We didn't have a reservation but the restaurant wasn't that busy for 6:30 pm in the Theatre District. This is a bi-level restaurant with main dining room being up the stairs. Downstairs area features a large bar with some tables scattered. Hostess at the door walked us upstairs to one of the two-person booths. The whole place is brand new and you can see that they wanted this place to look elegant yet casual; very well planned out and decorated. There is a private dining area for groups with a small bar and fireplace in the back of the dining room.
The service was superb and extremely attentive for this area of Manhattan especially before the showtime. Our waiter made sure that our meal was complete with time to spare to walk over to the theatre. There is a three course, prix-fix menu for $29.99, even though we didn't order from it, the food looked amazing with very generous portions. Starters averaged at $10 while the main courses averaged at $22-23. There is a well selected wine list and a small dessert menu of $6 each. Besides the dinner menu they also offer bar, lunch and brunch menus.
Our server Alain was both attentive and polite. We decided to order the Seared Diver Sea Scallops at $13.95 and Sweet Garlic Risotto at $8.95, for starters and Lamp Pappardelle at $18.95 and Radiatore Pasta with Roasted Duck at $19.95 for mains. Unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert but the Pineapple Bread Pudding looked amazing while being delivered to the next table. There were so many other dishes we wanted to try but it was only two of us and we can only eat so much...
Overall this is a restaurant we will happily return. We both thought that the food was excellent and the price to portion / quality was better than most in this area. We will certainly return when back in the Theatre District before this place gets discovered by the out-of-towners.
Give them a try and you will be happy you did. They do take reservations on OpenTable.
Glass House Tavern
Theater District Bar & Restaurant
252 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036