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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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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for a Date (57)
Creative Cuisine (48)
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Good for Birthdays (44)
Business Meals (41)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Romantic (36)
Great for Lunch (33)
Good for Groups (27)
Great for Brunch (23)
Casual (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Authentic (19)
Healthy (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Fun (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Cozy (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
People Watching (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Live Music (10)
Happy Hour (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

All food was good for this delayed Valentine's day brunch, service was moderately attentive but not super. All was pleasant and enjoyable UNTIL a visit to the bathroom. It smelled...bad, really bad as If there'd been s sewer backup. So what could have been a really nice experience ended on a smelly note. We'll be back...stuff happens as they say😁

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant is lovely but our experience was lousy. 9:00 on Saturday night with restaurant half full, we were seated at a table close to kitchen. The noise from bus help cleaning up dishes was so distracting and loud, we had to request a different table. We were then moved to table by waiters station. When asked about being seated upstairs, we were told that it was closed, yet there were obviously guests dining there. Beet & cauliflower appetizers, as well as Chilean sea bass were average. Salmon with vegetables was tasteless.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall good experience. Atmosphere is nice, the food is overpriced and small portions.
Good place for drinks and some appetizers..

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant is great. The service was excellent. The food was delicious . The environment was good. Me and my date really enjoyed the place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Consistently good!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and an even better server, hunter was awesome and engaging with my family. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the quality of food and level of service

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Brunch with friends. Gorgeous ambiance. Okay food. Okay service. Expensive for what it is.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great Valentine’s Day dinner here. Service was great and the food was delicious. We chose a couple appetizers off their special Valentine’s Day menu and it was perfectly themed. We would absolutely come here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

For the price, the food left much to be desired. The Chilean sea bass was basically fish in teriyaki sauce. The star of the evening was the lamb lollipops. For a tab of roughly $200, much better food can be had elsewhere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my first time, on Valentine's day none the less which in NYC tends to be a disaster for diners. The food was spectacular, simple and clean. The ambiance is perfect and this is truly a must try when it comes to NYC dining. It is easy to see why they have been open for so long. 5 stars for sure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The absolute best Sea Bass ever...ever. Fine service, good martinis and great wine. What’s not to like with your Valentine of 30 years?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

What a night. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. They had a special menu. A wonderful start with Mumm’s champagne. We had crispy cauliflower with a tahini sauce on the side, crab with pasta in a truffle cream sauce, seared scallops. For dessert a chocolate mouse with coffee gelato and a lemon, blue berry, tart in a graham cracker crust. Everyone was very gracious. Our server, Alina, was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was rich in texture and taste I've ordered the Black sea Bass meal which was good especially the sweet potato ravioli and mushrooms but the only issue was the wait

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Well this was a personal and business lunch. I had the Union Square Roll and my friend, not a seafood buffet had a sausage bowl. Service was very good, but the roll was served without chopsticks, soy sauce and green sauce.This was remedied on request, after asking. Sound level was conducive to conversation. Generally a very good experience, and highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall great experience, if i had to call out something was service was a bit slow, the place wasn’t at capacity so either staffing was limited or kitchen wasn’t turning over food quick enough. Again nit picking but also compared to my previous visits it was very slow. I definitely recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very pleasant atmosphere - not too loud, tables not too close together. I will go back. Even with all those virtues, it's overpriced. But a good place.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Always had great food and service at Bluewater where I dine approx 4-5 times a year . My last meal there was a major disappoint ( and embarrassment as I had sung it’s praises to my visiting friends). I hope this was a one off and not a taste of things to come

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food, excellent service and beautiful room. A winning combination.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Restaurant already known and tried in the past of which I had a great memory, unfortunately, the recent experience really disappointed me, I did not expect to be treated like a fast food rather than a fine restaurant.
Despite having booked, our table was not ready and there was some confusion in the room, so we asked if we could have dinner downstairs where live jazz was scheduled for the evening.
The service was really insufficient, rude and not up to a renowned restaurant in New York: we waited a long time before they came to take the order, the girl was rude and not at all professional, we solicited the wine ordered that he was brought to the table even after the starters had arrived.
Even after finishing dinner but still having the bottle of wine to finish and glasses full, the waiter started to take away everything, including full glasses! To which we asked if we were unwanted customers, since they were throwing us out.
In all this we didn't could enjoy food, the appetizers would have deserved a mention, even if the amount of the fish board were too little for two people, while the salmon and the saint jacques were badly prepared dishes, too soggy the consistency of both with a non-fresh flavor.
Very very disappointed, I will never go back, even because the bill was really high

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

service was awful! I do not plan on ever going again. Also as a "diner" feel. The restaurant is too big and they can't handle the capacity of people.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a hit for great food and service especially with out-of-town friends that you want to impress. Inventive daily specials - fish for two - that wowed the crowd.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Disappointing except for the wine. The simple seafood- fresh oysters were also good. But the hamachi in the roll was not fresh and the chef seems to believe that everything is better with figs. Service was fine as soon as it was evident we were going to run up a bill.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was very average for the price. I think their dishes could use more flavor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Favorite restaurant in the city. Great food always and perfect ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was outstanding and our waiter Julien was wonderful. We went for restaurant week but ended up ordering off the main menu. The Prix fix looked great and could've been very happy ordering from it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was a very pleasant experience. Exceptionally tasty food. Well presented and delicious. My only complaint was the crowded tables (as are most restaurants in NYC). Ambiance was very nice. I am definitely going back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always enjoy Blue Water Grill, one of my husband's favorite restaurants for years!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Restaurant Week lunch offered a good selection. The trout was nicely prepared and salad accompanying the fish was artfully displayed.

Service was attentive and information on the bottle of wine was very helpful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Reservation wasn’t ready so we agreed to be seated in the downstairs jazz room. Food took a long, long time to arrive and was ok when it came but did not meet my high expectations for this restaurant

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

NYC restaurant week menu wasn’t bad, but we all enjoyed our meals

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The downstairs room is really lovely. All of our courses were delicious and generally we had a great experience- the only reason I reduced my rating was because our waiter forgot to set our table / give us items we had ordered (e.g. dinner rolls for the table surroundings tables had but not us, wine I had ordered, or sugar and milk for my boyfriend’s espresso.) I would like to return and dine upstairs next time.

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

I have been to this restaurant many times. The servers are always friendly and informative. Our server, Raul , added a lot of humor to our evening as well . The restaurant is beautiful and the food is always delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

food is good, but too expensive for that little piece of amount... can’t even feed a pigeon.....

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

Did the Restaurant Week lunch menu & it was delicious. Not my first visit, and certainly won't be my last.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

As always a great meal. Blue water grill is consistent and delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This restaurant has declined in recent years. The sushi rolls in particular are poor in quality. I miss the way things used to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Salmon and the scallops were amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent cuisine in a very friendly environment. I've been a regular for many years now.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

A friend and I came here for restaurant week and loved our meal. We were also pleasantly surprised at the portions of the food - so big for a pre fixe menu! We had the sushi to start (6 pieces, so fresh), the trout for an entree (delicious!) and lemon cake for dessert. Highly recommend - we will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I have been going to this place for the past 10 years on and off. It is always reliable, dishes are fresh and they have a system of recognizing the repeat customers. I recommend it. I think they still have jazz brunch but the basement/no window seating sort of lacking sensory stimulation for me so I avoid it. But overall I love it....especially upstairs on the main level and in the summer...before and after arguments at the Appellate Division.... lunch outside...

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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