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February Vacation: A Restaurant Review

It dawned on me yesterday, when I was trying to figure out what to post about today, that I never finished telling you about our New York City adventures. I gave you a quick list of the places we visited and I told you about the Tenement Museum. But I think I have more to say. I’m going to give it a shot, anyway.

One of my favorite places that we ate was a little restaurant called The Hourglass Tavern. I found it on Yelp and the reviews were excellent. Almost as important as those reviews was the fact that it was only 2 blocks from our hotel. Since my feet were absolutely killing me this sounded just right. As an aside, let me just say that our hotel was located on the edge of Hell’s Kitchen and that turned out to be a very excellent location.

Anyway. The Hourglass is known for getting diners in and out in under an hour, perfect for those who are dining before heading to the theater. We waited until after 7:30 to walk over, figuring the theater crowd would be situated in the theater and the restaurant would be quiet. And we were right. We didn’t have a reservation since this was a spur of the moment decision but they couldn’t have been more gracious and accommodating.

hourglass manhattan for carole knits

hourglass menu for carole knits

This is a very tiny restaurant and we had a little table in the front window – they had to pull the table out for me to slide in behind it. I had a delicious Manhattan and Dale had some bourbon and we both perused the menu.

short ribs for carole knits

Dale ordered pasta bolognese and I went with the short ribs and both meals were fantastic. The prices were terrific and the service was perfect. Our waitress was right there when we wanted her but she didn’t hover or rush us along and she had the most lovely Italian accent.

If you’re in the neighborhood I highly recommend giving this place a try. It is perfectly charming and and romantic and exactly the right spot for us on this particular evening.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. This is the kind of place I’ve always wished we had here in town, with good food, good drink, comfortable atmosphere but not pretentious. Glad you found it and had a great meal. That bread looks delicious!

  2. I love it when we try a sort of neighborhood place while traveling and it turns out great. You look like you’re having a wonderful time.

  3. I agree whole heartedly with Bonny. We have nothing that nice in SLC. What a great trip NYC was for you and it’s wonderful you had such a great time and delicious food!

  4. I love how even your review gets great reviews…your blog readers are the best! Hell’s Kitchen has some great restaurants and you timed your visit perfectly. Thank you for another recommendation for my list!

  5. Today we’re all with Bonny! It is a very special treat to find a neighborhood restaurant with excellent food!

  6. Count me with Bonny as well! Keep the NYC info coming. We are headed back in June. Those short ribs look delicious!

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