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Union Square Cafe

4.4
6945 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe has re-opened in its new location on 101 East 19th Street. Founded in 1985, Union Square Cafe was one of the originators of contemporary American cuisine, and remains a destination for warm hospitality and Chef Carmen Quagliata's thoughtfully executed, creative cooking. Union Square Cafe is Danny Meyer’s first restaurant and the birthplace of a generation of widely lauded, award-winning restaurants, as well as the starting point for the careers of many world-renowned chefs.

Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and also earned Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times.

Union Square Cafe is a non-tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.
We look forward to welcoming you soon. Reservations are available at UnionSquareCafe.com/reservation.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of operation
DINNER - Sun-Thurs 5:30PM - 10PM // Fri-Sat 5:30PM - 11PM
LUNCH - Mon-Fri 11:45AM - 2:30PM
BRUNCH - Sat, Sun 11AM - 3PM
PASTRIES, COFFEE AND BRUNCH COCKTAILS - Sat, Sun 10AM - 11AM
INTERIM MENU: Mon-Fri 2:30PM - 5:30PM // Sat, Sun 3:00PM - 5:30PM
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Phone number
(212) 243-4020
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carmen Quagliata
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Ave. and Union Square W.
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Parking details
Public pay parking lot available across the street.
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Public transit
Take the 4, 5, 6, N, R or L subway trains to the 14th Street/Union Square stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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4.4
service
4.1
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

I was there for lunch and our waiter was Rocco. The service was excellent, but more than that his personal attention and when I mentioned a particular wine he brought us a sample. Overall, in every way his help was exemplary. It was a pleasure for my hostess and myself.

When I was home I decided to make a reservation for late in March. I had been told by others that there were no openings, but Laura, who was helping me on the phone, understood my story about having wanting to go there for my birthday with these same people, but the restaurant was not open. And so, after a wait of about five minutes, Laura came back with an available opening for me. She was charming and sincere and of course most helpful.

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vipDaddoo63 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

It's not news that Union Square Cafe is a classic New York restaurant. The neighborhood, and NYC, for that matter, owes it a great deal of gratitude. I will be one of the faithful waiting with bated breath for the return of this wonderful restaurant when it reopens in spring 2016!

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vipPeter (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

Final days before the move to 19th street in the spring. The portions are getting larger than ever (cleaning out the fridge) and the favorites are rapidly falling off the chart. You see calamari at almost every table. I had to have one last USC burger before the closure. I hope the new venue delivers what we have come to rely on here.

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vipBari (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2015

I'm so sorry to see this grand old lady leave. It's always been such a treat to dine there. Hopefully, with the new location will come some new personnel. Danny Meyer has always been known for his well trained help -- from the time of reservation to the end of the meal. This hostess was the worst! Yes, we were a tad early, but were not seated until 45 minutes after our reservation time (even though , upon arrival, she told us that we would be on time). She never kept us informed and seemed annoyed when we asked "how much longer"? The no tipping was not in effect there.
Hopefully, things will again be GREAT with the new USC!

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vipWildcat76 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2015

Fortunately we were in town and able to enjoy lunch at this location the last week they were in this location.
As always the food and service lived up to our expectations.
Looking forward to next time we are in town at the new Union Square Cafe.

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vipJamesM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2015

Had brunch on a Sunday here with group of 4. Food was very good especially the cinnamon buns.

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vipVijay168 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2015

The food is good but not excellent enough to spend $125 for lunch.

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CS5328 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

First time in - Finally made it for a lunch because we couldn't get a dinner reservation ..they were Very busy since they are closing for a move soon . Great meal / very good service .. Just an all around teriffic spot .. I'll love to go back to their new place on 19th St for dinner ..

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vippaprikaj (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

We are regular lunch patrons and thought we would try the Saturday brunch. We were not impressed by the breakfast options and would definitely go back to the lunch choices. We still love the restaurant and are waiting to see its next phase after the move.

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Morty (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2015

Superb service, hospitality. Excellent, creative cuisine. Looking forward to reopening/relocation next spring after about 30 years in present location.

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vipamperstine (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 30, 2015

We wanted to eat here one more time prior to the move, as we love the experience of eating in that space. The servers were helpful and attentive, and the food was wonderful, as always! Looking forward to our next meal in the new space!

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larklavan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

Excellent food--sad that they're being priced out of this location.

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vipEPL212 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

Quite disappointed. We were sat upstairs on a mezz level - remote, baron, eh. We ordered a bottle of champagne which took forever. We asked our server a number of times if it was coming but his only response was, they can't find it. After we asked the 3rd time (20 min later) I had expected him to suggest we order a different bottle but nope, he waited. Finally we ordered another bottle. I ordered oysters. They were very nice but very gritty. Spitting shell residue outweighed the flavor. Then my burger came, I had asked for it to be prepared at a medium temp and it came black/blue. Overall, underwhelming. Absolutely didn't live up to its reputation.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

I ordered the pasta prepared with a parmigiano reggiano sauce and shaved white truffles. The dish was outstanding!! I will go back just to have it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

Good food and service, we are going back next week

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