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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Good for a Date (46)
Creative Cuisine (39)
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Good for Birthdays (39)
Great for Lunch (35)
Business Meals (33)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Groups (26)
Romantic (25)
Great for Brunch (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Healthy (19)
Casual (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Fun (17)
Authentic (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
People Watching (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Cozy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Seasonal (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Live Music (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

It is several years since I was there, and I found it excellent, and the food even better than I remembered. Can' wait to dine there again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Have been dying to try Blue Water Grill after passing it frequently in Union Square. Did not disappoint! Something for everyone (both sushi and cooked fish), great atmosphere, and lovely decor. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, wonderful attentive service, and lovely ambiance at Blue Water Grill!
We love this restaurant, whether it be for a special occasion or just a nice enjoyable evening out!

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food. Sushi was very very fresh too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The vegetable salad was average; however, the Grilled Arctic Char was excellent. The ambience is wonderful but the noise level was very loud.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My wine was taken before I finished it, and after asking for another one had to wait 15 minutes. Service was not great. They do not like you to swap out the sides (vegetables for potato for instance) and they forgot special requests. The ambiance is nice but the service not great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Meal with my son was terrific in all respects.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The price of the food is much higher than it was before the renovation but the quality has not improved to justify the hike.
Our server never came to check on whether or not we liked the food. When we asked for salt for a bland, expensive, sea bass - we had to ask three different times and our server was nowhere to be found. We ordered sea bass (medium rare) for over $40 and it was overcooked and dry. The server never stopped to ask and was not attentive at all - unacceptable for such an expensive restaurant.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have been coming to Blue Water Grill for many years now and my experience on New Year's Day was very disappointing! I had family visiting from overseas and I thought that it would be the ideal place to have a family celebration, but unfortunately this time around BWG didn't do what they do best - serve great food! The Brunch Menu was limited and the service was extremely slow. When the food eventually came to the table it was cold! We had to return the food to the kitchen to reheat and that took forever!! My guests were not impressed and I felt embarrassed that this happened. The food in general was not up to the usual standard! The ambience was mellow and the noise level moderate. All in all our dining experience was not the "best in show" from BWG

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have come for dinners many times and most recently, New Year's Eve. Best put together menu for the occasion. The foods just seem tasted even better than before.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year's eve dinner in the most beautifully decorated atmosphere. Waiters were fabulous and food was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. We had a party of 8 and everyone raved about their meals. The overall experience was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was really fresh and delicious. Chopped vegetable salad was on point, and wood plank salmon cooked to perfection. My guy had the signature lobster bisque and the seafood Cobb salad. A little odd that our waitress didn't mention there was bacon in the salad when we asked what was in it, especially since my guy specifically asked whether there was any meat in the bisque as he doesn't eat land creatures. Ah well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is good, the place is lively as it has ever been, but the food is the same as before. If anything, it is more of the same with dishes that you can find in other places.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I ordered the scallops. They were not very tasty. The service was overattentive and often intrusive, and our waiter seemed to be trying out for a voice over commercial. The espresso we ordered was awful, really some of the worst I've ever had. We asked for another round, and it was just as bad. For a restaurant which prides itself on fish, on service and at the prices it charges, it was pretty dismal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Locale veramente bello, stile. Buon servizio e cucina di pesce ottima. Non tutti i tavoli sono in buona posizione, per questo la loro avvertenza, vicino all’entrata e alla vetrata sono esposti al freddo.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ice cold in every way !

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

All around great experience. Staff was very accommodating and the food delicious.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Just a great place to eat dinner while in NYC. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very disappointed. After years of going there, I can say that Blue Water Grill is now only a shadow of its former self. At my recent lunch, the menu was quite sparse—no fish offerings, hello it’s a seafood restaurant!—and the food just so-so. The lobster roll hardly had any lobster in it, the seafood Cobb was full of mayonnaise and not too seafood-y, the raw bar though was OK. The one rosé wine bottle on the menu was not available, except by the glass, and then again only one serving left. Service was minimally acceptable. The place is moribund. Don’t go.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have been to the Blue Water Grill many times over the years and that is why my rating is as high as it is, and have been to the Blue Water Grill many times over the years and that is why my rating is as high as it is, and it wasn’t good this time. Reason - the lobster tortellini was not up to the standard of Blue Water Grill.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I've been to Blue Water Grill before, years ago and remembered it fondly. Unfortunately this visit fell a little short and I doubt I would go back. The food was good but the seating upstairs with the low ceilings and scarce service are definitely not up to the price point. Our food was good and the waiter was very nice but not attentive. I think he had tables upstairs and downstairs - not fair to us. We sat with empty glasses most of the meal and our fish for two came with no plates to share and no one around to flag down to ask for them. We had eaten half of it before we saw our waiter to ask for plates. Each sushi dish we ordered came with no chopsticks we again had to wait and wait to get them. We all ended up feeling like outcasts and were happy just to get our check and get out of there.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great seafood, attentive service and enjoyable ambience. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I've been coming here for years , seemed like a perfect place to share Christmas Eve supper with a friend.
Upon checking in we were promptly taken down stairs to the lounge. I told the hostess we had not requested this, she ignored the implication that I preferred upstairs. Unless you are going for a specific show it's quite dreadful down there...loud, low clauatrobic ceilings, very plain decor, no windows or light, as the main dining room is a magnificent white marble former bank with lots of windows & 20' ceilings. Our server was as dreary as the bsmt, not very attentive but he did know his fare. The oysters & fish special he recommended were spot on, fresh, well prepared & presented. Desert was lack luster at best. Prices are justified for area & quality of food, service needs to up their game.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We waited 15 minutes before anyone even approached our table. When the waitress finally appeared she didn’t ask us if we wanted drinks, simply asked what we’d Like to eat. I asked for coffee with my meal, she didn’t ask whether or not I’d like milk or cream. A black coffee came, I asked I’ve eaten in this restaurant two months prior & had a wonderful time so I had high hopes going in. But this experience was a disaster, I was entertaining friends from London and had raved about the restaurant. They were terribly disappointed in how they were treated by the waitress and I had to agree. I will never eat there again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Hadn't been to Blue Water Grill in ages but went back recently. Had an amazing meal. It's always a little loud and busy, but the food is consistently excellent. Kitchen staff is knowledgeable about allergy options

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was good but not exceptional. For lunch, they wouldn’t seat us without full party(only 3).This is not customer friendly and given that table was ready it was an inconvenience to stand in entry way. They should change their policy.
Service at the table was good but not exceptional. Typically NY expensive restaurant. They can do better and have done better in past.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The menu, service and service were very good. I often dine at Blue Water Grill for dinner which is always very good. This time it was for a business lunch which was equally good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Girls group enjoyed a fabulous meal and drinks. This is my second trip to Nluewater Grille and I was not disappointed! The service was good and food excellent It is not a quiet venue, but you can ha e casual conversation

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I’ve been coming to this restaurant for 17 years. Seems like the prices have gone up, food quality is still good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The extraordinarily loud cheering (shouting, table pounding) from the bar because football was on the tv definitely detracted from the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Christmas brunch

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing food in a fabulous atmosphere with fantastic service. What more could you ask for? The scallops were to die for and the mini lobster rolls were equally delicious. The holiday environment made it all the more special. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a wonderful meal. Our server was delightful, very witty and fun. Drinks were great, food was tasty and as described. The rolls were delicious and we had three different fish entrees and everyone loved them.
Our table was ready for us, we were seated in a booth with an overhead view of the restaurant. We will be back.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

To me one of the most solid, consistent and great value restaurants in NYC. seafood is always fresh and creatively prepared. The service is first class, and the rooms sophisticated. On this visit we dined in the lower level jazz room which is one of my favorites.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Ginger soy glazed sea bass is one of my all time favorite things to eat. BWG does it better than most.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A go to destination for me

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The atmosphere and food make this place worth eating at. Order some type of seafood(it’s what they’re known for. The lobster and scallops are to die for. Try the ice wine for dessert, its fabulous!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was excellent. The Atmosphere was soothing. My only complaint is that there should have been more quantity in the Entree I ordered. More Fish would have been better.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed the experience very much. Ivan our waiter was very attentive and the service was quick.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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