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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.unionsquarecafe.com
  • Phone: (212) 243-4020
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: Noon - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Carmen Quagliata
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Ave. and Union Square W.
  • Public Transit: Take the 4, 5, 6, N, R or L subway trains to the 14th Street/Union Square stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public pay parking lot available across the street.
A word from Union Square Cafe
One of America’s most acclaimed and popular restaurants, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe serves robustly flavored, seasonal American cuisine in a relaxed setting of casual elegance. We offer full lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus with daily specials in the dining room and at the bar. As Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, Union Square Cafe is the birthplace of a generation of widely lauded, award-winning restaurants, and an enormous number of world-renowned chefs. Union Square Cafe’s iconic food and gracious hospitality changed the restaurant landscape in New York City and continue to set the bar for excellence and innovation.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "USC is one of my favorite restaurants. Don't usually go for lunch but did and it was a totally different vibe. There were a few items on the menu that were out and the tuna burger was just ok. Will go back but perhaps my expectations were too high for lunch "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Met friends for a late brunch. Menu offered lots of interesting choices & food was delicious especially the onion risotto & huckleberry pancakes, all consumed in record time; would return just for the outstanding banana tart. Service polite, attentive & timely. Arrived at 2 and asked if we wanted to dine upstairs which was quieter. Accessed by steep stairs, the tiny balcony was just right and we talked without the usual screaming to be heard over the din; uncertain if the downstairs main room would have worked as well. Two hours sped by without being rushed, perhaps because we were at the tail end of the morning crowd. Easily, one of the more pleasant outings we have had in the City. Hope we can try this again with a party of eight."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Just good old fashion great food and service. The ambiance could use a refreshing but great experience overall.A server forgot the table next to us, but our server picked up the slack and didn't even blink an eye taking care of them, it was nice to see such team work. I was seated in the back by the bathrooms at the round corner booth table."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It was a great experience. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and everybody was very friendly."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent service, very good food, quiet, pleasant and peaceful. A really great experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I do not know why it has been a while since we have eaten at Union Square Café. The food was uniformly excellent. The manager was delightful and charming, reflecting confident knowledge of the true meaning of "host." Our server, truly exemplifed focus on employees. We all agreed that we never have experienced restaurant service that exceeded what we received here. He was self-assured and definitive in his recommendations. He clearly (and consciously) gauged us extremely accurately. He knew exactly the right tone to adopt (friendly, but not overly so) just when to appear at our table, and when he was not needed. ​The hiatus until our next visit to USC surely will be less than since the last one."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our group of six, which arrived at different times and included a vegetarian and a vegan, enjoyed a delicious dinner and extraordinarily attentive service. We especially enjoyed the gnocchi and the lamb."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Main course took about 30 mins to arrive and it was really disappointing, not going back"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Service were exceptional. Food was great, too. Impressed with entire experience. Would definitely go back or try another one of his restaurants."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Top notch! Don't miss this divine restaurant. It has it all! Food, wine, ambience, staff... All together just makes you happy and you can't wish for more than you get here. Make a reservation and go enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Excellent food. Great bread and spread to start. Service was very good. My husband had seen an interview with Danny Meyer on tv and so we booked this restaurant as a highlight of our new York trip."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good food, service was not so good. Get the chicken."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I absolutely love the buzz of this place as soon as I walked in the door. People at the bar, in the dining room. The lady who took us to our table was very friendly and warm, like I had know her all my life. I liked that feeling a lot. Mama was our server and she was indescribably GREAT! I took a pic with her and she told me she's on page 92 of Danny Meyer's book that I had read. I highly recommend you read Danny Meyer's Setting the Table. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this place. The tables are very close together, but I felt that touch made it feel homey, like a family gathering. This was the first Danny Meyer restaurant I visited when I arrived in New York for my visit this time around."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Union Square Cafe never disappoints. Excellent meal and great service. We'll definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Union Square Cafe was recommended by a friend and it doesn't fail to deliver. You'll enjoy the memorable food in a beautiful environment. The noise level is quite low, so you can really connect with the people you're dining with. The staff are relaxed and assured, not the least bit of pretension. There's something on the menu for everyone - from adventurous food (I had the octopus) to a hamburger with fries. I can see this cafe working for a romantic date, but also a business meeting. You can't go wrong, it's just a great place."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We visit from Los Angeles regularly and always eat at USC. This time I even bought the cookbook to try to duplicate some of their wonderful food. Never had a dish here that wasn't fantastic. Service is also wonderful...warm, friendly, and efficient. They seat you on time, and you never feel rushed. The spacing of the tables is also very nice, not too close together. Highly recommend eating here. You won't be disappointed and you'll probably be regulars!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Simply a first-class restaurant! Stellar in every way."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Returned for lunch. It was great. Server was very helpful Food was excellent. This was our second visit in two weeks. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a very good meal, before dinner cocktails were a good start at the table. My daughter had Ricotta Gnocchi, it was outstanding, light as a feather and tasty. I had the pork cheeks, it was not fatty at all with a good size with celery root and apples sliced through. My wife had the lamb, also very good. Service was helpful, attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our meals were wonderful aand we would definitley return. My only comment is that I had ordered the ravioli and was brought risotto. They changed it but the waiter never acknowledged the mistake even when he passed by and saw we did not have our dinners. I was surprised by that."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "first time there and everything was picture-perfect, looking forward to many more!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was looking forward to going to the restaurant with all of the positive reviews. I must say that the food was terrific. I was there with three others and everything we ate was fantastic. The service, however, was awful. One of the worst I have experienced in a while. From the moment we sat down, it was bad. After sitting for a while, we had to ask someone for our waiter since we did not see him at all. He also had no idea about the menu and couldn't answer any questions. He simply reiterated what was written on the menu. Anyway, despite the food being terrific, I don't think I will go back or recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A nice experience. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This restaurant provides a combination of good things that is a rarity even in this city of great restaurants. The service is terrific--professional, friendly and without attitude. The main dining room is comfortable, with a nice crowd and a pleasant noise level of conversation--call it a buzz that lets you know you are somewhere interesting yet doesn't interfere with your own table-talk. And the food: good choices, delicious tastes, lovely presentation. We've been there four times and leave with a smile every time."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My fiancee and I both loved our meal at Union Square Cafe. We were seated upstairs, next to a railing looking down on the diners below. It was a great place to sit for a romantic dinner. We were pleased with both the service and the food - in our experience, that is usually rare. The food and drinks were served promptly but we were given plenty of time to enjoy it, and did not feel pressured to rush at any time. We both enjoyed our meals: I had the chicken and he had the steak with the mashed potatoes. We also ordered a side of spinach, which was cooked perfectly. To complete the meal we both ordered dessert, which was also delicious but order two because it is not enough to share!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice little place, nothing amazing, but it offers a nice place to go when you don't want to go all out."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Really incredible service provided by the staff at this restaurant, to complement the great food they serve!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants was not as wonderful as it usually is. My husband's appetizer, bass crudo, and his main course, trout, were delicious, but my frito misto appetizer and spaghetti were too garlicky and too salty. Our waiter and our wine were excellent."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I can't say enough about the wonderful meal that we had at the Union Square Cafe. We were celebrating my brother-in-law's special birthday and wanted something extra special. We were not disappointed. The food was phenomenal from the first course (I had the Bibb and Red Oak Leaf salad with mustard dressing and Parmesan) to the second course (the Slow Roasted Vermont Lamb) to the various sides we got for the table (especially delicious was the Anson Mills Polenta with Gorgonzola and Walnuts). The wait-staff were perfect, they took care of us without hovering. Our waitress also picked up that it was a birthday celebration so she arrived with my brother-in-law's dessert with happy birthday written in chocolate...... Perfect!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Incredible food, gracious service! Wine was perfect, And my Meyer lemon soda delicious! Spring dish With striped bass, fennel, Farro and citrus salsa Was perfectly balanced and perfectly executed. My friends had pasta dishes that were outstanding! Server was friendly and did not miss a step! Can't wait to go back.....setting the industry standard At Union Cafe!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Visit Union Square Café every time I am in NYC. They are busy all the time; and Sunday brunch was no exception. Had to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time. Food was spectacular; the ricotta gnocchi are like little pillows of deliciousness! Very good service. It's well worth a little waiting for :)"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had a great first meal at Union Square Café. Went there after reading "Setting The Table" and visited NY with the motive of going here. Food was delicious, our server (Danielle) was amazing, and we felt so welcomed and at ease. Highly recommending to all other friends visiting NY!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to thank our attorneys for their excellent work. We chose USC. What a wonderful choice it was. We were seated in a corner booth where we were comfortable and away from the crowd. It was the perfect location! Our servers were knowledgable, relaxed, friendly but never overbearing. We were able to dine and enjoy wonderful champagne and wine over three hours. The food was delicious and beautiful. We can't wait to come back! The lamb chops were the best I've ever tasted!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Saturday night and very busy but the dining room was calm and quiet you wouldn't know they were filled Great food and service. Really nice atmosphere I would go back again and again. Loved it ! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nothing that makes you gush, but just a well run classic."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had such a great experience, I went back the very next day for lunch again. Outstanding food and incredible service will keep bringing me back. Balsamic risotto, french toast and burger were off the charts good. Banana dessert was good but not noteworthy. Looking forward to dining there soon!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been to USC many times, and never been disappointed. How many places can you say that about? It is pleasantly decorated, quiet good taste. Nothing flashy or glitzy. The waitstaff are all friendly and helpful. They do not make an out of towner feel out of place. And the food is outstanding. I generally get the same thing every time, but it is so good and I won't be here again for several months, I just have to satisfy that craving. Pasta app, the chicken paillard with salad, and the banana tart for dessert. Not cheap, but not outrageously expensive."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our server was inattentive, our white wine warm and our salads were drowning in dressing. This was not the experience we expected from such a well regarded restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Try to dine on all my ny trips. Food and service always excellent"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Union Square Cafe has the most reliable staff... Bartenders, Servers, Front desk... And then there's the food!!! Always a cut above, even things not ordered are horizon-widening just to read about. I've been coming here for 15+ years.. Its a special place for special occasions, but it makes an ordinary occasion truly special."
    Dined on 3/27/2014