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Blue Water Grill - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
5184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 675-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Meenan

  • Neighborhood

    Union Square

  • Cross street

    16th Street

  • 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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Raw Bar

  • Jumbo Shrimp

    • each$6.00
  • Cherrystones

    • Six$10.00
  • Lobster Cocktail

    • Market Price
  • Littlenecks

    • Six$10.00

Oysters

  • Plymouth Rock$3.75

    cape cod bay / ma

    • Umami$3.75

      narragansett bay / ri

      • Montauk Pearl$3.50

        montauk / ny

        • Shigoku$3.95

          bay center / wa

          • Nisqually$3.75

            henderson inlet / wa

            • Kusshi$3.95

              deep deep bay / bc

              • 3 East, 3 West$19.00

                spicy cocktail sauce / mignonette holy schmitt's horseradish

                Main

                • Shellfish Towers

                  • 1-2 Guests$52.00
                  • 2-4 Guests$92.00
                  • 4-6 Guests$146.00
                • Alaskan King Crab Legs

                  1/2 lb, 1 lb

                  • (Market Price)

                Sushi & Sashimi

                per piece

                • Shrimp$3.00

                  • Hamachi$4.00

                    • BBQ Eel$4.00

                      • Tuna$4.00

                        • Uni$8.00

                          • Toro

                            • Market Price
                          • Salmon$3.00

                            • Salmon Roe$4.00

                              • Kampachi$5.00

                                Dressed Sushi

                                two pieces each

                                • Tuna$10.00

                                  avocado / ponzu

                                  • Kampachi$10.00

                                    hot chili / seaweed

                                    • Eel$8.00

                                      grilled pineapple / kojujang

                                      • Salmon$9.00

                                        lime kosho / ginger blossom

                                        • Hamachi$9.00

                                          serrano chile

                                          • Alaskan King Crab$10.00

                                            toban djan / cilantro

                                            • Six Piece Sampler$28.00

                                              Sushi Rolls

                                              • BBQ Eel$12.00

                                                salmon / avocado / wonton / lime kosho

                                                • Spicy Tuna$11.00

                                                  thai chili / sesame

                                                  • Red Hot Roll$14.00

                                                    spicy shrimp / hamachi / tarragon / jalapeño / avocado

                                                    • Miso Chile Lobster Salmon Roll$16.00

                                                      daikon / avocado / oregano / miso chile

                                                      • Union Square$14.00

                                                        crab / hamachi / mango / avocado / yuzu

                                                        • Tempura Monster$14.00

                                                          tuna / sambal aioli

                                                          • Spicy Crab and Tuna Roll$16.00

                                                            mango / avocado / jalapeño / wasabi crème fraîche

                                                            For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                            What 5,184 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            4.4
                                                            4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.4Food
                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                                            • 4.0Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                            1. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 1, 2019

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Was fine been there many times before

                                                            2. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 1, 2019

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We have been going to Blue Water Grill since they opened. The food, the staff, the ambiance is excellent. We always had a wonderful meal whenever we went there. We are so so sorry it closed and we will really miss it! It’s a huge loss for the Union Square area.

                                                            3. SJ

                                                              SofiaJ

                                                              New York Area

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 1, 2019

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              I LOVE this place!!! The food was amazing so healthy and well prepared. My friend and I had a great time and I would love to go back. I ordered the Branzino and I think is a MUST.

                                                            4. m

                                                              msf811

                                                              New York Area

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Holiday meal

                                                            5. RA

                                                              RichardA

                                                              Montreal

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                              overall2food4service3ambience2

                                                              Food, very good. Service, pretty good, although felt more than a little pressure to "eat up and get out". Ambiance was totally ruined by table cleaners/dressers lurking around our table waiting for customers to get up and leave so they could finish work and go home. Given the prices, will not go back.

                                                            6. RC

                                                              RickC

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 28, 2018

                                                              overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                              I live in the area of the Blue Water Grill so I frequent it on occasion. Each time I have done so, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed. The ambiance is wonderful and the service is great, but the food is only "ok". We ordered 3 appetizers. One, the spicy tuna role simply was not good. It was warm and did not taste fresh. The beet and the lobster/shrimp spring rolls were delicious as was the heirloom beets. I ordered the sea bass which though quite tasty was the size of a 2" cube. ..ie a larger appetizer. I expected more for $44. My guest ordered the NY Strip steak which he said was only "ok". It also was $49 and only "ok". The cocktail we ordered were "tolerable" at best. I give them 5 stars for ambiance and service and 2-3 stars for food quality/value. I doubt that I will revisit.

                                                            7. EZ

                                                              ElizabethZ

                                                              Dallas

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 27, 2018

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Food was good except for the Caesar salad with radicchio. Not a great taste, but the server fixed it. We loved the heirloom beets salad, kale salad, sushi rolls, and dumplings. We will be back!!

                                                            8. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 27, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Really enjoyed dinner. Great atmosphere and food well prepared. Loved the sushi and brussel sprouts/kale salad

                                                            9. K

                                                              Kanela69

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 27, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Had great appetizers, the golden sunshine rolls. They have a good selection of wine and creative entrees. Enjoyed the fruits de mer pasta dish which had a nice kick to it. And the roasted scallops crispy pork belly was also delicious.

                                                            10. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 27, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Have not been here in about 10 years but went there for my daughter's birthday. We shared the Kale and grilled brussle sprouts salad as well as the Artic Char Tartare. For Entrees l had the Branzino and she had one of the sushi rolls. We said no dessert but they brought her a scoop of sorbet with a candle anyway which was sweet. Will definetly go again

                                                            11. B

                                                              Brunch

                                                              New York Area

                                                              72 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              72 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 26, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food, service, drinks and atmosphere were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all occasions; you will not be disappointed.

                                                            12. M

                                                              Mimi

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 25, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Christmas Eve Dinner

                                                            13. AM

                                                              AnthonyM

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              1.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 24, 2018

                                                              overall1food5service2ambience2

                                                              We’ve been here a few times and like it. The food is really great. However, this time we were seated under a vent with full AC in winter! It was as cold at our table as it was outside. Despite three requests to address the cold nothing was done. It really ruined the whole dining experience.

                                                            14. c

                                                              caroles

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 24, 2018

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              Really perfect for our situation Christmas Eve with a three-year-old Balcony seating on the end was just great Noise level low Food great Service very friendly and accommodating Only negative was that it was way too hot so they turned on the air conditioning halfway through the meal So nice that we will be back Thank you

                                                            15. RS

                                                              RaymondS

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 24, 2018

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              As a single person I was treated well. Not rushed, Prefixed dinner reasonable priced.

                                                            16. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 24, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The sushi was outstanding. The service was excellent as well ! We always love coming here

                                                            17. AL

                                                              AnneL

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 23, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Waiters were very accommodating and service excellent - not to mention the food which wAs delicious as always...

                                                            18. WN

                                                              WeNo

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 23, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              We had a wonderful time at Blue Water Grill! We were a big group there for a birthday party and we were put on the upper level where they put larger groups. It was a little dark and noisy, but the food, EXCELLENT service, and beautiful decor made up for that. There's a great range of foods and for those in our crowd who had dietary restrictions the restaurant as so accommodating. Would definitely go back.

                                                            19. OP

                                                              OlgaP

                                                              New York Area

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 23, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had a wonderful dinner and terrific server, Dani. She anticipated our every need and made sure we were enjoying our dinner. She was also very pleasant and said she truly enjoyed working for such a great restaurant after we complimented her.

                                                            20. FH

                                                              ForestHillsFoodie1

                                                              Tampa

                                                              20 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              20 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 22, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Consisrently good in every way. Love it for weekend brunch. Anything with seafood is fresh and beautifully prepared

                                                            21. KL

                                                              KevinL

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 22, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The restaurant was very comfortable and the noise level was perfect for our business meal. The food tasted great as well. The grilled rare tuna was very delicious with the creamy quinoa.

                                                            22. JA

                                                              JimA

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 20, 2018

                                                              overall2food5service1ambience4

                                                              This was not my first time dining at Blue Water Grill, but it was by far the worst experience I have had there. Despite having a reservation, our group of three waited over 30 minutes for our table. We were told to wait at the bar and we were given the impression that our table would be ready shortly. Numerous times I sought out the person handling seating because I saw others being seated ahead of us. Once seated our server was prompt in bringing menus and the wine list. We ordered appetizers, wine and our entrees. The appetizers were quickly brought by someone from the kitchen staff. While we were still eating our appetizers, a different kitchen staff brought our entrees and asked us to make room for them. All during this, the only time we saw our server was when she brought the bottle of wine. She clearly had not been trained in wine pouring etiquette. The appetizers and entrees were excellent but when we brought up to our server about the timing of the courses and lack of coordination between servers and kitchen staff, she apologized but did nothing to fix it. At the end of the meal we again expressed our disappointment in the service and asked if there was anything she could do to ameliorate our dissatisfaction. She replied no, at which point we asked to speak to the manager. The manager was attentive, acknowledged our disappointment and apologized for the poor service. She then comped our appetizers. Needless to say, this experience has shaken my confidence in going to or recommending the Blue Water Grill in the future.

                                                            23. TF

                                                              TFrancis

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 18, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food was excellent. Ordered the Largest seafood tower. Not a value but didn't expect one. Very patient staff. My guest was significantly late but "No rush". Enjoyed an excellentPinot Noir during the wait. Would like to see more Kumamoto Oysters on the menu.

                                                            24. JF

                                                              JFOPP

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 17, 2018

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                              I have been coming to the BWG probably as long as u are in business. Rarely to never disappointed but unfortunately the cappuccino machine was broken & the coffee was horrendous. Only suggestion the bus boys are too eager to take your plate!

                                                            25. Z

                                                              Zelly

                                                              New York Area

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 17, 2018

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                              Noise level is so astronomical it spoils everything else.

                                                            26. LS

                                                              LynnS

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                              Great food - went for Sunday brunch. Good service. They had a good menu with plenty of choices. I think it doesn't have to be so bright - could tone down the lighting for a better atmosphere.

                                                            27. SN

                                                              StephanieN

                                                              New England

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                              overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                              Ok food. Poor service. Beautiful space

                                                            28. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing! Amazing food! Amazing service! Amazing ambience! The place was beautfully decorated for the holidays and the desserts were themed to the holidays as well. Our waitress was very attentive and even brought us champagne at the end of our meal to toast our anniversary! All and all a great time! Cant wait to go back!

                                                            29. AC

                                                              AyeletC

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food and service was top notch. Great quality and flavor. The staff knew the menu very well and gave great recommendations. I took my fiance for dinner for his birthday and we had a hard time choosing only a few things from the menu because everything caught our eye! On Saturday nights Metropolis opens downstairs for a Jazz night so after dinner, we went down to the bar/lounge for some drinks. We look forward to coming back for Brunch next time!

                                                            30. LW

                                                              LukeW

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Extremely outstanding, planned a dinner after a proposal and they made all the accommodations I asked for, couldn’t of been a better night!

                                                            31. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 15, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                              Love their lobster bisque

                                                            32. MD

                                                              MDLawlor

                                                              New England

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 15, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Blue Water Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in the USA as well as Canada. The menu for lunch and dinner is superb. The seafood tower is awesome. We had Salmon as the entree. I look forward to my next trip

                                                            33. CN

                                                              CoolNYC

                                                              New York Area

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 14, 2018

                                                              overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                              I wish they improve on the quality of their service. The food was good. Just good. Not out of this world.

                                                            34. m

                                                              mexicali

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 14, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Always outstanding food and service,with no attitudes,and very quiet specially if you book an early time(eg noon for lunch).One of the few restaurants I know where one can converse.Always a great experience.

                                                            35. E

                                                              Ellen

                                                              Pittsburgh

                                                              25 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              25 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 14, 2018

                                                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                              Food was super adequate. If you’re going to have scallops on the menu as a special, then they should be, well, special. Hostess and waitress were very helpful and decor is pretty. But I won’t go back.

                                                            36. B

                                                              Bluefish

                                                              New York Area

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent wine selection and service ! Elegant ambiance ! Tasteful meals ! Wonderful experience in total !

                                                            37. C

                                                              Cindy

                                                              New York Area

                                                              104 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              104 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Birthday celebration! Great food, ambience & waitstaff

                                                            38. HB

                                                              HBBB

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                              overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                              Although we had a great server,the kitchen staff left something to be desired. The food came out raw or cold. I certainly didn't want to eat cold eggs benedict. One member of our party returned their meal and had to wait more than 20 minutes for another, I have been coming to th BWG mfor many years,I will have to think about if I would ever return.

                                                            39. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                              Service was outstanding

                                                            40. ST

                                                              ScottT

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                              overall3food3service1ambience3

                                                              They weren't able to seat us within 30min of our reservation. This didn't seem to be a concern to them while they gave us vague / condescending updates. "If you don't hear from us in ten minutes, wait another ten." It wasn't till we started making a reservation at another restaurant that they found a table for us, which was too small to fit our five-person party.

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                                                            Blue Water Grill - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 5184 OpenTable diners

                                                            Permanently Closed

                                                            This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                            • Cross street

                                                              16th Street

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              Union Square

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
                                                              Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
                                                              Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Seafood, Sushi

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Smart Casual

                                                            • 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.

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive chef

                                                              Chris Meenan

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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