Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Hourglass Tavern/Bettibar

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Hourglass Tavern/Bettibar
On my walk home every day I pass by Hourglass Tavern. It's never too packed but busy. A guy (owner/manager/worker/patron) sits in front telling people about it's great happy hour. So why not?
This place was a bit confusing at first. The ground floor is Hourglass Tavern and serves regular food as well as drinks. But it also encompasses 2 other floors above which is technically Bettibar. Huh? All floors serve food and booze but I believe the menus are different. We opted for Bettibar on the 2nd floor. The space is small and quaint. We were lucky to get one of the few last tables. A couple of specials lined the board for happy hour. I went for the Mystery Shot and Beer in a Bag (~$8). The shot was sweet and weak but the beer was from Brooklyn Brewery, I believe. It's a fun way to start the night.
For food, we picked a bunch of smaller dishes to share. Here's the Quatros ($11) which was crostini with 4 different kinds of dips like romesco, red lentil, olive hummus, and sweet pea and ricotta. The bread came "pre-dipped" meaning they layered the dips on the bread. These were just okay and given the price I probably wouldn't order them again. Nothing stood out in flavor.
The Lil Big Ass Sliders ($14) fared better with beef patties topped with cheese on slightly dry bread. Again, not the best. The beef didn't have a lot of flavor and the cheese wasn't very noticeable.
We also ordered the mini Cuban sliders ($12) with roast pork, ham, pickles, cheese, and mustard. These were overly dry and weren't very good. I really dislike dry pork. Sigh. The accompaniments didn't do much to save it either.
The Piglets ($8) were good with beefy hotdogs and flaky puff pastry. But the price was high for the amount of food we received.
The last dish was the Albondingas ($12) which were chicken meatballs with sundried tomatoes in marinara sauce.
You can see the tomatoes dotting the ball of chicken. I think this was one of the best dishes. But again, at $12 that's pretty steep for 4 meatballs. And it's chicken which is relatively cheap compared to beef.
I enjoyed the service at Hourglass Tavern/Bettibar. It was friendly yet professional. The happy hour drink specials are pretty decent too. It runs until 10pm on most nights. However, the expensive yet mediocre food can't be forgotten. Too bad. It seemed to be a nice place. If I were to return, it would be for drinks only.

Hourglass Tavern/Bettibar
373 W 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 265-2060
hourglasstavern.com

1 comment:

  1. Wow, too bad the food was not worth it. Both those sliders look too bready. And those piglets/ pigs in a blanket..I rather eat a couple of hot dog & scallions buns. :P

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