Blue Water Grill

4.4
5068 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Blue Water Grill, a Zagat favorite year over year, is a sustainable seafood dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and visitors alike are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space with chandeliers that illuminate the bi-level dining room, and a café perfect for people-watching. The menu highlights the freshest sustainable seafood daily, with innovative craft cocktails. Blue Water Grill is also known for Sunday Brunch overlooking the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm

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Phone number
(212) 675-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Meenan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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Parking details
Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.
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Public transit
L, 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q & W trains to Union Square/14th Street. M14, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M7 buses to Union Square/14th Street.
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Special events & promotions
Blue Water Grill is available for full restaurant buyouts, or partial buyouts in the Upper Mezzanine orthe Bank Vault Room.

For more information about our event spaces, contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

One of Zagat’s Most Popular Restaurants year after year, Blue Water Grill’s Union Square location, classic elegance and two private dining rooms make it extremely desirable for hosting events. Accommodates 20-300 guests. Join us for your next holiday gathering or birthday party.

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Mon - Thu 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 5068 People Are Saying
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We always had an amazing lunch here when in New York. This time we chose to have dinner. It began with our server telling us the specials but ignoring our initial request to know the cost. After our order was placed she never approached our table again. Zero interest. We would have appreciated more wine. Plates were dropped off and cleared as soon as the last bite was finished. Rather than an offer of more bread they cleared the butter. Rather than an offer of more wine they immediately cleared the glasses. The food quality was high although the plates were small and mine arrived lukewarm. Not going back.

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Calgary
251 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality improved since our last visit. Fish was done simply as it should be

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

45 minutes for our order to be taken and our waiter to come to the table. Emailed management, no response. I will never be dinning at this sub par restaurant again! Way too many great restaurants with impeccable service in the area to waste my time on Blue Water Grill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food has gone down and prices have gone up. The swordfish I got was tiny, and hardly any crab meat to speak off. My friend got Kampachi ribs - small potion with half a corn on the cob and some coleslaw for like $36...really?? I won’t be back any time soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food!!!

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G
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. The fried cauliflower is a must. The swordfish special was delicious. Our server was very nice and helpful. Highly recommend.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We wanted to hold a special farewell lunch for our boss. Everyone was very pleased with the service and food. The guest of honor had a great time.

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BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Though expensive, Blue Water Grill is worth the $. It is beautiful, the service is impeccable and they are very good at answering what is a good menu choice. The food was plentiful but not too much. The plating was spectacular. Definitely a special occasion place and not for day-to-day meals. Really liked how they addressed my concerns about having a birthday cake at the meal.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Blue Water Grill used to be great until they reopened after their renovation. We have been going to BWG for years. It was always reliable, with very good food and service, whether for birthdays, business dinners, or just Sunday brunch. However, there is a significant decline in the quality of the food and service since they reopened. Overall, it seems they are trying to cut costs by using cheaper ingredients (eg. the lobster cobb salad is now just a mediocre seafood cobb salad and costs the same. my last main course was grilled bass which was served with large chunks of cut up tomatoes (cold) and large pieces of fried croutons - another mediocre dish where the bread took over the plate and cost $37.) We have been back there a few times after their renovation, hoping they will get back to what they used to be, but we have been underwhelmed each time. It's upsetting to see such a landmark restaurant lose its spark.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Have been coming here for year. The experience gets more and more disappointing on the food quality. Think we will leave this restaurant alone for a long time. What a shame...used to be such good food

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We really like Blue water grill staff is very nice great service great atmosphere
Great ambience will be back thanks

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k
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters are plentiful and many different kinds. Delish. Seafood is all prepared and cooked perfectly. I brought friends here for the first time. They enjoyed the food so much, they enrolled in the Landry rewards program before we walked out the door.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good as well as the service. Our waitress (Ms. Doyle) was attentive and knowledgeable.

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TJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I have been dining at Blue Water Grill since it opened, sadly one of facts of life for many restaurants is their shelf-life. In its heyday, the food, the service and even the frenetic noise were all wonderful! But alas, we all get old and so has Blue Water Grill, the food was okay, just okay and the service was near nonexistent. We asked if an item was available -although it's on the dinner menu- and we were told no (not even I'll check, mind you this was at 2:00 pm and there were ~6 tables with patrons-not that busy!), interestingly on other occasions the staff were most accommodating, and would provide the requested item (in this case an appetizer). I understand it is the prerogative of the restaurant to have rules, consequently we accepted the "no" . To be clear, this less than glowing review has nothing to do with the "no", but more the mediocrity of the food and lethargy of the service, and yet the prices should demand far better than mediocrity. There are well over one hundred other restaurants in the Village,Union Square and flat iron sections of the city, so competition is still fierce, too bad Blue Water Grill doesn't seem to get it anymore.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding dinner and our server, Levyi, couldn’t have been better. Beautiful restaurant and always one of my favorites.

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C
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The last of the three (Blue Water Grill, Union Sq Cafe & Coffeeshop) restaurants that transformed Union Square. A beloved neighborhood gem with fresh well prepared dishes, tasty beverages and a lovely & refined ambiance. Wonderful anytime for any occasion, I always bring friends here the first night they’re in town. It sets the mood.

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my sister to NYC for her first visit and our first stop was to my favourite Sunday brunch place: The Blue Water Grill. She hasn’t stopped talking about it since!
Excellent service and accommodation to allergies was done with no stress!
We will definitely be back again !!!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, but VERY skimpy portions. NYC offers far too much competition for this approach.

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D
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Presentations were vert creative. We had the red snapper for two a d it was delicious. The service was attentive yet not intrusive. We felt that overall the evening was an excellent value.

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FA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The hostesses, despite we were three ladies with an early reservation and for the whole time the restaurant never filled up, wanted to assign us a tight middle table by the kitchen with servers passing on three of our sides. The was no reason why three ladies with an early reservation had to be put into an uncomfortable for an early dinner. It is just their arrogance.

The rest of the service was a 6
Food was a 5
Ambience was an 8

I would recommend to get a drink an appetizer and a drink there to soak up a bit of NY atmosphere, then move on to another restaurant for better food and less arrogance.

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KP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here during restaurant week. Elegant ambiance, fine dining, and the wait staff is not pretentious. Service is extremely friendly, quick and efficient Portions are not overly large. Good is delicious. Mix of cuisine from sushi to Italian seafood pasta, strawberry shortcake desert. All absolutely delicious.

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V
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We sat upstairs- much quieter.

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I had one problem with the service prior opening. We arrived 15mins proir opening, yet were not allowed.
I have been to Greece so I was please to dine again, however: my guest never had the pleasure so I decided to have that experience with him. The food and service was what I expected it to be as well as the service.
I will attend again when I'm back in New York.

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VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited 25 minutes before anyone even came to ask if we wanted a drink. Got the wrong entree. The waitperson was indifferent to her mistakes. The food was just okay. Overpriced - especially for all that mess. We used to dine there from time to time years before. It’s gone down hill. You CANNOT get along on decor alone.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went to enjoy the prix fixe dinner during Restaurant Week. We were surprised to get a 1er cru Volnay instead of a Beaujolais for the same price ($40) as they run out if the latter. Our service was attentive, tho perhaps a bit too fast for the appetizer course. I enjoyed my sushi roll, which was a bit upmarket compared to my wife's crudites with hummus. Her branzino with cauliflower and my mussels were nicely prepared. Chocolate cheesecake and strawberry shortcake were a nice finish. Our table location, sandwiched between the raw bar and the door to the outdoor patio, was a bit off-putting, but gave us a nice view of the dining area. Good spot for the prix fixe, a bit pricy otherwise.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It had been a few years since we were last here. I will not go back. The Jazz room, which we loved, is now only open on weekends. We were told there was a single bathroom to serve both men and women. The food was mediocre at best. The drinks were terrible. The bread was okay. Such a shame since we had such great memories of this restaurant.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great menu and ambiance. Some of the freshest oysters I have had in a while!

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SH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never disappoints. It always feels special. Food is great. I love the atmosphere & the service is always good.

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PM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always excellent and food delicious. Hopefully restaurant will continue to have its doors open.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there to celebrate my engagement and the staff was not only attentive, but also extremely kind and were very happy for us. Everything we ordered was delicious and fresh.

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food reasonably priced

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DD
Philadelphia
166 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and evening at blue water grille were outstanding the swordfish sushi and even the chicken were prepared with excellent and were absolutely delicious great wine list and chocolate mousse was amazing

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Restaurant week, great food. Family occasion and easy to get to. Family lunch. The cocktails were good and the service first rate . Too hot to sit outside

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant week menu and food quality but dicey service. Had to ask for the restaurant week menu separately as well as water.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good.

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RE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food from the ocean plus local farmers' market best, perfectly prepared and beautifully served. Our naturally lovely waitress added to our positive experience.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and food came promptly. Staff was friendly. Lovely decor.

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k
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spectacular offer brought me here today....$1 oysters.....delish. This was a lovely afternoon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Went to brunch for oysters, was served a “bad” oyster. That’s excusable but the mangers attitude was not. Will not rerun.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waiter kept pressing for us to order our entree even after we had said we will have our starters first, once we complete we will place an order for our entree.
Over all the food was delicious, but
I found the waiter to be a little pushy.

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