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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (55)
Fit for Foodies (46)
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Business Meals (43)
Great for Lunch (37)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Romantic (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Casual (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Fun (19)
Healthy (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
People Watching (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Live Music (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Disappointing. The place is not what it used to be once. I am surprised they are still in business

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

the service was good the food was just ok.
we asked to move our table because the carpet in the upstairs dining area was worn and filthy.
I should have taken a photo!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food, we had spicy shrimp sushi, sea bass & salmon, all were delicious! We had great service, will definitely come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Perfect location for lunch with out of town guests. Comfortable table on the mezzanine allowed for good conversation. Lunch menu offered both seafood and other options. Our vegan guest was accommodated with a veggie roll (not on menu). Soup du jour (cream of mushroom) was tasty and they make a great burger. Sevirce was good, but would have liked if iced tea refills were offered and bread brought out sooner. Bonus: Union Square Holiday Market is open right next door.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I have eaten here before in the past and liked it. This time, the food was not good. My fish was poorly seasoned both of the people I ate with felt their salads were mediocre. The saving grace of the meal was the people--our waitress was superb, and the rest of the staff were friendly and helpful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

great service and good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good and even better service. The space is beautiful and dynamic.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved it for my 49th Birthday. I’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was or perfect for meeting with friends whom I hadn't seen for so long.

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was only ok.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Another excellent meal at the Blue Water Grill. Look forward to the next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

excellent food, combined with attentive service, made for an excellent meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Not the most service-oriented experience. After (a) having to send back an undercooked meal, (b) not having the drinks we ordered because of a "union problem," and (c) not having the dessert we wanted, not only didn't the manager offer to cover our coffee or buy us another drink, but they accidentally charged us (then apologized) for the drink we ordered that they *didn't* have. Small touches when it comes to customer service make the difference between good restaurants and ones you don't return to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We celebrated our third anniversary at Blue Water Grill. It was a romantic evening and the food was fabulous!!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Clean and professional Resturant, staff was curdious & attentive. The food was outstanding. We hade the NY strip steak & the Chillain Sea Bass. We started with the beets & figs dish.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was my birthday I️ have been here countless times and it’s always consistent great food and service I️ love BR guest restaurants !!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was quite good, but the waiter was annoying and we were over charged for the wine we ordered.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The waitstaff was excellent in finding a great seating area for us and our two year old grandson.
They brought his food quickly and helped us provide a delicious and healthy lunch for him. We appreciated their thoughtfulness.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a superb restaurant. I’ve been here several times and each time I rave about it

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The foods were not great for my taste and specially with price. I am not coming back any time soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A consistent winner, Blue Water Grill never disappoints. The only reason I chose 4 stars for food is because I ordered the plank salmon, and it was the weirdest meal I ever had. Salmon with a whole bunch of soft cherry tomatoes on top. Not that great. Everything else was PERFECT: swordfish special, the sushi, swordfish skewers, and, salad. Service was superb. Professional, friendly; there exactly when you need them. The restaurant is in a beautiful old bank building. What's better than that? Would go again and again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Blue Water Grill never disappoints!
Wonderful service and great food! Best oyster selection! Ricky, our server was the best! Our anniversary dinner will be very memorable. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Terrible service, overpriced food that was terrible.

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

Worst meal I have had in years and service was poor

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I usually love eating at Blue Water as the food has always been top notch. Not sure if it was an off day but food was mediocre at brunch. Someone should teach the chef how to make a croque madame. Service still perfect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and ambiance excellent. We sat upstairs in a booth that was nice and quiet. The only negative about our experience was our waiter! The worst waiter we have ever had. I would have to describe him as sarcastic - even to the point of being a wise guy. Blue Water Grill - train or oversee your waiters better or you will start to lose business! We will not be going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Consistently impressive - delicious and well prepared meals. Every visit is a treat - excellent service - they're always there at the ready. The food is inventive and beautiful but actually
tastes good!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tapas, Casual, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food, great service and a fun spot for a dinner with coworkers

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Stick with the oysters and the small plates. The larger plates what kind of disappointing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

From the time we were greeted to the last goodbye, everything about our brunch was amazing. Definitely recommend the seafood tower, generous offerings of plenty of shellfish. The sushi is also seriously worth considering even though it is not a Japanese restaurant.

Lastly the staff made the most impression. Our waiter Ricky was attentive, charming, and really great company. The management team is also gracious. Definitely worth every penny!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was wonderful. Had a little problem with our order. My son didn't like what he ordered and they didn't bring us one of our appetizer. Our server resolved these issues very quickly, I was surprised they just exchanged his meal at no charge. The app was at the table in minutes. The food was outstanding. I can't wait to go back. Next time I'll get to the restaurant a little earlier. I want to walk around the neighborhood, looks like fun. If you want a great seafood meal you should try it out.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My friend and I ate out on the terrace. It was a perfect day for that. We had a lovely lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The limited menu was a negative factor but otherwise great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very great food and an entertaining and helpful waiter.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful food, great service and good jazz downstairs

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

we had a surly waiter. My mother commented on the Aperol spritz not being dark enough (meaning, it needed more aperol) and the waiter argued over color and brought the bottle to show my mother instead of just bringing more aperol. He really was arrogant. And the salmon came out raw and had to be put back on the fire. It was also spicy. We have eaten here before and the salmon was excellent and not spicy.

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