Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

21 E 16th St (btwn 5th Ave & Union Sq W), New York, NY 10003, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

One of America’s most acclaimed and popular restaurants, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe serves robustly flavored, seasonal American cuisine.


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  • 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

    The New York Times · May 6, 2010

    At this much-loved American eatery, the eclectic paintings, drawings, and collages assembled over many years are favorites of superstar restaurateur Danny Meyer.

    BLOUIN ARTINFO · June 16, 2010
  • Approach Guides

    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.

    Approach Guides · November 23, 2010
  • Gilt City

    Don't hesitate--indulge in every course. You really don't want to miss a thing. Lunchtime? Get the tuna burger.

    Gilt City · March 9, 2011
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Its dependable food and service (both consistently outstanding) make this restaurant a sure bet. Though a reservation can be a challenge... Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · February 12, 2012
  • KeepRecipes

    Try the Mashed Yellow Turnips with Crispy Shallots! It's made with local Greenmarket vegetables. Later, try the delish recipe at home. Read more

    KeepRecipes · February 18, 2011
  • Eater

    Get Union Square Cafe's newly launched creme brûlée scone, forget the Cronuts. Read more

    Eater · October 8, 2014
  • Jen Pollack B.

    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!

    Jen Pollack Bianco · October 5, 2013
  • Valerie S.

    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.

    Valerie Seckler · January 2, 2012
  • Amy C.

    Butter whipped mashed potatoes (had them in a previous life - they're better than ice cream) Read more

    Amy Corrigan · February 23, 2010
  • Village Voice

    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.

    Village Voice · May 6, 2013
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group

    Get the Grilled Beef Sirloin & Arugula Salad with mushroom vinaigrette and parmigiano reggiano

    Gansevoort Hotel Group · October 18, 2010
  • Michelle R.

    Definitely eat at the bar. Great conversations, great crowd.

    Michelle Reamy · October 29, 2009
  • Serious Eats

    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

    Serious Eats · December 17, 2014
  • The Corcoran Group

    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!

    The Corcoran Group · September 20, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Danny Meyer's original Union Square restaurant, still a very fine place for a meal after 25 years in business.

    Serious Eats · March 16, 2013
  • NY Waterway

    The service was incredible! I would aslo reccommend trying the Roasted Pork Dish, it was delicious!

    NY Waterway · August 2, 2012
  • NearSay NYC

    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!!!

    NearSay NYC · July 25, 2011
  • Glamazon Diaries

    Make sure to ask for the bone marrow mashed potatoes. You'll shed a tear.

    Glamazon Diaries · April 11, 2011
  • Steven H.

    Polenta ravioli. Insane.

    Steven H · January 22, 2011
  • Steven H.

    Great seats at the bar early.

    Steven H · January 15, 2011
  • Sally B.

    I love eating at the bar. It is so much more lively.

    Sally Bedoya · October 22, 2009
  • Annie J.

    Sit upstairs. It's nice and cozy. The wild salmon (medium rare) is absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!

    Annie Jeng · September 1, 2012
  • Halstead Property

    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.

    Halstead Property · August 4, 2011
  • NearSay NYC

    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 · July 15, 2011
  • shaylan g.

    ricotta gnocchi omfg

    shaylan griswold · November 6, 2010
  • Robert D.

    a little bit of paradise in the big city. Consistently good -- never had a bad meal here. Read more

    Robert DiNardi · March 31, 2010
  • Elizabeth B.

    The Wild Mushroom Sformato is a MUST -- it's like foie gras for vegetarians. Delicious!

    Elizabeth Brady · March 4, 2010
  • ℰℓⓔn℁ ✓.

    Very good place in Union square. Ambience is cosy. Highly recommended. Try the USC Burger with french fries, lamb and goal cheese omelette and for dessert, Banana Pretzel Tart, Macaron Platter.

    ℰℓⓔn℁ ✓ · August 26, 2014
  • Marjorie C.

    This burger is what Shake Shack burgers want to be when they grow up. Heirloom tomato salad and chicken Milanese were also fantastic options.

    Marjorie C · August 12, 2013
  • Tom K.

    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.

    Tom Klem · August 15, 2012
  • SamLowry

    Great diner!

    SamLowry · August 4, 2012
  • M. Silver Associates

    Perfect for dinner!

    M. Silver Associates · January 11, 2012
  • Andrea B.

    Grab some warm garlic chips! ...Oh, and everything else too :-)

    Andrea Baptista · April 6, 2011
  • Patranila

    Do yourself a favor and get the chocolate chip bread pudding with Grand Marnier ice cream. Oh my!

    Patranila · May 24, 2010
  • Sara G.

    order one of the many amazing desserts on the menu!

    Sara Gochnaur · February 11, 2010
  • Bob D.

    try the bar, great place to eat if you have not planned ahead

    Bob D. · January 3, 2010
  • Suejin Y.

    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.

    Suejin Yang · March 15, 2009
  • Robert F.

    We've been coming here for years and love every single meal. Had the lamb chops this time.....amazing!

    Robert Freeborn · 2 weeks ago
  • Kimmie O.

    The USC burger tasted fresh. Loved their honeycrisp apple cobbler that comes with a chipotle-cheddar biscuit & Brown butter ice cream :)

    Kimmie Ohh · March 4
  • Maksim A.

    ~22$ lunch

    Maksim Alipov · February 24
  • Craig A.

    Good burger. Gold rush was tasty.

    Craig Austin · February 19
  • Damian B.

    USC burger, medium rare. Make them send away the bread and butter for starters - you'll want all your space for this beauty

    Damian Bayona · February 18
  • Nick L.

    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

    Nick Lee · January 30
  • Ben D.

    They have gluten free bread if you ask!

    Ben Drucker · January 24
  • Jillian N.

    Their Corn N' Oil cocktail is magical.

    Jillian Nichols · January 24
  • David c.

    Key Lime Pie was amazing.

    David crompton · January 22
  • Jonathan L.

    The pan roasted chicken was magnificent!

    Jonathan Lansdell · January 8
  • Andrew G.

    Great American food.

    Andrew Gargiso · December 29, 2014
  • 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

    Ленка Колленка · February 8, 2013

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