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Hourglass Tavern

1397 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Pre/post Theatre (60)
  • Cozy (55)
  • Neighborhood Gem (49)
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 1397 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

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.