My Glass Runneth Over

My Glass Runneth Over

The bar scene at Glass House Tavern

The Glass House Tavern is pretty much everything you want in an urban watering hole, especially if you’re looking for a bonafide New York-y e xperience (and in the Theater District, isn't everyone?). A little too noisy and a little too crowded, but one can’t help but be swept up by the energy of the room, filled with locals that you sense have been regulars for decades, as well as pre-theater patrons, looking for a good cocktail or a quick meal before the show. While the restaurant offers both high-tops and tables (in the rear), I tend to opt for a seat at the bar, especially if I’m catching an early (7 p.m.) curtain: needless to say, service is faster, and if you’re flying solo, there is always the friendly bartenders or a neighbor on the barstool next to you available  to chat with (on my last visit there, an elderly gentleman, dressed in a dapper suit and Mad Men-era hat, was giving me the rundown on the good and the bad of the theater season thus far).

The glasses of wine are generous pours  and the bar menu (there is also a full dinner menu to choose from) offers some creative offerings such as crispy truffle risotto balls and a sliced prosciutto board (the latter offers generous offerings of the slivered meat, with crunchy bruschetta and a tasty olive tapenade). Warmed from the wine and the good food, it was an easy dash across the street to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The glass is definitely more than half-full at Glass Tavern.

>>The Glass House Tavern, 252 W. 47th St., 212.730.4800