Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

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American Restaurant and Italian Restaurant$$$$
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 20, 2013
    Consistently delicious - come for lunch (amazing chicken milanese) or for dinner, where you must get the heirloom tomato salad, followed by the gnocchi. Menu changes daily based on what's in season!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HoangAugust 21, 2014
    The spaghettini stole the show for me with the swordfish meatballs. It was perfection. I got the steak but it was a little too salty. The lamb was phenomenal. A little underwhelmed but good overall
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 17, 2014
    Looking for a great dessert place? This place has been offering great food to New Yorkers for nearly three decades. Certainly try their Pumpkin Cheescake, every bite is worth it. Read more
  • Jen Pollack B.
    Jen Pollack BiancoOctober 5, 2013
    The half-bottle of Krug for $64 is a real bargain (the BevMo pro is $95). The lemon infused vodka and inspired cocktail menu make brunch here a real win!
  • Brad G.
    Brad GaroonJune 25, 2015
    The USC Burger is served on a brioche bun, with cheddar, bacon, pickles, and onion. It's juicy, full of delicious flavor, and comes with a mountain of french fries. Read more
  • Ebee D.
    Ebee DOctober 29, 2015
    If you want a guaranteed great meal keep this iconic resto in mind. Used to go on the reg. After a 7 years it's just as great as the first time. Veggie sides, steak, burger, tartar...service =+++
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 10, 2015
    Everything was amazing! Was here for my birthday & did not hold back. Had three sets of appetizers before a steak entree and each platter was phenomenal. Even the bread and olive oil/spices were great
  • @d_d_dunn
    @d_d_dunnJune 29, 2014
    Just like one of your longest friends, Union Square Cafe is always there for you. Fantastic brunch! Thank you @unionsquarecafe team and @dhmeyer. Amazing hospitality from Victoria!! #NYC
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 6, 2013
    The chicken milanesa here is like none other. The chicken cutlet so delicately crumbed and perfectly fried, with a salad on top and salty notes from pecorino, it can't be beat.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineJuly 1, 2012
    Consistently fabulous. Eat at the bar. Menu repeats itself seasonally, so you can have the same great heirloom salad as you did the year before. Pastas come in half orders, great for light dining.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerJanuary 2, 2012
    Skip the reservations needed months in advance and pull up to the bar at USC, where the staff is warm+knowledgable about Danny Meyer's excellent food and wine. Fellow diners and environs are friendly.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BorchersNovember 18, 2013
    Great food and service right in Union Square. Go for brunch and you'll be back for dinner! Can't miss with anything on the menu but you must try the mashed potatoes!
  • Juwan M.
    Juwan MimesAugust 14, 2014
    Danny Meyer is a culinary genius, so the food is obviously incredible. The menu changes and all food is locally and seasonally sourced. A great place for any party or occasion.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 8, 2014
    Get Union Square Cafe's newly launched creme brûlée scone, forget the Cronuts. Read more
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzOctober 24, 2015
    The food was absolutely delicious, however the service was a bit too relaxed for my liking. It took our server 40 minutes just to take our order. But I still love it and great food!
  • Megan J.
    Megan JohnsonAugust 10, 2014
    Good: baked eggs (rustic, but yummy). BLT was good, but we like a stacked BLT with more of everything. Only order when tomatoes are in season. Fresh squeezed juice=yummy bfast cocktails.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.April 13, 2014
    three words: danny, meyer, and pasta. going on over 25 years, the menu will never disappoint and neither will he. lasagna bolognese is swanky and from your grandmother's kitchen all at once.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyAugust 4, 2011
    We were in the mood for seafood and were simply delighted by the food. For starters the oysters on the half shell were super fresh, and the grilled tuna for our entrée was equally as fresh.
  • Jomi C.
    Jomi CubolNovember 13, 2014
    Can't go wrong with Pan Roasted Chicken. Moist pudding and carrots on the side make it a perfect combination.
  • Brooke M.
    Brooke MindnichOctober 22, 2015
    The main floor dining room is great for conversation. I hope the new location can retain the quiet, less frenetic ambience of so many manhattan restaurants.
  • Tom K.
    Tom KlemAugust 15, 2012
    Had a wonderful dinner here with corn soup first. I had the pork and my wife the scallops. Finished with Key Lime Pie and coffee. Nice sparkling wine to start.
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapMarch 16, 2013
    The Irish Boil & Slow Poached Egg (brunch) + Huckleberry Buttermilk Pancakes + Burger = Yum. Service is impeccable!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 4, 2015
    The USC burger tasted fresh. Loved their honeycrisp apple cobbler that comes with a chipotle-cheddar biscuit & Brown butter ice cream :)
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 24, 2015
    30 years strong service is impeccable. Food tremendous. Lasagna will make you want more and more.
  • Emily P.
    Emily P. 💠April 20, 2014
    Don't leave without trying the Bibb salad paired with a Mimosa. Risotto was a hit as well as the gnocchi, pancakes and French toast =]
  • Marjorie C.
    Marjorie CAugust 12, 2013
    This burger is what Shake Shack burgers want to be when they grow up. Heirloom tomato salad and chicken Milanese were also fantastic options.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LeeJanuary 30, 2015
    This is one of New York’s most prestigious eateries founded by restaurateur Danny Meyer, also founder of Shake Shack, according to this article http://bloom.bg/1zfUhca
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Danny Meyer’s flagship restaurant earned him many top ratings over the years and is still one of the best haunts in town.
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJuly 5, 2013
    Great food that's solidly prepared. Ricotta gnocchi was amazing. A bit pricey for the quality -- but decent lunch option for the neighborhood
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Classic American dining at it's best. Come for brunch, where you'll find an excellent USC Burger and Lamb and Goat Cheese Omelette.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 15, 2011
    A NearSay Restaurant Week Pick! We recommend the Roasted Berkshire Pork Sandwich followed up with a Raspberry Crumb Cake with Raspberry-Lime Sherbet. Yup, we're in love with Danny Meyer too.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    N-Sider favorite: Make sure and order the Banana-Pretzel Cream Pie with Calvados Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. It will blow your mind!!!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseDecember 6, 2014
    Andrew is an terrific sommelier - two great bottles with dinner: champagne and Syrah. The lamb chops did not disappoint.
  • The New York Times
    Recommended dishes: Heirloom tomato salad, lasagna Bolognese, capellini with flaked cod, pan-roasted chicken, grilled lamb chops, hamburger (lunch), chocolate chip bread pudding, cookie assortment. Read more
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyJune 7, 2014
    Feeling indulgent? French Toast & the Tuna Burger. Rhubarb smash drink is perfect for a summer brunch. Orrata is a good main.
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HSeptember 4, 2012
    Try the brownie with ice cream & espresso carmel sauce. Happens to be gluten free and the best dessert I've ever had!
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineFebruary 21, 2011
    always a pleasure, half order of pastas, you will meet someone interesting at the bar, see photos here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=255063&id=765634189&l=4d6cb114a2
  • Alana C.
    Alana CadizSeptember 20, 2014
    The Bibb & Red Oak salad with the ricotta gnocchi was delicious--can't wait to come back to try more things!
  • Robert F.
    Robert FreebornMarch 15, 2015
    We've been coming here for years and love every single meal. Had the lamb chops this time.....amazing!
  • Vasu V.
    Vasu VadlamudiJuly 21, 2015
    Great service, solid and well executed New American. Carpaccio was very good. Cobia sashimi was a bit fishy
  • Jean L.
    Jean LeeJune 27, 2014
    Excellent Flaked Halibut, Broccoli Rabe, Chili, Rustic Breadcrumbs!
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KimDecember 1, 2014
    The cauliflower soup was a great starter. Will try the skate next time!!
  • Annie J.
    Annie JengSeptember 1, 2012
    Sit upstairs. It's nice and cozy. The wild salmon (medium rare) is absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 2, 2012
    The service was incredible! I would aslo reccommend trying the Roasted Pork Dish, it was delicious!
  • Nancy X.
    Nancy XuFebruary 17, 2014
    Their chocolate babka is the best ever I have had in my life!! Strongly recommend this pastry!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 20, 2015
    Everything is great here, but the beef carpaccio is is standout.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 8, 2013
    Try the Usc Burger - Brioche, French fries, cheddar a and bacon. One of the best.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 23, 2010
    A v. good red wine value: Beaumes de Venise Chateau Redortier's '01 (Rhone Valley). A rich, complex, and earthy grenache-based blend achieves its best, most complex profile in this fantastic vintage.
  • Carolina R.
    Carolina RevillaMay 25, 2015
    Impeccable service, an amazing meal. The frito misty appetizer was delicious!!!
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Blueberry pie might be the best I've ever had, waiter says it's a cult favorite.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FriedbergMay 22, 2013
    Get the tuna burger medium rare and add the coleslaw and grilled onion into the mix (crucial).
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 8, 2013
    Try the Bacon Peanut Butter - Served with the huckleberry pancakes. Insanely good.
  • Nancy X.
    Nancy XuMarch 2, 2014
    Ok, after loving their chocolate babka so much, I now fall in love with their pecan caramel popover!
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine McNeelJuly 19, 2015
    Great food but the service was a little slow. Overall an incredible experience.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 8, 2013
    Try the Huckleberry Pancakes - Incredible. Some of the best pancakes ever.
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KimMarch 26, 2014
    Get the pig cheeks, pork belly, chicken pate, and fettucine bolognese!
  • James C.
    James CubbonFebruary 8, 2013
    Damn good service, fantastically rich, tasty food. An institution for a reason
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaFebruary 18, 2015
    USC burger, medium rare. Make them send away the bread and butter for starters - you'll want all your space for this beauty
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KimFebruary 22, 2011
    I LOVE their beef carpaccio..always have to order it! and love all their pastas. Ive never been disappointed. :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 16, 2013
    Danny Meyer's original Union Square restaurant, still a very fine place for a meal after 25 years in business.
  • Darryl d.
    Darryl deLeonFebruary 1, 2013
    Get the butternut squash pasta, cara cara salad and the beet and apple salad.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaOctober 24, 2015
    The vibe is very "plaza hotel" and the brunch is super rich if that's what you're into.
  • Krista H.
    Krista HoffmanJune 21, 2013
    USC Banana Tart is incredible. Polenta and oysters are great too!
  • Cristian G.
    Cristian GonzalezAugust 8, 2014
    Great place for lunch or brunch with friends. Super attentive service.
  • Sara S.
    Sara ScornavacchiMarch 11, 2013
    Decent neighborhood restaurant but wouldn't go out of my way. Ask for table on the ground floor if you want to be in the action, upstairs for privacy.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenSeptember 10, 2015
    Fantastic food and service. All of the pasta dishes are incredible
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PAugust 8, 2014
    The heirloom tomato salad and ricotta gnocchi were phenomenal!
  • Edward O.
    Edward OSeptember 9, 2015
    Consistently good food if somewhat more meager portions these days, superb service.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BossertNovember 30, 2014
    The cavatelli pasta might be the best pasta in the city
  • KeepRecipes
    KeepRecipesFebruary 18, 2011
    Try the Mashed Yellow Turnips with Crispy Shallots! It's made with local Greenmarket vegetables. Later, try the delish recipe at home. Read more
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersJanuary 20, 2014
    Danny Meyer's first restaurant, opened in 1985, and ranked the #1 Most Popular Restaurant in the Zagat Survey an unprecedented nine times.
  • Cary T.
    Cary ToberMarch 6, 2011
    Saturday special is a double pork chop with bacon risotto and balsamic reduction. It's awesome.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 8, 2013
    Try the Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sundae - Caramelized bananas, whipped cream, hot fudge, caramel popcorn.
  • David W.
    David WangJuly 19, 2015
    Cinnamon rolls and corn are FANTASTIC! Def get those.
  • Nicole
    NicoleJanuary 16, 2013
    Absolutely delicious. The rainbow trout was out of this world!
  • Anastasia D.
    Very tasty!raviolli with lobster and swordfish must try!!!!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MonahanDecember 22, 2010
    Their polenta is to die for...incredibly decadent. The bibb salad is another favorite!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerSeptember 10, 2011
    The blueberry lime soda is an absolute winner if you don't drink booze.
  • dot. h.
    dot. hNovember 25, 2015
    The spaghettini with flaked halibut is a must
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupOctober 18, 2010
    Get the Grilled Beef Sirloin & Arugula Salad with mushroom vinaigrette and parmigiano reggiano
  • Nef A.
    Nef AraiaFebruary 3, 2012
    Do not get: rabbit or pecan pie!! Do get: foie gras and/or pâté! I was completely confused when the entrees arrived zzz. Boring and bland. The appetizers were much more interesting and tasty
  • Anne M.
    Anne MasonJune 6, 2012
    love the waitstaff, so smooth and professional.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 13, 2015
    The USC burger is the first burger I ever loved.
  • Patranila
    PatranilaMay 24, 2010
    Do yourself a favor and get the chocolate chip bread pudding with Grand Marnier ice cream. Oh my!
  • Sunny Y.
    Sunny YOctober 21, 2011
    must make reservations unless you don't mind sitting at the bar.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LansdellJanuary 8, 2015
    The pan roasted chicken was magnificent!
  • Gwendolyn G.
    Sit at the Bar if you don't have a reservation! Enjoy!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinApril 15, 2014
    come for brunch and get the french toast!
  • Liza S.
    Liza SFebruary 10, 2012
    I still cry from joy when I think about the lobster shepards pie special!
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiAugust 19, 2013
    Lovely food, unwelcoming rushed service.
  • BLOUIN ARTINFO
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 16, 2010
    At this much-loved American eatery, the eclectic paintings, drawings, and collages assembled over many years are favorites of superstar restaurateur Danny Meyer.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinFebruary 19, 2015
    Good burger. Gold rush was tasty.
  • SULLY B.
    SULLY BONNELLYMay 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great to sit at the bar for lunch or diner
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityMarch 9, 2011
    Don't hesitate--indulge in every course. You really don't want to miss a thing. Lunchtime? Get the tuna burger.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BradyMarch 4, 2010
    The Wild Mushroom Sformato is a MUST -- it's like foie gras for vegetarians. Delicious!
  • Glamazon Diaries
    Glamazon DiariesApril 11, 2011
    Make sure to ask for the bone marrow mashed potatoes. You'll shed a tear.
  • Elle W.
    Elle WangJune 20, 2010
    a fantastic place for business meal. Service was great as well. $30ish for lunch
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoNovember 1, 2012
    Recommended: the chicken milanesa
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerJanuary 24, 2015
    They have gluten free bread if you ask!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BaptistaApril 6, 2011
    Grab some warm garlic chips! ...Oh, and everything else too :-)
  • Leopoldo G.
    Leopoldo GómezNovember 27, 2014
    Best Moscow Mule in Town.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJune 11, 2015
    The burger somehow captures Danny Meyer's culinary soul.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CorriganFebruary 23, 2010
    Butter whipped mashed potatoes (had them in a previous life - they're better than ice cream) Read more
  • Anna K.
    Anna KorabanovaFebruary 1, 2012
    Fresh flowers in the restroom - that is soo nice!)
  • Suejin Y.
    Suejin YangMarch 15, 2009
    There's a pasta dish there that is still my absolute favorite--even after my trip to Sicily. It's got a tomato-anchovy sauce with breadcrumbs over angel hair, I think. Yum.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DiNardiMarch 31, 2010
    a little bit of paradise in the big city. Consistently good -- never had a bad meal here. Read more
  • Alex I.
    Alex IskoldOctober 30, 2011
    Must go. We really enjoyed it.
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsJanuary 24, 2015
    Their Corn N' Oil cocktail is magical.
  • Seth P.
    Seth PoileyJuly 15, 2011
    Tapioca dessert and peach cobbler are awesome!
  • Chekmark Eats
    Chekmark EatsDecember 31, 2011
    Great for brunch as well!
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LimesAugust 2, 2014
    The steaks are bland and the service is phony. Find another restaurant which deserves your hard earned cash.
  • David c.
    David cromptonJanuary 22, 2015
    Key Lime Pie was amazing.
  • Fauzia B.
    Fauzia BurkeMarch 31, 2010
    USC remains a wonderful place in NY. Wonderful food; fabulous service.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanAugust 16, 2015
    Slow service but the food is good. BLT is delicious.
  • Sebastien G.
    Sebastien GFebruary 14, 2014
    Good, very good. Typical NYC restaurant.
  • Strolm
    StrolmDecember 11, 2014
    Everything
  • Marcie Q.
    Marcie QuintanaJune 20, 2015
    Kale salad is delicious.
  • Fred W.
    Fred WilsonDecember 5, 2015
    Wifi password is wireless
  • Jamie E.
    Jamie EppoliteNovember 15, 2010
    Must try the gnocchi... Melts in your mouth
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 8, 2013
    Try the cinnamon roll
  • Darryl d.
    Darryl deLeonFebruary 1, 2013
    Get the butternut squash tortalini
  • Mandy T.
    Mandy ThomasMarch 1, 2011
    When the season is right, you must order the heirloom tomato salad.
  • Hannah ..
    Hannah ...January 15, 2012
    Get the Burger + Bacon
  • Lina
    LinaNovember 25, 2010
    This place may have been amazing back in the day, now it's plain average.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GargisoDecember 29, 2014
    Great American food.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbateFebruary 4, 2010
    Sitting at the bar here is the way to go!
  • CCnyc
    CCnycDecember 15, 2014
    Butternut squash tortellini
  • Sara G.
    Sara GochnaurFebruary 11, 2010
    order one of the many amazing desserts on the menu!
  • Bob D.
    Bob D.January 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    try the bar, great place to eat if you have not planned ahead
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesJanuary 11, 2012
    Perfect for dinner!
  • Maksim A.
    Maksim AlipovFebruary 24, 2015
    ~22$ lunch
  • Vicki J.
    Vicki JohnsonNovember 11, 2009
    Whenever risotto is offered, order it. Not a regular item, it's great.
  • SamLowry
    SamLowryAugust 4, 2012
    Great diner!
  • Christina H.
    Christina HagopianNovember 28, 2012
    Sunchoke slow poached egg salad. To die.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle ReamyOctober 29, 2009
    Definitely eat at the bar. Great conversations, great crowd.
  • Robin W.
    Robin WangDecember 23, 2011
    Yummy bar nuts!
  • Steven H.
    Steven HJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Polenta ravioli. Insane.
  • Wholesale F.
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  • Steven H.
    Steven HJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great seats at the bar early.
  • Sally B.
    Sally BedoyaOctober 22, 2009
    I love eating at the bar. It is so much more lively.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooMarch 28, 2012
    Free wifi!
  • Manoela B.
    I hate this place! I wanted to eat on the table but they said that we had to sit on the counter!
  • shaylan g.
    shaylan griswoldNovember 6, 2010
    ricotta gnocchi omfg
  • Eve S.
    Eve StrickmanJune 21, 2013
    Yummy food. Awful service.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DickinsonMay 20, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Attend a Morning Market Meeting. (They are advertised in the semi-annual USC newsletter.)
  • jake h.
    jake harperJuly 28, 2010
    FoLLow Me Im HeRe!!! Read more
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyNovember 3, 2014
    Ricotta gnocchi kesinlikle denenmeli cok ozel ve farkli lezzet col basarili. Kalamari siradan
  • Ekaterina K.
    Ekaterina KurashevaSeptember 19, 2014
    Большие порции салатов
  • Juliano C.
    Juliano CarvalhoMay 24, 2015
    Tudo certo, tudo bom,
  • Ленка К.
    Еда неплохая, но обслуживание чудовищно!!! Вина ждали полвека((( Горячее принесли и норовили поставить мне прямо в тот момент, когда я несла устрицу от блюда ко рту, тарелку под эти устрицы не дали
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