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
660 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (406)special occasion (350)neighborhood gem (305)great for lunch (217)notable wine list (196)great for brunch (148)romantic (140)good for groups (91)hot spot (83)vibrant bar scene (73)kid-friendly (20)late-night find (19)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Fun time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fun time, great service that was present, knowledgable, not over bearing and funny while staying professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really sorry to see this close
    Roadrunner2VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Union Square Cafe is an old friend that I really wish wasn't closing. Everything is always right on point - great food, good wine list, friendly and efficient service, always a happy buzz. Go there before it's too late!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return visit
    spicebalance
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had not been to USC for a number of years so had forgotten what a great job they do. Delicious food (had the grilled octopus followed by the lamb chops) and attentive service. Only disappointment was the wine which did not measure up to its price by a country mile. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall it was a great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Steak was slightly overcooked. but tasty nonetheless. Will be back when possible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary by coming to a great place. The food was very tasty and the service was excellent. We would recommend the restaurant unconditionally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep going back!
    Dlee59VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    After all these years this is still my go to restaurant. The food, service and hospitality is unsurpassed. The menu is always evolving but my favorites are still available. The wine list and dessert menu continually introduce my palate to new things. I love entertaining here as well. Clients always walk Away eager to return. It's simply the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Kris
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Union square cafe has been an amazing experience for myself and my parents, who were visiting from San Diego. I wanted to treat them to an esquisite meal on their last day in NYC, and USC did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was mouth-watering, from the cocktails to the dessert. The octopus appetizer was a hit along with the lamb, steak, and truffle pasta entrees, all prepared to perfection. This was a meal they will truly remember as a highlight of their trip to NYC. Service was impeccable; friendly and professional. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was visiting New York with a friend and we were recommended this restaurant. I can say it corresponded to all of my expectations. Very nice staff, friendly environment and delicious food. I certainly will recommend it to my friends visiting NYC and intend to go back there next time I visit the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect breakfast and brunch
    RabYVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    very good food, the service is excellent, the best place for brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Does not disappoint
    keitht
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to NYC to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday and made Union Square Cafe the site of our celebration dinner. What a perfect choice. They seated us in the balcony, which was perfect. Had an amazing waiter, wish I could remember his name. The food was absolutely amazing from appetizers all the way to dessert. Just a spectacular meal in a spectacular restaurant. One of NYC's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were given a breadbasket after 30 minutes of sitting there and we had to ask for it twice. Coffee took forever and our waiter forgot about a side dish we ordered. They need to improve on the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an old favorite
    RelentlessVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have known and loved this place since it first opened, best owner, staff, food, bar scene; not pretentious, best pasta EVER, great desserts, service, go here rather than newer hip pretentious places, but so sad it will move...This is even better than Danny's other USHG places, and if you can't get in go to Paris or Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our first visit to Union Square cafe. We had a great experience, our only criticism would be we found the pacing of the courses to be a bit too quick. We were sat at our table around 9pm and thought we would have a nice leisurely meal. The courses came out much too close together despite trying to explain to our waitress we'd like some time before our mains (only 5min later our mains arrived). There were only 3 tables left in our section at this point. We held off on ordering our dessert so we could digest our food. Everything else was great we just felt kind of rushed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as was a few years ago
    Dreamer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It may be that "less crowded" is "better" but it shouldn't be so. Service was disorganized and although courteous, not up to the standard one would expect from an establishment of this caliber. Food quality was erratic; some dishes were very good indeed but some others were disappointing. In general, not up to the standard of a few years ago.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    NYskier
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of the NYC classics. Sorry to see that they will close in 17 months. Hopefully they will re-open in another neighborhood. It is a great place with outstanding, fresh food, some of it from the Greenmarket across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Union Square Cafe is perfect
    Ellimac22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What more can I say about this remarkably consistent and cherished gem of a restaurant in Union Square? Let's start with the waitstaff -- perfectly respectful and attentive without being intrusive. The lamb chops are a favorite -- always grilled to perfection and moist and flavorful. The potatoes au gratin and Swiss chard are the perfect companions to the lamb. The swordfish was succulent and fresh with a mélange of vegetables that was delectable. A blueberry crumb pie with oatmeal cookie crust and corn ice cream topped it all off! Perfection! This restaurant has been an "original" in this area of the city and it never disappoints. I'd dine here every day if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Sad!
    BariVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    For the past 30 years it's been a favorite of mine; it's just a pity that the greedy developers have made it necessary for this wonderful restaurant to close. Shame on them!!!!!!!! I do hope we see Union Square Cafe soon again at a new location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful lunch - NYC Classic!
    TBM1213
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've enjoyed countless meals at the Union Square Cafe over the years, and every one of them has been a special, memorable occasion. Lunch earlier this week at USC was no exception. The soft-shell crab was delicious, and my friend enjoyed pasta with Australian black truffles. Yum! Thanks to this wonderful staff & the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Gretabeck
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The BLT with arugula on sourdough bread was amazing. The tuna burger was just okay. Great atmosphere though and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 stars
    Hoang
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went here for a late night birthday dinner with friends. I order the scallop crudo which was good. then the spaghettino with swordfish meatballs- omg this was the most amazing dish! i highly recommend it. I then got the steak which was disappointing. The marrow mash was delicious but my steak was extremely salty. My friend got the lamb which was unbelievably tender and cooked perfectly. I wouldve give the place higher stars had my steak not been salty. The service was good. Cute place, wish the interior was more decorated or something but thats a personal taste. Overall i would come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Just great, as always. Lovely ambiance, superb delicious food. It will be a significant loss to the neighborhood when this restaurant moves to a new location. They went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner special. We didn't order any dessert and they surprised us with a take away little gift, a box of assorted delicious cookies, 1 brownie, and 1 blondie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointing
    notoutallthetimeVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We visited Union Square Cafe three weeks ago with friend, but returned for a special dinner just as a couple this week. I do not view us as foodies, but we appreciate a nice meal and chance to talk. We actually ordered four appetizers, to come two at a time and a pasta to come after that (with dessert to follow). Our waiter timed it perfectly. We ordered a bottle of Chablis, which the Sommelier figured out was not cooled enough (which I attest to). So they comp'ed us two glasses of Chablis while it chilled. Impeccable service. Great food and ambiance. Not inexpensive, but reasonable for the value. One of New York's treasures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and waiter service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had an excellent waiter (name escapes me) that had recommendations that were spot on for both food and wine. Even got the ingredients of the very tasty bread dip (chef called it "duqqa") when we asked. Main dish (salmon) took a little long to arrive. Also, we were seated at first at a table right near a restroom, when the entire section was empty at 5:45PM. Otherwise, fantastic experience. Sad to see this neighoborhood gem leaving soon due to losing its lease.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acclaimed
    famgal
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    USC is the perfect place to catch up at lunch with younger family members who appreciate quality dishes well-prepared. Service is always attentive, never obsequious. Salmon burgers, lamb chop and heirloom tomato salad - irresistible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    BAMdiner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Meals at Union Square Cafe are always a special treat. I highly recommend the lamb chops. The wait staff here is always friendly and makes you feel welcome. Just one complaint this time: The air-conditioning was turned up too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So lovely for so long a time
    GirasoleVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Recently we had lunch at USC. It is a special occasion place for us, and has been for over 20 years. This lunch was just for us, to soothe during a hard time, and it was perfect in every possible way. Corn soup (how could anything so simple be so delicious?) the best hamburger in NYC (or possibly the world), raspberry-thyme sorbet, and iced matcha (!) I love matcha, and how delightful to find it there, well-made. And our server paid attention to my allergies without making a fuss or a difficulty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Darren
    DFCinNYC
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The BLT was creative and delicious. We had group of 6 for business lunch and wanted to try it before it's closure at year end.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipped quite a bit
    ReluctantVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had lunch. The restaurant slipped quite a bit. Presentation was better than food and Service was a step slow, not quite worthy of the legendary name.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodfreak
    foodfreak
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love, love, love this place! Food is fantastic, wait staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoying a standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night at Union Square Cafe
    Eduardo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, great service, nice place, nice night there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food very good service
    Tareja
    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
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • USC ALWAYS SUPERLATIVE
    Alexis2
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow, a great meal!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Hard to say anything when the the food and staff were near perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    srm8VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
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  • Always a pleasure
    JessVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine here Service is delightful and food delicious and unpretentious
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • TravelerVIP
    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
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  • Excellent!
    hockeymom
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleseantly Suprised
    Myopinion
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was Awesome. The server was right on par with the quality of the meal. Nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brothers 26th Birthday
    Bevhead2292
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.