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Hourglass Tavern

1403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Pre/post Theatre (63)
  • Cozy (53)
  • Neighborhood Gem (50)
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 - 23.95. A la Carte & daily specials can be made a 3 course Prix-Fixe with a $10 addition. Brunch is served Saturday & 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm,
Friday: 4:00pm - 1:00pm,
Saturday Brunch:11:00-3:00, Dinner 4:00-1:00,
Sunday Brunch: 11:00-3:00, Dinner 4:00pm - 12:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 265-2060
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Figueroa
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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.
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Cross street
Between 8th & 9th Avenues (We are on Restaurant Row)
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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.
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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.
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The Lounge "On 3" occasionally hosts theatre industry showcases as well as screenings and readings in support of the Broadway industry and our artistic community.
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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!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1403 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJenny (New York Area)
5.0  Dined a day ago

We only saw the downstairs, sat in a cozy window nook. It was teeny tiny and charming! The waitress was lovely and the food was outstanding! That steak over Greek salad was very very good! Would go back in a heartbeat!

beachcomber540 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always a good visit. Friend had the special...stuffed trout and he loved it. This was his first visit even though others had mentioned it to him. He'll be back.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food and people!!! A wonderful New York Italian dining experience!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We’ve eaten here a few times pre-theater. The food is always good as is the service. It is a little noisy but tolerable. It’s on restaurant row, conveniently close to the theaters. The prices are surprisingly low for Manhattan. Overall, a great value.

4.0  Dined 4 days ago

My teenage daughter and I were lucky to get a table on the front porch area (only has 2 tables) which was very lovely. You got the vibe this was a date place based on other people dining around us. My daughter enjoyed her steak and I had a pork chop that was a bit overdone. We both liked our sides. Our server was very attentive and friendly as was other staff. Overall, it was a nice meal prior to our Broadway show.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Subtle delicious flavors in my smoked salmon, quinoa and dill entree. Even my children (12 and 15 yrs) enjoyed.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a nice meal before going to the Theater. We arrived late due to rainy weather, and sat at the bar for 10 mins waiting for a table. I was worried we were going to be unable to complete the meal, but they were pros at timing everything so we did not feel rushed. Pleasant waitress, nice bar area and friendly bartender. Would go again and hope to spend a more leisurely meal, but would prefer a table on upper floor rather than near the door. Food was good, 3 + stars.

vipChelseaLocal (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Online menu looked really nice, so booked for dinner before a show. We let waitress know so we could manage our time. She was nice, but overwhelmed. And service was bumpy - ordered prix fixe but entrees came out without getting salads 1st. We pointed this out, so they took back entrees and brought salads, but no dressing. Seemed they kept our entrees on the warmer. Food was ok I guess. Also, very narrow and tight space, and so noisy we could barely hear ourselves talking. Oh well.

vipFlipper (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This is an excellent spot for a pre-theatre meal. Food was delicious and fast, and our server was incredibly attentive. Note—some of the searing is up a steep flight of stairs, so if anyone has difficulty climbing stairs, please let them know when you make the reservation. We really loved our meal here.

miksterCT (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food pretty good, service excellent... Still one of the best values in the city.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Absolutely zero wait for our 5pm reservation. Food was excellent, flavorful, and satisfying. Attantion and service was great. Desserts (flan and mousse) were really good. House champagne cocktail was excellent. I read reviews about the stairs, if you know the area and you read the restaurant website you know what to expect, no issues here felt like someones home.

eddie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food service good. Location good a bit small where we sat. I’d go back. All ok and pleasant

Shelly (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We visited the Hourglass Tavern for a pre-theatre dinner. While the service was very good, the quality of the food varied. I had the pork chop with spinach. The chop was dry but the spinach was very good. My friend had a pasta and vegetable dish that was just boring. Dessert was nothing special. We did however make it to the theatre in plenty of time.

BrianD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We travelled from Ireland and had a fantastic time at The Hourglass Tavern. I took my wife and daughter for pre theatre dinner and everything was perfect. Greeted by the gent at the door and looked after by a fantastic lady throughout the meal - I didn’t catch her name but her purple hair and bubbly professional manner left a great impression. Service was attentive but not in the least intrusive and we were never rushed - the 2 hours we spent over dinner flew by. Cocktails, wine and food were tremendous and excellent value. Planning a return visit next year with friends for a triple 50th celebration - can’t wait

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Perfect right before Hamilton ❤️

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This is a very sweet, unique, friendly place with great food. The only drawback was the two story climb.

TomF (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

A real treasure! Just love this place and always have a wonderful experience here! Highest praise to everyone at the restaurant!

Kate35 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Fun and interesting place, enjoyed the atmosphere and decor.

AliciaM (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Awesome food as always! Service was excellent! The pre-fix menu is reasonably priced and good for an early evening meal. Downstairs is small but cozy.

PeggyP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

A wonderful find in the theatre district. Cozy, romantic and the foed is good.
Low noise level.