Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

  • 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.
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Union Square Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
662 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (462)special occasion (351)neighborhood gem (351)great for lunch (223)notable wine list (215)romantic (155)great for brunch (138)hot spot (102)good for groups (94)vibrant bar scene (72)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (15)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • the best food ever
    pcnmacalean13
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The service was wonderful and the food was the best I have ever had. Cant say enough about our experience here. I had heard how good this restaurant was but it exceeded all of my expectations!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous time
    Cesca
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Very enjoyable dining experience for out group of 5. These menu items were absolutely delicious: squash soup, rib eye for 2, roasted chicken, gorgonzola polenta side, lamb braciole, bone marrow mash, and apple cobbler. A bit pricey, but great for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Union Square never fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    It's a shame that after so many years, it's closing shop due to the economics of the neighborhood it helped build. It's been a consistent anchor in the neighborhood, one that has never failed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pecan Pie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Everything was delicious including the squash soup, linguine pie, chocolate pudding cake and tuna burger but the pecan pie alone is worth going back for. We sat in the loft which was much quieter than the main level. Our waitress Francesca was terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great brunch, nice service and above all great food . The Polenta dishes were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Shame
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant Ana as I understand it will close next year due to lease increases. A shame.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be Warned: Service Can Be Neglectful
    AureliusVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I brought my girlfriend here for a special occasion. It was nice, but it feels like more of a family/friends place than a "date place" if that makes sense. Our waiter was quite unpleasant. First, he pressured us to get appetizers even though none of them appealed to my girlfriend, who's a vegetarian ("Well, why don't you get the salad...?"). When we asked his help in choosing wine/cocktails, he would give short, unhelpful replies and say "well, it sounds like you're still deciding, so I'll come back a bit later" -- it took 30 minutes until we actually received our drinks. Lastly, he was downright curt with us once he learned we wouldn't be ordering dessert. One last thing: I was charged extra for getting rocks in my drink... Absurd. Put simply, not a good place for a date, and you may get awful service if you don't order the amount the waiter would like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - good location - spectacular service
    Wclough333VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This restaurant provided good food, excellent ambience and really good service - it was near the Gramercy Park Hotel and the waiter really made it a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome still after all these years
    opentablereviewVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It just keeps getting better since going in the 80s.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always
    jordiw
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This is the best, most welcoming, delicious restaurant in the city. You can go here any time, dressed as you are, and have the best food and the best service you will experience in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for celebration
    Bri22
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We celebrated our wedding aniversary and we had an excellent experience. Perfect food, environment and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Now!
    strenksandor
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This Danny Meyer establishment is another gem that will be on our "to dine" list during our frequent stays in downtown New York. This is causal, fine dining that is not an oxymoron. Go now, as it is rumored that his lease will not be renewed after it expires end of 2015. In the meantime, we will be keeping fingers crossed that a new location will be found and he can reopen Union Square Cafe, even if it's not at Union Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I came here with a friend for the first time the other day. The food was really excellent and was prepared in such a way that you know the chef is a pro. It was not overly fancy, however. Just really good food. We shared an appetizer portion of the butternut squash tortelli in brown butter sauce; I had the roast chicken entrée and my friend had the pork chop entrée. Both were excellent. The roast chicken came with chestnut bread stuffing and that was simply divine. For dessert we had the pumpkin cheesecake and the honeycrisp apple pie/crumb, and again, both were just so good. The service was top notch as well. At the end, the bill wasn't as huge as I was expecting- for one glass of wine each, a shared pasta, two entrees, two desserts and coffee, the total was around $150 (70 each, before tip). I would definitely come back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodienycVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This was my second time in the past month where I've eaten at Union Square cafe, & unfortunately both times lacked in polish and service. It seems the restaurant has gotten comfortable & has forgotten they are a special occasion type spot. Two weeks ago, my favorite squash pasta came out ice cold, & when the dish was returned to me, they included my half bitten ravioli in the re-warmed dish: I thought that lacked class. Why not make the dish over? Then a couple of nights ago, my companion and I ordered 3 courses: the third course of lamb took 30 minutes from the second course. My server seemed to totally forget about me, as I flagged her down and gently reminded her that it had been a long while since the second course was taken away. Though the server was apologetic, I felt the restaurant should have done more. A nice touch would have been a complimentary cookie with our dessert... Something to say, sorry we forgot you, would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why the buzz?
    Cluboid
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Wow - that was a disappointment. Main course of swordfish came breadcrumbed and deep fried, and so overcooked that you wouldn't know if it was a fishfinger or chicken. But you would definitely not have guessed swordfish. Why would you do that? It looked and tasted like the processed chicken you get from the deep freeze section and give to your kids when there's nothing left. And a dessert of cookies and biscuits was seemingly inspired by standing in a line at Starbucks looking at theirs, and executed to much the same level. The best summary came from my wife who commented that the Virgin Atlantic meal the following day showed greater care and flavor. Can't fault the wine list though - wish there had been better food to accompany it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Union Square, my favorite Manhattan restaurant
    Holmes
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    With great service, both informed and unassuming, interesting food, and informal ambiance, USC is my number 1 choice in Manhattan when meeting friends or family, celebrating a birthday at lunchtime with my wife and 2 boys, or just having cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be great. Not so much anymore.
    Lucy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Not the great restaurant it once was, USC now seems to cater to a strictly over 60 crowd and the food was overly salty and unexciting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great food
    sjlmVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a limited menu at lunch b/c of a gas problem but on the phone and upon arrival that was made clear. The cauliflower soup was delicious as was the Brussels sprouts and apple salad. The cookies and biscotti dessert plate was delicious and too much for 2. Wine list is well chosen but overpriced, e.g., a wine I know could buy retail for $18 is $50; $12 for a glass when the retail price for a bottle is $12.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was not a good moment to judge Union Square Cafe, as their gas line had failed and they were forced to serve a VERY LIMITED MENU. We are big fans of Union Square Cafe, but this mishap was disappointing. It does not deter us from returning . . we are more concerned about the future of Union Square Cafe is they are unable to remain in their current space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Amazing food, great service, one of my favorite places, even in the same group, though I love Maialino too. Very sad that it's closing...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love Union Square Cafe
    BeteraVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We've said it before and have never changed our (collective) minds. We love this place. The food is top notch, the friendly service never overwhelming, the venue lovely, cozy and elegant all at the same time. Do go--you won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    amperstine
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Union Square today hasn't changed a bit all these years - still the fantastic restaurant I always want to return to. The service was impeccable, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We had a terrific waiter who was very accomodating to my request to taste the fabulous garlic potatoes.The food was delicious as always. The sunchoke sformata was so interesting and delicious my only regret is that it wasn't bigger. We are sad the restaurant is forced to relocate but looking forward to an equally inviting and warm new home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    travelingdiners
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    we chose this for a celebration and it lived up to expectations--The Lamb was outstanding, our waitress was helpful and friendly--We hope to return soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still On Top
    DeanelderVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I first walked through the door to USC shortly after its opening in, I believe, 1985. My most recent visit was 11/11/14 and I had one of those "first time" experiences all over again. In a town where great or near great restaurants tend to erode in quality and spirit faster than any fading comet, Union Square Cafe gleefully maintains a level of quality that is uniquely its own. Wherever the new Cafe is relocated - I'll be walking through those doors again. And again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    crbaVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My 90 year old father has dined at USC for many years. He often sat at the bar and had lunch, but also dined with his friends in the restaurant for dinner. Due to his age, he no longer gets out much and recently asked that me and my sister bring him there for dinner. I called the restaurant and explained to the hostess my situation she immediately responded and said, "I know your father!" She said she'd take care of everything and she did. Besides giving us the quietest table in the house, which I requested, we received the warmest of welcomes and a fabulous dessert that was personalized with a note to my dad. An exceptional place that truly cares about it's patrons. Bravo USC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was slow
    CCNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I'm not used to the service being so slow, but they were packed and busy and it wasn't terrible. I am so going to miss this place when it closes! The lamb chops were excellent, the Gruyere potatoes amazing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still fabulous
    2todine
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Been coming for years and it is like an old pair of shoes, comfortable and comforting. The food is always perfect as is the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Ricotta Gnocchi ever
    AnniebVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food and service are excellent. The Ricotta Gnocchi is to die for. Pillows of ricotta in a fabulous tomato sauce like you have never had anywhere else. We went on Sunday for brunch and I am still thinking about the gnocchi 5 days later. Excellent hamburger and homemade gelato and sorbet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never been disappointed
    Miodrag1VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    As with every time that I had dined at USC this this time was no different.Excellent service and wonderfully prepared and presented food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no big deal
    SeltzeroneVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    food was just okay - expected to be wowed - just adequate - service was fantastic - nice place to talk - but if you want a food experience - look elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Contiunes to be excellent
    foodforme
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Patrick our waiter was amazing, new the menu very well, wine list too. Food was outstanding, a total treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been to Union Square Cafe many times, and this experience was not as good as prior experiences--food was good not great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite New York City restaurant
    Suzy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We saved our evening at Union Square cafe for the final night our weeks vacation because the restaurant and staff never disappoint. Glad to hear the location may change in 2016 but the all of the best parts of Union Square cafe will continue on at a different location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!
    GreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Union Square cafe is my favorite restaurant in all of NYC!! It never disappoints!! The food and service are always excellent and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The servers take a special interest in their customers and it makes the dining experience all that more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Union Square Cafe great as always
    YeatsSisVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food & the service, everything was first rate, as usual. I had the hamburger for the first time - excellent. And the polenta, from the original menu, still rocks.
    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.
  • Still the Best
    Joan39
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Hearing that Union Square Café was moving, it was imperative to revisit and we definitely were not disappointed! It is still the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect.
    JRow
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Loved having lunch here - the food and service are great. I had their signature tuna burger -perfect! My lunch partner had the appetizer of an egg over easy - she wasn't that hungry but ate it all up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mhk2000
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Great food, served flawlesly - a gem of a restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Ambiance
    RickJax
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food was good to very good, the ambiance was average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • union square cafe
    NYer
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This restaurant continues to be amazing. We went to celebrate a birthday, and because we understand that rising rents in the neighborhood mean the restaurant will have to move or close :( The specialized cocktails were wonderful. The appetizers (sunchoke sformaga, butternut squash pasta) were delicious. The two mains we had (both fish) were also very good, although not quite all the way up to the appetizers. The desserts (especially the filling in the apple crepes) were also very good. I know I share with many New Yorkers the hopes that this restaurant can find another location in the neighborhood and continue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.