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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
  • "Love, love, love this place! Food is fantastic, wait staff very attentive."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The staff could not have been friendlier or more attentive. The food was excellent. I enjoyed a stone fruit salad and wild salmon with a fresh corn polenta. The only disappointing thing was the blueberry pie we had for dessert. Otherwise, go, go, go before it leaves this location."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great food, great service, nice place, nice night there."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I Had The lamb and it was very good . My daughter Had The spaghetti and found it too many spices . The service was really very good"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As usual, USC never fails to provide a unique experience. EVERYTHING works: service, beverages, food, ambience. It doesn't get any better than this NYC...totally without pretension!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Hard to say anything when the the food and staff were near perfect."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Appetizer, Fried pig ears. We did'nt enjoy it. Main Course, Steak and Ricotta Gnochi... Excellent Dessert, Banana tart... Again we did'nt enjoy it. Overall, its one of those places you can skip as there are excellent restaurants in the city where all three courses will be excellent for the same price."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine here Service is delightful and food delicious and unpretentious"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Cant figure out what the fuss is all about; its perfectly ok but no reason to rave i could see. Menu is dull, service lacks the special feeling you get in other Meyer spots, space is tired, etc"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Everyone was accomodating, and very pleasant from the minute we walked in!! The food was delicious!! If I had any complaint at all it would be that we are big eaters and the portions were on the smaller side for us but certainly adequate. The lamb chops were soooo yummy! Just sad they will have to be moving locations next year."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our experience was absolutely incredible. I am a Cornell Hotelie concentrating on F&B who always dreamed of dining at Danny Meyers first restaurant, and it lived up to that dream. My brother, was also blown away due to never receiving such hospitality while dining before. The experience was unreal and absolutely once in a lifetime. So happy I chose Union Square to celebrate!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is an outstanding food establishment. Terrific in all ways - service, food, ambience. Looking forward to our next dinner at Union Square."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "While there are a ton of great restaurants in NYC, there are only a very select few that possess excellence in the key components that make the dining experience a memorable one: service/knowledgeable staff, food & drinks, and ambiance. Union Square Cafe is one of them. I hope that many others will get to enjoy USC before the current location closes due to a greedy landlord."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I have been so looking forward to trying out this neighborhood gem/legend before it closed it's door and while the service was good the food was not. The ravioli was pretty tasteless even though the presentation was pretty. The polenta was way too sweet. The tuna burger tasted like an average burger we could make at home. I was hoping for yummy."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Heirloom tomatoes appetizer and the egg casserole (I forget the name) ... oh my were they tasty. The eggs, piping hot, which I love. Attentive service. Very nice experience overall."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I have dined here several times and loved it. Sunday brunch with our out of town guests was very disappointing. One BLT arrived with no bacon. A second had scorched bread. The solution was a bread plate of extra bacon which was brought out five minutes later. There was a 45-minute wait between clearing the appetizer and delivering our sandwiches. Our waiter was quite nice but frantic, trying to serve too many tables."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Longtime neighborhood residents, we visit once or twice a year for special lunches or dinners. The excellent but unobtrusive service and stellar food are remarkably consistent. A NYC treasure and Union Square icon."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I went the other night for a romantic dinner. We had an amazing meal- the soft shell crab and frascatelli pasta were delicious. We had an issue with the neighboring guests. They were completely obnoxious to the waitstaff and while they added entertainment value, it was entirely uncalled for and did ruin the night. You can't stop people from entering your restaurant, so it is no fault of Union Square Cafe, however the second they sat down and were extremely unpleasant and annoyed with the table they were seated at should have been a sign to stick them in a corner away from anyone. Oddly enough, that's exactly what they wanted too."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our first visit to USC was memorable for tasty food, delicious wine and attentive service. The wait-staff is personable and they tend to your needs without being overbearing. The menu offered intriguing selections; the eggplant soup was magnificent! The many positive things that we had heard about USC were spot-on. We hope to return on our next trip to New York."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Good, very good. Here's where USC missed. And frankly my reason for walking downtown to USC after a matinee Bway show was the NY Times interview with Danny and Michael Kors. 1. Greeted nicely at door, we were early and I let them know it was our first time. The restaurant was slowish and we obediently were led to the back and upstairs - in my opinion not the best seats (I like balconies with a view, ours was the wait station on the first floor)- it would have been nice to have been asked. 2. When we left, passed many USC coworkers, no one acknowledged and thanked us for coming. Normally I wouldn't have cared but I was curious about Danny's "hospitality" comment. Very good food, waiter was a pro, but missed on the hospitality test."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in NYC. I've been there before and always had the same experience. Never disappoints, and never rushed. Friendly, helpful waiters and great food!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was wonderful as usual, but the service was mediocre. That's very unusual for USC. Perhaps they were short staffed. In any case, I would still recommend this restaurant as all the other times I've gone there, it has been a perfect experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I panicked when I heard the Union Square Cafe was closing, so I am relieved to hear they are just moving. And not for a year! The food here is as fabulous as it was when it opened, 30 years ago? And the service is amazing. I hope when and if they move that it will be in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "very interesting food in a very nice setting; attentive wait staff"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Keenan was very helpful and we enjoyed our entire meal."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Plaudits for the hostess and to the kitchen (with a caveat) for accommodating our seating request and for serving us a dessert not listed on the menu. However, the charge for the dessert was way out of line. We didn't have the foresight to ask what it would cost, we nevertheless should have been advised of the price beforehand since the price was not commensurate with the other dessert offerings on the menu. The restaurant while a little dark could be deemed romantic by some. Good wine choices; however, menu selections were limited. While the service was good, we found the manor of the waitress to be somewhat patronizing. This was a return visit after a hiatus. We recall it as being much better in the past."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant. Excellent food, service, atmosphere. We always have a lovely evening when we dine there."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Took my now grown son and niece to Union Square Cafe- food is still fantastic and we had a great table on the second floor, overlooking the bar area. Our server was womderful and didn't rush us although we added a diner to our reservation and had to wait for him to arrive. Union Square deserves its stellar reputation and so happy to see that it hasn't changed in its 30 year history! Will be sad to see it move location in 2015. Hope Danny Meyer and the landlord can still work things out!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My companion and I both wanted a special occasion lunch spot to celebrate summer, our friendship, etc., and when I suggested Union Square Cafe, she jumped at the chance to go. We both wanted to have at least one more meal there before it closes its doors, and it seemed we both wanted to go before that becomes the reason so many others are going as well. We didn't want the experience to be marked by overwhelming sorrow or sadness. And it wasn't. In fact, the sorrow was all ours for having to dash without ordering dessert. We'll surely dine there again, next time sitting at the bar—a favorite spot of my friend's from back when the cafe opened—many more times, I imagine."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we loved everything about this restaurant. The food was so delicious and our waiter took great care of us, as did the rest of the people who work there. It is a top quality dining experience and while note inexpensive, there is value to what is served. We will definitely return and will follow them to wherever their new home turns out to be when this location closes."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I had a late lunch with a close friends (a recent widow) and it was like home: relaxing, unrushed and exquisite. We were able to talk and enjoy ourselves. Our waiter was great (attentive without being a pest). I'm ready to go back for dinner."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Sorry to see this landmark restaurant will close soon"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "As usual, a great dinner except the only table they had for us was in an inferior location."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • " the waitress was insipid and had an attitude. I ordered two appetizers and the fried calamari was poor: overly fried and no flavor , not any better than fast food. My beef carpaccio was very good. the tomato appetizer was only passable. One friend got the swordfish entree which was just ok and the lamb chops came not cooked as asked for and then were only ok. wine which as very good. (the waitress earlier suggested a wine that was a special and then said they would not let us have a taste) The desserts were great; the only high quality food part of the meal. ."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was our third visit and the food has been consistently delcious, innovative without being complicated, and served well. The salmon crudo, marinated anchovies and spaghettini Siciliano were prepared to perfection. We raved about each and scraped our plates. The service was uneven."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Interesting menu well done as usual. Reasonable cost for a very upscale restaurant. Service and ambience excellent"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Union Square Cafe never fails to deliver an outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Still the best service in town and a warm and friendly atmosphere - without being cloying - makes it my favorite of the Danny Meyer places"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I was very surprised by the food. Most of the dishes were very unbalanced. Nothing was very special. Not what I expected from a restaurant great like Danny Meyer."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Read the Philip Galanes article in Sunday's NYT's Style section on Danny Meyer (owner of the Union Square Cafe) and Michael Kors. We are visiting from San Diego, so we made a reservation. The staff was exceedingly friendly and accommodating, food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Our waiter, Rick, was charming and always kind and helpful. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 8/4/2014