Blue Water Grill
Blue Water Grill

Blue Water Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluewatergrillnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126759500
  • 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
466 reviews since June 26, 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 (196)neighborhood gem (185)special occasion (182)great for outdoor dining (172)good for groups (135)great for lunch (133)great for brunch (119)romantic (118)hot spot (98)notable wine list (67)vibrant bar scene (61)late-night find (39)scenic view (22)kid-friendly (20)Show More
  • 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....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As good as always. Fresh, on time with great service
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Escape
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Blue Water Grill is a great place to venture to when you need an oasis from the bustling city. We had the deviled eggs taken to another level with the addition of lobster meat. The shrimp dumplings accompanied by a sake-plum sauce was enough to stave our ravenous hunger...for just a few moments. My Ginger-Soy Lacquered Chilean Sea Bass was exactly what I'd been craving without knowing. Go there. Now! Your tastebuds will thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Blue Water Grill is always fantastic. Though the only wrinkle this time was that they were out of my first two choices for Champagne. Otherwise they're excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Water Grill is amazing
    sfo112
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Everything about the Blue Water Grill was perfect -- service, ambiance and especially food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    operafan141VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Whether a business lunch or an after theater dinner with friends, Blue Water Grill is a great choice. Their food is always well prepared, innovative and delicious. The service is polished and extremely helpful - everyone goes above and beyond to make dining an enjoyable experience. And it is truly wonderful to have a meal with friends where you do not find yourself shouting at one another over an abusive sound system! We will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around enjoyable
    KatrielVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Outstanding, gracious service--from the moment we walked in the door. Grilled mushroom appetizer was a remarkable study in contrasts; the halibut was tender and perfectly rendered. They honored my request for a quiet table, and it was a rare pleasure to be able to actually see and hear my dining companion while enjoying a first-rate meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Service and Food ...
    Laurene
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We've been in NYC for 3 weeks and have enjoyed many delicious meals in the $$$ to $$$$ price range. We'd highly recommend Blue Water Grill (Union Square). As a converted bank the architecture is interesting but comfortable (marble and great details), but most notable was the service and outstanding seafood. We started with the Shellfish Tower and moved on to salmon and red snapper. The entrees were moist and seasoned well. The sweet potato 'hash' was my favorite (amazing). No room for dessert ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Although when we first arrived at noon, the staff didn't seem to quite have their act together (maybe someone called out), it quickly improved, and as usual, they were more than accomodating. Every request was met, they were friendly and welcoming, and we loved being able to enjoy a cool but sunny day on the outdoor balcony under the heat lamps! Brunch was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    louise
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Always delicious and great service! Like dining outdoors under the heat lamps.... Quieter so you can hear dinner conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant
    Angie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Renovated bank so the place is very nicely decorated. The food was delicious with the fish being very fresh. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    foodlovinlizzy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Blue Water Grill is consistently delicious. The seafood is always delicious, and the Chilean sea bass is always one of my favorite dishes of any restaurant in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Disappointed with physical space- low ceilings and tight tables. Disappointed with Baked Scallop sushi roll. Sweet potatoe hash was cold and lacked seasoning. Tuna loin was four inches long and 1 inch think- more an app than main course- and lots more bread. But please ask the staff to put on two clothes.
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  • Special place
    deGislainVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It is a special restaurant with great atmosphere and a wonderful "sea bass" dish. The service is friendly and efficient. It is difficult not to enjoy a meal at the Blue Water Grill.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Ordered the shrimp cocktail and didn't feel it was very good. There were four shrimp that were small and seemed previously frozen...and too expensive at $16. Kale in the Kale Ceasar Salad was a little tough. Miso sea bass was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Alright
    meekaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good spot to have brunch/lunch on weekends. Our waiter brandon was such a sweetheart he made sure everything we asked for we got it , whether it was him bringing it or someone else
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alfresco Treat
    Markusha
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The outdoor dining is at it's best on Union Square, watching the scene at the Diner across the street, and the Farmer's market. We had Brunch on Sunday morning, and had to wait until noon for our drinks to be served, claiming NY Blue Laws. By the time the drinks came, food was done and we were ready to leave. Plan your Brunch timing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, really nice service and enjoyed eating outside.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was good but we didn't see a bite for the entire first hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    BethNYVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been to the restaurant before, but we went this time due to BR Guest email for oyster special. Second time these email advertisements were 'bait & switch'. Food took an hour to arrive (ps we didn't even get bread until waiter brought our food). Sushi roll not great. Usually a great restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    operafan141VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We enjoyed a very long lunch at Blue Water Grill and never for a moment were we made to feel that we had overstayed our welcome. The food was wonderful - the aroncini and shrimp dumplings are great, the Seafood Salad is delicious, and the deserts (a peach sorbet and the robiola cheesecake) were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Green Market Neighbor Has Potential
    Fun2eat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This seafood restaurant is next to the Union Sq. green market and an ocean: I look forward to inventive and interesting vegetarian options. Union Square Cafe never got right. Blue Water can do better. Non animal meals should be priced accordingly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Love It!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Blue Water Grill is still my favorite restaurant for Sunday Brunch. The staff, from the bartenders to the servers really go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying yourself. Last Sunday, I tried the French Toast for the first time. It was delicious! My husband had the Chicken Cobb which he enjoyed also. Our server, Richard was excellent. He was attentive, answered all of our questions about the menu and made sure we were happy with our meals when they arrived. As always, the wine list is quite impressive. Now, if they would just bring back the Fried Calamari........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    i have attened all of steve hanson's resturants through out the city starting with park avalon. blue water grill is a wonderful resturant that i use to frequent regularly when i worked in the grammacy park area. we went there last weekend to celebrate my sister's birthday and my upcoming brithday. we enjoyed our brunch very much. all was prepared as ordered and all the dishes were very tasty. i am sorry i am retired now so i don't get a chance to be at the blue water grill more often. i will definityly try to go the next time i am in the big apple.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience overall
    bugsviews
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I read great reviews about this restaurant and decided to give it a try for dinner with friends from out of town. The food was great and the ambience is excellent. The call-in reservation worked well at first but when I called to push the time back one hour there was nothing available until 9:15 p.m. I went online and reserved a table in the main dining room at 7:45 p.m. We arrived on time and waited about 10 minutes to be seated. Our waitress was a tad rude, responding to a question by pointing at the menu and saying, "it comes with what's written there." Thankfully another waitress who was waiting other tables went above and beyond and cheerfully helped us while Ms.Rude was nowhere to be found. We tipped Ms.Rude accordingly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    GRUBB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a splendid dinner. The waiter was informative, attentive and sociable. The food was impressive throughout the meal, and the wine pairing couldn't have been better. Recommended to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    priscillajaneVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We sat outside along the sidewalk and it was flawless as far as being able to enjoy the feeling of sitting outside but also catching the energy of the restaurant. Our server was just the right level of present. Food was excellent. Really looking forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fresh and good.
    InTheNabe
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    All of the fish is fresh and simply, but thoughtfully, prepared. You can be indulgent or have a healthy meal and either will be tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Seafood
    Chris
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The seafood variety is exquisite. The portion is just right and the service is wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we have been many times - hence, the review that we like it! The bathrooms are located WAY downstairs - trouble negotiating steps would keep many folks away!!!!! BTW, on Sept. 14 at nite, I received a notice "we are confirming your reservation for brunch" - otherwise a wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.