Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.unionsquarecafe.com/
  • Phone: 2122434020
  • 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.
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Union Square Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
670 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (458)special occasion (365)neighborhood gem (348)notable wine list (222)great for lunch (212)romantic (158)great for brunch (139)hot spot (98)good for groups (95)vibrant bar scene (74)late-night find (26)kid-friendly (23)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE
    enjoyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    UNION SQUARE CAFE CONTINUES TO BE OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT. THE FOOD AND SERVICE IS ALWAYS TOP OF THE LINE. THE MENU IS DIVERSE, OFFERING GREAT CHOICES FOR ALL. WE ESPECIALLY ENJOY THE LAMB CHOPS. GREAT SERVICE IS A TRADEMARK OF THIS RESTAURANT. WE SINCERELY HOPE DANNY MEYER WILL FIND A WAY TO CONTINUE THIS ICONIC NEW YORK RESTAURANT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is the third or fourth time I've eaten at Union Square Cafe. The visit was just as expected. My server let me peruse the dessert menu at my request prior to ordering the main dish (had to save room for dessert!) she pointed out a couple nice seasonal items on the dessert menu plus all the other great options. The food was excellent, I was in heaven. The fish was beautifully cooked and seasoned and the fig dessert did not disappoint. I will definitely be back again next time I am in town,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    Rick
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Found the food, service and ambiance to be first-rate, once again. This gem will be missed when it closes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Came during a trip at a friend's recommendation. Food was amazing. My husband and I shared calamari and heirloom tomato salad for apps. Both excellent. I had the soft shell crab as a main. Had I known that both the crab and the calamari were breaded and deep fried, I wouldn't have gone with this combo. But individually, each of these dishes was well-prepared. Honey crisp crepes were delicious. Service very quick and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    AllisonT
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Love the atmosphere of this casual restaurant. Service is friendly and knowledgeable, food is well prepared and familiar, never trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great place for service and food is outstanding. Casual atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've always loved this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It's too bad about the landlord raising the rent so much. This is a landmark New York restaurant, known not only for its food, but its wonderful staff. This lunch was kind of a farewell meal to a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The hospitality at Union Square Café was outstanding, everyone we encountered could not have been more hospitable. The food was outstanding, we had a wonderful time. Loved it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Best food in NYC
    localVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Every item you order will be the best of that dish you ever tasted. Reliable, fabulous food always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sad farewell
    Phil50VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    One of New York's best, it is a victim of its own success. Sky high rents are forcing it to close. If you have never been there, make an effort to visit by year end. Outstanding food and service. A wine list that is unrivaled in its variety and price points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Diner or an upscale restaurant?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    While the experience was as expected (food, service, wine), I was surprised by the casualness of the restaurant clientele. My partner always dresses fashionably and I expected the restaurant to reflect her tastes. I wore a suit and tie. It's one of the reasons I choose USC over many other places in the neighborhood. However, we were seated amongst shorts, Lululemon and ratty jeans and sneakers. The person sitting next to us picked up much of their food with their hands, leaving the silverware practically unused. Not sure this will be the top of my list next time for an important business lunch - or any sort of lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still going strong
    Amnerees
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We booked a lunch reservation here because we'd heard that the place was closing. Well, no such thing. The USC is closing at the present and original location but Danny Meyer is looking for a new location to reopen it. Although most restaurants, including some very hot ones, had openings for lunch, we've been going to the USC on and off on Columbus Day for years. We were given a great table, and the service was fine. There was delay in the service of espressos, and the waiter did not charge us for them (although we did not complain). The food was reliably fine--fresh ingredients, temptingly presented, and really delicious. We've had some attitude problems here at lunch on busy weekdays in the past, but we were very happy this day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continue on Top
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This place has been at or near the top of the critics choices in NYC for a long time. Critics love it, customers love it. Union Square has just the right balance of formal-informal; friendly-stuffy. It seems to exude relaxed confidence and self-efficacy about how to have a customer truly enjoy a night at their restaurant. We have been there every time we can get there from Texas--and last week's meal was as good as always. We didn't see their super lamb chops on the menu, but our server assured us there were a few servings off the menu. They were fabulous- lean but very juicy and flavorful. We know they will be moving in a year or so. Sure hope they settle somewhere we can still visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food; great service
    irene2travel
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. I tried carpaccio for the first time and it was terrific! The main course fish and chicken dishes were excellent. The chocolate dessert was so yummy it was tempting to order a second. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as it used to be
    DiningoutVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The only thing I can say is it's not as good as it used to be. The server was not up to par and when my husband asked him what he thought of a a particular dish, his response was 'I don't think'. Pretty rude if you ask me and unacceptable. Also, they used to scrape the crumbs from the table between dinner and dessert and that didn't happen either. Sad that service has gone down hill especially since this restaurant was my standard that I based all other restaurants on. No more. The apps were the best thing About our meal!
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  • Buzzing place
    Eurovisitor
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very popular without being loud. Nice crowd old and young - and in betweens. Food was tasty - steak and eggs with broccoli rabe on the side. Rare steak was served medium but that was only thing to improve. Great desserts. Staff were great. Very few seats by any natural light.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    DimitriVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I had decided to celebrate our son's being accepted at college, so I made a reservation for Sunday at lunch time. Not only did we have a superb meal, but our waiter was particularly amiable and interesting, not to mention knowledgeable about food and opera. The only disappointment was that our son conveyed to us that he wanted a few more days to make up his mind about where to go next year. Alas, we shall be obliged to return to one of NYC's finest restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular in every way
    BonBriVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I can usually find something to improve. Not this time. Our late night dinner began with the delightful, welcoming and professional personality of our server, Caroline. It continued uphill all night. Food was beautiful and delicious. I devoured the Pate', nearly licking the plate. The lamb chops were memorable (I have NEVER had better); tender and oh so tasty - I highly recommend. Friends had gnocchi and insisted it was the lightest and tastiest they've ever had. Cocktails were prepared with great skill, the wine list lacked nothing and dessert completed the smiles. We will return - there are so many wonderful choices on the menu to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a 5-star experience
    Unionst
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    No matter whether a special occasion if a quick bite at the bar, USC is always the same impeccable experience start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greate and nice place
    JAGR
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderfoul place with excellent service and food, the brounch was amazing, the pork its greare
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    TWolfe
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service is impeccable, the food perfect and the location quirky and well lit. I hope their new spot is as nice. Bitte to our waitress, a true pro anticipating every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always An Excellent Experience
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The Union Square Cafe is always at the top of our list when we want a special place in the City to dine. The food is consistently wonderful, the atmosphere is is always celebratory without being too loud and the service is always professional. However the best part is the very warm welcome that everyone receives from the ladies that check you in and seat you to the manager that stops by to make sure that everything is OK. My wife and I often frequent high-end restaurants in New York City and the Union Square Cafe always shines!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    nandjdon
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We feel so lucky to have been able to eat here. The food was exceptionally good. My husband's fried calamari was the best we have ever had. My shaved brussels sprout salad with pate very nice. My husband cod was perfectly cooked and my braciole of lamb was perfectly cooked.The service was impeccable. my The service was impeccable. We would eat here again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    kumquat
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    `Not a decent table in the entire restaurant, and the noise level is distracting. Very good food and service, but better luck on the new location.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We visited, had drinks, ate what I had hoped for. All was fine. Don
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The salad was a triumph!
    steeddo
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I ordered an heirloom tomato salad as a first course. They were the best tomatoes I have ever (ever!) eaten -- and I grow them!! The beef in the beef carpaccio was tough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • has seen better days
    gayla23
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Went to Union Square the other night before it disappears from the NYC restaurant scene. It was good but not outstanding as it was many years ago. The menu is tired and the food was just average that evening. Things change.......but great memories!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Union Square gem
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Had not been there since I moved out west, but had lunch in the quiet main dining room and service, food and ambiance was better than I remembered. Salads were not too wet. Ravioli was superb. Union Square is lucky to have such a long-lived special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but expected more
    TrufflePigVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our visit was OKAY..... Nothing spectacular, but not terrible either. Our waiter was relatively new but very nice.....the food was just not as interesting or spectacular as anticipated. The seating was also very odd as we were located below a large mural which was lit from above, over lighting the area. This particular area of the restaurant would be better if the lighting was much more subtle and the mural was uplit.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Slips
    MikeDVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    USC continues to provide great dining in a sophisticated and casual setting. However, after three visits this month, there is little doubt that management has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to service; ordinary and inattentive....not to the USC standard.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place!
    JudypitutyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We keep coming back . Food is excellent- anything you get ! Reservations a MUST
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellemt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Lived up to its reputation. Looking forward to going again
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    TobyMcCann
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We come here every time we visit NYC. If you want a great experience & great food, visit USC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Dining at its best
    PatfromDerwood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We travel up to NYC about twice a year and have tried the Union Square a Cafe one time prior. This second visit was even better than the first. My wife and I split a salad and an appetizer size pasta and the staff was happy to divide them for us. Then to the main course and finally a shared dessert. We were seated upstairs (steep steps) but it was open and spacious and we may request up there next time...and there will be a next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta and wine
    Diner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The pasta was exceptional and so was the calamari. The waiter did forget to bring an appetizer. It was rather noisy. We did have a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    food was delicious, wine excellent, bartender made an Old Cuban for my husband (an older recipe brought back). Overall a delightful experience. Hope this restaurant stays in our neighborhood forever!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Excellent Meal
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It is always a delicious experience at Union Square Cafe where the service is impeccable. Can't wait for next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Again and again, USC delivers. The staff is warm and welcoming, the food wonderfully connected to the seasons and the menu always fresh. I can't visit USC enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as always a lovely meal
    justvisiting
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This time it was a business lunch. as usual someone got the ricotta gnocchi the soft shell crab was beautifully done.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ravishing
    RADARVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Very few restaurants can dazzle me, but Union Square Cafe did that and more. The food was excellent but what made my experience even better was my waiter Kevin! What a gem. Attentive and kind and a top notch professional. I made another reservation and specifically asked to be seated in his section. This guy should be a Manager at this place. He is 3 quarters of the charm! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.