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About 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 - 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.

373 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Breakfast

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

Cross Street:
Between 8th & 9th Avenues (We are on Restaurant Row)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 265-2060

Website:
http://www.hourglasstavern.com/

Entertainment:
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.

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Tony Figueroa

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join Us for our Traditional Turkey Feast 3pm-Midnight!
3 Course Prixe-Fixe $30 Adult/$20 children under 14: Soup or Salad, Turkey dinner, varied desserts. Specials (Varied Pricing): Lamb Shank, Filet Mignon, Frutti di Mare, Pumpkin Ravioli-v. Res recommended.

Hourglass Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (62)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
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Cozy (31)
Good for a Date (25)
Authentic (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Great for Lunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
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Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I have never had a bad meal at the Hourglass Tavern. The food is always fresh and delicious and the pre-fixe menu is a fantastic option for a pre-theater meal

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The waitress was extraordinary. Not intrusive in the least. It was an experience I hope to duplicate soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best reason restaurants in the Theatre district. You must make reservations for this popular place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This was the fourth time I was there. This time was with my wife for pre-theater dinner. It was not crowed. We were seated on the third floor and only a couple of other couples were there. We had the rib tips and a pasta dish. Food was good and atmosphere was very casual and friendly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

Waiter was great very attentive to our needs.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Tiny place and seated right by door. I told the waiter that I was allergic to peppers and asked about the crab cake which did have peppers. I order another item but when the plate finally come, there were peppers in the sausage. I would think the waiter would realize that and tell me but he did not. We waited a very long time to get our food once ordered. People who came in after us received their meals before us. Then I have to send back the meal. Almost missed the show we were going to see. Don't go.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a lovely dinner before heading to a show. The Hourglass has a great prix fixe menu that's reasonably priced. The food was delicious and service top notch. Cozy atmosphere that reminds me a cafe you might find in Europe. And there really are hourglasses at each table. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good, but restaurant was very tiny. The two parties near us were large and loud and there was a lot of noise from the kitchen. Might have been better on one of the upper floors.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What a wonderful find in NYC! Food was superb. Service was fantastic. Every table in the place was having fun and smiles were on every face. Great place!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was odd that upon arrival we were told a large party had spread out and we were being moved to the bar. It was extremely tight and loud in there. They did give up a round of drinks and a cheese plate as a thank you, but I would not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I came for a pre-matinee brunch on Saturday and it was very nice. The service was lovely, the food was really tasty and the atmosphere was cozy. I can't believe I have not been here before but I will certainly be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I’ve eaten here several times when visiting the city, but it was the first time for my husband and our two friends. Everyone enjoyed the cocktails and the food. It was a great evening and I’ll definitely eat here again.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was phenomenal, from the distinct food selections to the staff at every moment. Hourglass Tavern will definitely get my business again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Pre-theater, Small, cozy place in historic building. Lots of nice rustic touches. Daughter ordered crab cakes and said they were delicious; my husband had lamb shank that he really enjoyed. I had grilled pork chop that was thin so easily over cooked. It was not bad, just not anything memorable. I saw the grilled chicken coming out to other diners and it it looked just like my pork....plain and grilled. The mashed potatoes were delicious !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This place is great for a pre-theatre meal. Quick service and suitable menu with lots of options for small bites, full 3 course pre-fix dinner or a hearty entree. I went on Halloween and the townhouse was decorated really nicely and the bartenders/servers were dressed for the occasion. Very affordable dining for restaurant row/midtown.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Quieter than most theater district restaurants. Very good menu choices. Some tables are upstairs, so if you’re not into climbing a couple of flights, it’s not for you. But the upstairs rooms have a wonderful ambiance , so it’s worth the flight. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always good food with great special choices. I was really in the mood for the salmon and it really hit the spot.
A lovely vegan dish was prepared for one in my party. The value is unbelievable for being in the theater district. The staff is warm and get to know you if you're there periodically.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pork chop cooked just right. Served w/spinach and mashed potatoes. Spinach was a little too garlicy and the potatoes could have used something to step them up a notch, but otherwise a good-tasting choice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Buen trato y buena comida

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Unusual building.
Good food Large portions.
Wonderful price for prixe fixed dinner

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The staff is friendly and welcoming. The food is consistently excellent. The service is excellent. And the price is moderate. My only criticism is that the menu is not extensive enough. The only meat dish is grilled chicken breast. Other choices are pork and Talapia, of which I do not eat. They also have some nice pasta dishes that I would prefer as a side, not a main dish. Still what they have, I enjoy.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Went to the Hourglass Tavern immediately after a Broadway show so it was empty when we got there. It is a very small restaurant and they seated us on the first floor. The server was prompt and courteous. Food was average. I have been to other restaurants on restaurant row and the food selection was better.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This was a fantastic find. Delicious, fresh food. Great ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Intimate little Italian place on a Restaurant Row. Good food and excellent service. Nice find.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We always enjoy going to the Hourglass during our travels to NYC, always friendly, food is always good. Very small and intimate restaurant on Restaurant Row, we definitely will continue to go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We met a friend and her daughter for brunch. The food and service were terrific. Our server told us about the origin of the hourglass on the wall but made sure we didn't feel rushed:-)
An excellent reunion with old friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My friends were from out of town and wanted to meet for brunch in a restaurant near the theatre district. LOVED the ambiance, location, architecture and menu food choices. They were delighted in my recommendation and I looked like the seasoned New Yorker they were expecting! Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was looking for a restaurant that served healthy menu items but also was considered trendy. It fit the bill perfectly. The ambience was great and the food was delicious, even for my husband who was relieved to know they had “non healthy” items as well. The staff was courteous and down to earth. A big shot out to our server Jason, who was more than knowledgeable about the dinner menu and helped my husband and I make wonderful choices. We will definently recommend to our friends and be coming back here again!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Myself and my friends enjoyed HourGlassTavern.
We were celebrating our friends special bday.
Good Vibe, Good Food and Good Service!
I would most definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

My daughter and I came here for pre theater dinner and drinks. It was great. Not alot of noise at the time, prices fair and the food and drinks were delicious! And my daughter thought the waiter was really cute.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious food, impeccable service, unbelievable prices and simple kindness.
How can you go wrong?
You don't.
Consistently satisfying, never disappointing, always leave in a good mood.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

THE FOOD WAS QUITE GOOD AND NICE PORTIONS, EVEN WITH THE PRICE FIXED DINNER, HOWEVER, THE SERVICE WAS QUITE WEAK AND WE DIDNT EAT OUR DESSERT AND ASKED FOR IT TO BE PACKED UP. I WENT UP TO THE LADIES ROOM AND UPON RETURNING ASKED FOR MY PACKED ITEM WAS GIVEN THE ONLY TAKE OUT I SAW....LATER, AFTER THEATRE I REALIZED THEY HAD GIVEN ME A LEFTOVER CHICKEN (WHICH I DO NOT EAT) OF SOMEONE ELSE, SO I GAVE IT TO A HOMELESS MAN.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were seated immediately as we arrived at 4:30 p.m. Unfortunately we were seated in a room on the third floor of this walk up. There are no handicap facilities and people should be warned about that. There was one restroom on the third floor and there was a bar on the third floor. I am not aware of the location of the kitchen but most of the food that was served was tepid and at least one order had to be sent back. The food was tasty and the menu was diverse. All in all it was a nice place to meet some old friends have a good conversation and a lite meal. Nothing really special. Not running back to a 3 story walkup.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

went for pre-theater Sunday brunch-nice cozy atmosphere. Super nice service and friendly owner. highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Beautiful old brownstone building. We reserved a table for 10 and they had us squished into a table that would have sat 6 comfortably, with another group right up against us. This was very disappointing and made for an uncomfortable dinner. We had to move tables around to allow for members of both parties to use the restroom. They shouldn't make reservations if they can't accommodate them.
No hourglass on any table.
The food was good, everyone enjoyed the flavor of their meal.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very narrow bistro-like, cozy atmosphere. Really enjoyed everything about it. Was trying to select a not-fancy, medium priced, delicious food restaurant near the theatre, and this fit the bill!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Hourglass was very cute. Service was great, we tried just appetizers and had a great time sharing. Usually restaurants don't like that, but they were great about it. Great atmosphere, we didn't feel rushed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very disappointed! 3 steep floors with tiny seating area on each. Food was not fresh tasting, soup was blah. Sandwiches were on stale rolls. Will not be returning or recommending. 😟

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service! Serves the best bloody mary with lots of horseradish and the smoked trout is yummy! Been a few times for pre-theater...some tight spaces on the first floor and steep stairs to other levels but delightful none the less and the owner has a sense of humor ( check out the signs in the women's restroom!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Did pre theatre.....service was attentive without rushing us. I had a chicken club which was delicious. My sister enjoyed the roasted fig salad. It is COZY which some may interpret as cramped downstairs, but I didn't mind. There's also outside dining and floors upstairs but we didn't see that. I'd definitely return. Very New York experience. Original.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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