Blue Water Grill
Blue Water Grill

Blue Water Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluewatergrillnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 675-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
    Monday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Join us for live music 7 nights a week starting at 6 pm nightly. A sure way to jazz up your dinner date!
  • Special Events: Blue Water Grill is available for full restaurant buyouts, or partial buyouts in the Upper Mezzanine or either of two lower level dining rooms - the Jazz Room and the Bank Vault Room.

    For more information about our event spaces, contact Special Events at 212-675-9500 or email bwgevents@brguestinc.com.

    Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: L, 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q & W trains to Union Square/14th Street. M14, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M7 buses to Union Square/14th Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.
A word from Blue Water Grill
Blue Water Grill, a Zagat favorite year over year, is a seafood and sushi dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and visitors alike are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space with chandeliers that illuminate the bi-level dining room, a café perfect for people-watching and a lower level lounge and dining room with live music 7 nights a week. The menu highlights the freshest seafood daily, with innovative offerings at the Sushi Bar and composed dishes coming out of the kitchen. Blue Water Grill is also known for Sunday Brunch overlooking the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Blue Water Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
456 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (194)neighborhood gem (184)special occasion (167)great for outdoor dining (161)good for groups (135)great for lunch (121)great for brunch (115)romantic (105)hot spot (98)notable wine list (65)vibrant bar scene (58)late-night find (32)scenic view (20)kid-friendly (19)Show More
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Bland, institutional food that's nothing special and a dining room that could do with a refresh, including a lick of paint and perhaps a little cleaning. Service is pleasant. The downstairs room is more appealing. Upstairs, it's business, bridge and tunnel, and bachelorettes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the dessert course
    IlTenoreVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    ... and order more appetizers. We were celebrating a special event and remembered Blue Water Grill from several past brunches. Servers were delightful, and we dined on appetizers and small plates (deviled egg with lobster, arancini, butternut squash soup, beef tartare, spiced butternut squash soup, sweet potato hash with crabmeat), all delicious. Also split a half bottle of Krug to celebrate, and it was priced fairly. We pushed our luck, feeling festive, and tried dessert. The "signature" pumpkin cheesecake was okay, but wasn't enhanced by the mincemeat topping. And the gelato was simply awful; I would have sent it back, but my partner is too polite -- he just chopped it up and left it, instead. Hard balls of iced-through gelato, clearly scooped and held well in advance; flavors impossible to confirm. Enjoy their seafood-themed menu, and skip the sweets. I'd have given another star if not for the desserts, which were both fails.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely surprise!
    karenedee
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The raw oyster selection was the reason I chose this restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised by the other menu items, ie. crab toasts and market greens salad. I expected the typical field greens and was very impressed by the combination of greens, farmer's market vegetables, and a dressing that complimented the ingredients. Great location to union square, walking distance from several hotels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem of a Waiter
    BarbL
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Not our first visit to Blue Water....and certainly not out last. Our Waiter Jordan was outstanding, knowledgeable, sincere, appropriately funny...he's a keeper and a gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    shs81alum
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We loved everything about our dining experience - the food, the service, and the ambiance! The tuna ceviche was the best I've ever had, and the filet mignon melted in our mouths. Topping everything off - our banana tower dessert was awesome! We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great and our server was outstanding.
    MYHDL
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My husband and I truly enjoyed the food, the outstanding service, the ambiance and the "above and beyond" customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will definitely be back!
    Leslie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went to BWG before a show so we arrived early on a Friday night. Were immediately seated, service was excellent. Shared some oysters, and an octopus appetizer that was delish. Had the blackened swordfish and halibut for entrees and both were excellent. Decor was festive (already set up for Christmas) and very elegant. Can't wait to go back. When we left the restaurant at 7:30, there was quite a line to get in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    RedLeila
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food and service at this restaurant continue to impress. I asked for a table big enough to spread papers on for a lunchtime meeting, and was given a booth upstairs by a window that could have been held for a party of four, very much appreciated. Impeccable sushi, faultless seafood salad, both perfect. Not rushed, no trying to upsell, just courteous, warm, professional service. As ever. How do they maintain such consistency?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions A La Carte
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was our first time in NYC and the referral came from a banker-friend. I knew the price tags would be high; however, I did not know that the portions would be so small. Our service was impeccable! The upstairs' dining was recommended to get away from the noise, but the heat factor was greater. I swore that the wine I received after being given two taste tests was NOT the wine I chose AND it was $5 more per glass ($16.00). Our server could not tell me if she saw it being poured out of the same bottle. She was gracious enough to send it back, but not without making me feel like I was the nutty one...not to mention that I was also the one spending $ 250 on dinner! If you like hoighty-toighty restaurants...this is the one for you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently enjoyable
    NYCtravVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The formula works with good food, atmosphere and service. Sushi adds to the choices of fresh seafood prepared with knowledge of how best to enhance each fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ginger
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    After passing Blue Water Grill many times, and loving the name, the blue awnings, and outdoor tables, we invited friends for brunch on a chilly day that required us to go inside. The restaurant is beautiful. The noise level is very high. The servers seemed a bit disinterested, as if in need of table turn-over. The food was average. I paid in cash in large bills, the waiter took what amounted to a 30% tip and disappeared without asking if I wanted change, which was fine, but I would have liked the choice. An okay place, but no better than any of the other spots around Union Square.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect setting
    Janet
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I was taking out a former beloved employee and her mom who came in from Ireland. Blue Water Grill was the perfect setting for Sunday morning brunch. it had the right amount of patrons, excellent service and good food. I will certainly come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always great seafood
    TirianVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I come here a handful of times per year and I have always received fantastic service and great seafood at good prices. Their wine list could use a little bit of a re-haul but you'll always find something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always consistently high quality seafood. Warm and friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable as ever for good seafood
    Quentin
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Excellent sushi and sashimi but miss the great variety of fish Excellent, attentive service from a charming waiter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    gastrotouristVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were hungry for fish.So glad we chose the Blue Water Grill with great oysters, fish and seafood. The winter salad was outstanding- -escarole, radicchio with thinly sliced root vegetables lightly but flavorably dressed. Someone put a lot of thought into sourcing and composing that salad.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BMWBev65
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Always awesome! The sushi was amazing! It is one of my favorite places in Manhattan and the prices are so reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always on point
    Joech
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is always delicious and fresh! I have never had a bad meal at Blue Water. All I have is good things to say about this restaurant. I will see you again soon. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Enrique
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food and service - Overall very good experience! This was our first visit there, but will certainly go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good bye, NYC
    flgrl
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I chose Blue Water Grill for my last night in NYC. I invited my cousins - everyone had a different dish and all was scrumptous!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lion1
    Lion1
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Everything was excellent. We arrived 45 minutes early and were taken care of immediately. The meal was not rushed at all. We were allowed to spend a considerable amount of time with our drinks when we indicated we wanted to have some time before ordering. We ordered swordfish and halibut and bot were excellent. The banana tower that was recommended for dessert was outstanding. The moderate priced wine that had been recommended was right on target for our meal. I have always enjoyed this restaurant and this last visit showed that the high standards I am used to have certainly been maintained.i
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Chewy
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Love the mashed sweet potatoes with lump crabmeat! Our server was fabulous. A very enjoyable dinner!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    loti1512
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I enjoy the food and ambience ay blue water, espe ially inside near the windows. However the service the last two. Times I was there was spotty. Compared to other fish restaurants in the city the portionds of fish are small.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sunday family get together
    FRANNY
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    we were a group of 6 and everyone was happy. The service,drink and food were all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Fluffy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our server could not have been more friendlier, knowledgeable and accommodating. He was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Dougal
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had wonderful crispy skin Scottish salmon and the best mashed potatoes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was no lobster
    UnionSquareEater
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The lobster and shrimp roll was grossly over priced and just plain bad. There was no lobster at all. It tasted like cold shrimp. But at least I didn't have to worry much about its distaste because there were only four bites, the rest was just big pieces of lettuce and the roll.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Appetizers were not served prior to entrees, but manager apologized, served along with meal free of charge, and also compted wine. Food was delicious. We were pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table for 4
    MarshaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Perhaps because I am an Open Table VIP they gave me a table for four, even though there were only two of this. I greatly appreciated this. That is the real way a restaurant can make you feel welcome. The food is great, except the hamachi, and it can get a little loud. But for the overall feeling of the evening, the generosity with the table on a rainy night made it fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok....
    Oakesy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Booked a long time in advance for a 'special occasion' meal with my family. Very disappointed to be seated right next to the door to the terrace therefore getting blasted with cold air every few seconds. Seafood stack was good but the service was very slow and inattentive. Expensive for what we had. Not very special at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT
    EXCELLENT
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    EXCELLENT IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE CATEGORY OF RESTAURANT EVALUATION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything qaa perfect. Attentive staff and great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the jazz room!
    NotableVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ate in the jazz room, always loved Blue Water and decided last minute with my husband & son. They are always prepared with a children's menu! My husband had filet minion and I had the sea bass which has always been good! We were a little disappointed with some menu changes, always loved the ceaser but they changed it to Kale ceaser which I dislike and don't feel they need to be trendy with that and they should stick to some classics. Also the lobster bisque was changed to butternut squash, being that they are a seafood restaurant they should always have that as a staple item even if they decide to bring in a seasonal soup. Loved the Florida sushi roll that was taken off the menu as well. The band and the cozy ambiance made the night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For the amount of people that they pack into tight spaces, one would think the food would be stellar. Instead, it was only ok and my girlfriend's salmon was undercooked.
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  • Fantastic Lunch
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was very good and service was fantastic. Great place to celebrate a special occasion. The Pumkin Cheesecake was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max1950VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A terrible waste of a beautiful space. Went for brunch and got expensive diner quality food. And not even a good diner. With union square cafe and other better options in the neighborhood, you can choose more wisely. Take a pass.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As good as always. Fresh, on time with great service
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  • Great seafood!
    Shoegal21
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great spot that's been around forever! Seafood tower is a must if you love seafood. The sushi was good too as well as the dumplings. Only complaint there was no scallop main entree or any crabcakes; but seafood was fresh, service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sustained greatness
    LarryBVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant has been around for years yet still maintains the feel of a newer trendy place. The space, housed in what was formerly a bank, is replete with fine architectural details. The upstairs is relatively quiet, great if you like to converse. Food was very good, drinks were great (passion fruit cosmos) and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Night in NYC
    brasildan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are looking for a great meal and do not mind spending a bit of money this place is well worth it. The food is perfectly prepared and they have a variety of cocktails and wine. This place is not cheap on the portions either. It is a classy and sophisticated spot in the bustling area of 14th Street and Union Sq. If you want an elegant meal full of flavor and an ambiance to match check this place out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.