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About Blue Water Grill

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.

31 Union Square West at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm

Cross Street:
16th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 675-9500

Website:
http://www.bluewatergrillnyc.com/

Parking Details:
Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.

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.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Details
Sun 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Tue 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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

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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.

Blue Water Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for a Date (49)
Fit for Foodies (38)
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Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Business Meals (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Casual (20)
Healthy (19)
Fun (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Authentic (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
People Watching (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Music (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 hours ago

Outstanding dinner tonight. Boys loved the oysters. Shared the whole striped bass. Cauliflower and broccoli tasted like candy. Had banana tower and peach pie for dessert. Everything was delicious. Restaurant was packed to the rafters and ambiance was joyful. Thank you Open Table for the reward.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

It was my 3rd time there, I always had very good meals & good service! Blue water grill is always a good choice!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve always had a great meal and a great time with loved ones at Blue Water Grill over the years!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Live Music, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I have dined at the Blue Water Grill many times and the food has always been quite good and the service has been very gracious. This time there were 2 glitches - my order was not taken correctly, and I was brought the wrong entree. I had to wait for the sever to bring the dish I ordered. Then when I ordered coffee, the cup was chipped, which I had to point out to the server. I hope that these were just just flukes. Our party did enjoy our meal and the food was very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

They changed the menu; didn't find what I came to fine on, which was a bowl of different fish types, which was in the menu a month ago.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Vibrant atmosphere, pleasant decorating, good food and wine and service. Convenient location.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

As former New Yorkers, now living in Vermont, lunching at Blue Water is an over 10year tradition. Need we say more

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious!

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

30 minutes waiting before seating!!!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We would definitely go back. Very good fresh food.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant was very crowded as it was a Friday night in the Christmas season. Our table was not available for our 7:15 reservation so we had to wait a bit. The reception seemed a bit overwhelmed. Once we were seated the service was fine and the food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently Great seafood and service. Definitely will be on the list of places to return to

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The setting was very nice and was crowded and energetic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined 7 days ago

Always a great choice. Very good for a business lunch.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very disappointed in the quality of the food. The eggs benedict was served with thick bacon that was inedible, and the eggs were hard, not runny. The same goes for the Croque madame. The torte lunch portion was very small, and the waiter did not know the correct answers to questions about sauces and other menu items. A nice atmosphere but very noisy. We will find another restaurant from now on when we are in the Union Square area.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had short rib rice bowl it was great! The bread was yummy too.
The only draw back was we were seated next to stairs going up to second floor- it’s not great to have feet in your face while you’re eating even though they had a low plexiglass wall. The wall wasn’t enough.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a reservation for 4 at 8pm on Saturday night. We arrived early, and waited at the bar for our table. I had to go back to the hostess three times asking about the status of our table..this was frustrating as we were not a large party that should be difficult to seat. On the third time, I expressed my frustration as we had been waiting in the bar well over an hour past our reservation time. I guess the manager (a very tall lady in a red dress) overheard and stepped in to say our table was being set up now and I should return to the bar. A few minutes later the manager retrieved my party from the bar and said, dripping with sarcasm, "would you LOVELY people follow me?" This was incredibly condescending and rude. We were nothing but patient the entire time we waited and did not deserve this.

When we finally got the table, we found the menu selection to be sparse and overpriced. I got 8 little lobster tortellini for $37. Service at the table was fine and we were comped a few drinks on the bill for our long wait. My main issue is with the hostess and the condescending manager. She ruined the entire experience and I had to apologize to my guests that I had chosen this restaurant. We will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was the worst dining experience. I had taken my mother there for her birthday last night. We had a 745 reservation and arrived 15 minutes early. They instructed us our table would be ready shortly and to sit at the bar. We watched party after party come in and sit down. I checked with the hostess who insisted our table was being set. Then she sat three more parties. 30 minutes later an hour after we arrived we were sat but not without an attitude from the hostess. We ordered around 845 and we were starving. At 930 our waiter, who was very apologetic explained our food ticket had been lost but I food would be out shortly. Food arrived right around 945. Dinner was fine but the treatment of the hostess overshadowed the entire experience. I felt almost depressed for my mother when we left, as it was apparent that a middle class mother and daughter in our jcrew sweaters and Canada goose coats were NOT WELCOME on a Saturday night. Unless you manage a hedge fund or want to be treated like a third class citizen, skip.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Blue Water is a great space in a
Effect location. The food was good, but we felt like we were being rushed the whole time. It really ruins a meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful experience! We had two young children with us for a special holiday dinner with their grandmother, and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate us. The food was delicious, perfectly timed and portioned. Afterwards, we all checked out the live jazz downstairs while the adults finished their wine. Lovely evening!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Sitting upstairs, I was concerned about poor acoustics, however, it worked very well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

$37 for 3 scallops!!!!!!!!! And leafs for vegetables

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It is a beautiful restaurant and the food was great

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We always enjoy this restaurant. We live in the neighborhood which is even better. Love the food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

ChillIan Seabass was a little fishy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

As usual our experience at Blue Water was 'the best!" We got there a little early but were seated promptly. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful. The food and craft drinks were excellent. We always come back to this place when we visit. We have never been disappointed. We have our favorites (sea bass) and sword fish) on the menu but we tried the special for two and it was extraordinary. We highly recommend this spot to everyone for a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our waiter, Ricky was amazing. He was attentive without being overbearing and suggested wonderful pairings. The food, of course was also a standout. The chef clearly takes pride in not just the taste but the overall presentation of the food making for a truly memorable experience. There were lots of diners when we went to eat so the noise level was moderate but not at all at a level where it was disruptive. It has been awhile since I had dined here and it is as good, if not better than I remembered. Order the beet salad - it is playful, inventive and sooo very delicious!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was just ok, not very tasty.
Place needs to be renovated ESPECIALLY THR BATHROOM! Pretty GOSS AND DIRTY!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The setting is elegant, the service was good but the menu didn't have too many options
for me and my companions, even thou the food was well prepared, sauces and side dishes
were not what particularly like.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Blue Water Grill is a lovely restaurant with elegant ambience, first-class food, and warm, attentive service. Perfect for special occasions, every meal there is memorable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My husband & I and our 2 sons stayed in the city overnight. We wanted to have a great dinner in a family friendly environment with sights to see nearby. We were more than pleased with the dinner menu & our food!
Plus we got to shop & enjoy the lights with
all the vendors at Union Square across the street!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food, as always, was outstanding... fresh and tasty with remarkable presentation. Servers were friendly, on par yet the (bus boy) needs to know to ask whether a diner is finished with his/her plate regardless if there is food or not still sitting on the dish. Menu choices tasted even better than they were described! Try the crispy cauliflower (outrageously delicious) and potato/smoked trout, heirloom beets (great selection), all very delicious. Dinner was seared scallops/ tasty, swordfish- excellent, salmon-, farfalle, and chirashi. All notable in their own ways; with accompanying touches of surprise. Dessert- Banana Nutella tower, AWESOME; cheesecake, lemon blueberry pie. One issue, a decaf coffee came warm and when asked for a top off, the waitress had a snarky comment regarding she watched the coffee be prepared... as if we were lying about it arriving lukewarm. THAT made us think second thoughts on the tip but was dismissed since everything else was pretty much fine. OH, except when the special dessert pie was being described, we didn't need to hear it was yesterdays Thanksgiving leftover. But, all in all, food was outstanding. Will return.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

A beautiful restaurant to spend Thanksgiving dinner. Great food, service and ambience. We loved it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We always have Thanksgiving dinner here, and it's wonderful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always fresh and dependable!! Nice atmosphere and good service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Have gone do 14 years. food always good, service has gotten awful. Hosts at surly, neve smile. Wait staff gets increasing incompetent. Manager invisible. No maitre de visible. Was terrific, not planning to return

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I made a reservation for my partner and I to celebrate our 21st anniversary.
When we were first seated, we were at a 2-top in a bank of similar tables. We asked the hostess if there was something more private, and she apologized and said there wasn't. In less than 5 minutes, one of the managers stopped by, and said she understands this is a special occasion and she can move us to a more private table by the window. That was wonderful! We had excellent service all evening, and our food was delicious. We shared the mini-lobster rolls (for a small extra amt., they added a 4th roll, so we each had 2). Our entrees were the flank salmon and bay scallops on a bed of butternut squash with purple fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe. Both entrees were grilled perfectly and were moist.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great location for a group. Great food and specials. Fantastic wine list

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great location, but we found it too be very overpriced. The food was well-prepared, but the portions were ridiculously small.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of our entrees arrived late. Not until the others were almost finished. No compensation was offered other than a free glass of cheap Prosecco Waiter was very sarcastic to the point of being offensive. So although we love the food the experience was so disappointing that we will not dine there again

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