hourglass Tavern

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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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JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem on Restaurant Row!
Been a regular diner there for 12 years!
Never a had a bad experience!
Consistently excellent!
A great dining experience on every level!

RN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Wonderful ambiance and service.

SL
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tavern, great service and the food was delish!
Welcoming staff and owner stopped by to chat and make sure we were happy.
Got us well-fed and quite happy before heading to see Westside Story and it turned out to be the last performance before Broadway shut down heeding COVID-19 warnings.
I recommend the Glass Tavern!

A
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would recommend dining on the first floor if possible. The stairs to the third floor are very steep and it got pretty warm in that dining room too.

JF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service... Delicious food !!! When reading the combinations of ingredients on the menu, you wouldn’t think it would work. But ever flavor was so good. The ambiance was just too dark for me. I would still eat there again

S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon, quinoa, and broccoli dish was delicious service was excellent and friiendly. This is my go-to restaurant when I'm in the neighborhood.

S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to pre theater spot. Always a great meal.

JF
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure. The food is so good and the staff is friendly and efficient. We’ll be back.

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful waiter, excellent food, great service. Would recommend beet salad, lobster stuffed ravioli.

m
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and came out quick. Our server was really good and very attentive without being invasive.

SK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Charming! Noisy crowd that night. Otherwise a fun NY experience.

A
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good pre-theater dinner! I had the grilled chicken—better than average. Daughter had the crab cakes—excellent. Very attentive waitress, and delicious chocolate lava cake.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great but the food was just ok. My pasta was over cooked. And the broccoli and rice that came with the tilapia was absolutely plain

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience4

I'd give more Stars but I'm still freaked out that I ate at a place that has a 'C' grade by the NYC Board of Health. Next time, I will check before I dine.

MB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Super quick service without feeling rushed. Seated us on time an had us out in plenty of time for our show. Drinks were yummy and food was great. Would definitely eat there again.

EB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service. Excellent pre-theater dinner. Prix fixe is a great deal as well. Feels like a home cooked meal.

BG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Prices were very reasonable! Down home vibes . Waiter and owner were very sweet, brought a dessert to our table for our anniversary!!! Very small ,reservations are a must!!!!!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Convenient to theaters. Prize Fixe is very reasonable and food is very good. Bad coffee though.

MN
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great sneaky spot for pre-theatre dinner. Our waitress was superb

SN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Small place; great food; friendly service providers; reasonably priced; fast service; servers were very informative. I would definitely recommend Hourglass Tavern

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

On a street where virtually everthing is a food establishment (Restaurant Row), this is the most overlooked restaurant on the block -- possibly because you blink and you miss it as you go east on 46th Street from Ninth Avenue. It's just off the corner, a tiny little "hole in the wall" that also includes an upstairs bar, the Betty Bar. I finally decided to try it after the Taste of Times Square festival last year -- speaking to someone eating there outside, he convinced me that it was a must to eat there. So I did. The food here is outstanding. I had the veal chop this time -- transcendent. My friend had the tuna tartare, or charred tuna -- she offered a bite and it was fantastic. The bread.... a round piece of eggy bread with a buttery crust that is irresistable. I asked what this bread was called. "Bread!" I don't know if they make it or buy it, but it's amazing.

Our waitress stopped by perhaps just a little too often, and my friend found being called "Milady" many times to be a bit much. Still, the service was quite good. This was my third visit, and far from my last.

CK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My daughter and I ate at the Hourglass Tavern on February 24th. We had their Prix Fixe dinner for $27 which included soup or salad, entree and dessert. I had the chicken soup which was delicious, with a variety of vegetables including mushrooms and greens. It had a rich broth and was very tasty. The homemade bread that was brought with the soup was wonderful. For the main course I had marinated chicken breast with broccoli and mashed potatoes. The whole plate was steaming when it arrived. Almost a whole head of broccoli, ample serving of homemade potatoes, and succulent chicken served with a mango sauce on the side. For dessert, there were two offerings - tira misu and mango mousse. I had the tiramisu and it was delicious. Maria our server was warm and attentive. A very good pre theater dinner in a quiet serene location close to the theater district.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the best waiter who gave my wise guy husband a run for his money. Prompt service, attention to detail, humor, and great food. I’ve been dinning at the Hour Glass for over twenty five years and I always come back. Thank you for always being consistent and yummy.

EO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Bettibar upstairs. The dining room was very intimate. Food was excellent and our waitress was a joy. Great for a date night or dinner with a friend.

SH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food, great personal service and reasonably priced. Great location near times Square

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
4 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
6 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