Impeccable service, great food and beautiful room. 30 years of excellence. Congratulations!
It was My moms 75th birthday and I Took her to the USC. We enjoyed everything we had and she loved her dessert Banana Tart. The service was great also as always!
Sublime, even more this time than all the others. One of the finest meals ever, anywhere. It was the 30th Birthday and even the Great One was in attendance. (Thank you, sir, for redefining fine dining, and hamburger stands.) I will miss 16th street after December 12 - but let us move onward to new culinary heights a few clocks north. Can't wait!
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and it is ideal for business lunches. I am going to miss this location but I hear the new one is even better. So I am exciting to see what they are going to do in their new place. Food is excellent and service is perfect. Long live the Union Square Café. No matter where you go, fans like me shall follow.
Union Square Cafe continues to be my favourite New York restaurant - any reason will suffice,
never less than terrific.
Union Square Cafe remains a NYC classic. A friend and I had lunch there on Monday. We have lunched there together many times over the years. This was a belated birthday celebration and, since USC will be moving from their location of many years and will be closed for about six months before they re-open in their new locale, I decided that it was fitting to celebrate here. We dined simply- just a glass of champagne to toast our friendship and USC, and an entree each. I ordered the cod with octopus, etc. and my friend ordered the chicken Milanese. Both were delicious as always. I just about licked my plate!
My wife and I took our niece and her mum on a recent 5 night stay to New York City. We checked out several restaurants, and decided that one to visit was Union Square Cafe. It was a good taxi ride from our hotel (The Peninsula on 5th Avenue W55 street) but undeterred we arranged to go there for an evening meal.
Arriving around 30 minutes early, we were told (quite rightly) that our table would not be ready until closer to our reservation time . As such we were invited to have cocktails at the bar, which we did. The bar area was quite vibrant with a number of people similarly having pre meal drinks.
At circa 8.20pm we were told our table was ready and taken downstairs to the main restaurant area. The restaurant was 'buzzing' but not over crowded, and certainly not so noisy that you could not hold conversation. Food was ordered (various starters and main courses). Various meat and fish dishes came, all well prepared and good on the eye. A full wine list was offered from which we selected a quite reasonably priced Spanish red.
The quality of food and service coupled with the very reasonable bill at the end, made the visit to Union Square Cafe our most memorable for this recent trip. We ate in, more 'up market' restaurants during our trip, but on a $ for $ basis, this was by far and away the best restaurant we visited. The staff were excellent, the food quality very good, the wine list more than adequate - which made our experience much more enjoyable. Unlike other restaurants we visited where they seemed over priced and at times far too over crowded.
As Massachusetts residents, we paid a last, nostalgia-soaked visit to USC at its current, original location. Looking forward to its rebirth in 2016, most likely including Danny Meyer's new hospitality-included, no-tipping policy. Today, the USC is a reliable pillar of the New American food movement. The menu is no longer all that innovative, but everything is executed beautifully, and the staff is superb. Yes, the room does not look like the latest hot spots, but it has great warmth and will be missed. Prices are very reasonable, and the wine list is full of finds at all price points.
Staff so gracious and understanding.Food quality has gone down
The raves I had heard about the Union Square Cafe turned out to be largely true as my wife and I hosted a small brunch there on Oct. 18th. The service was attentive and friendly, and the selection of entrees was very creative. Only downside I experienced was that the sausage patties that came with my pancakes were underdone, and could have used another few minutes on the stove. Other than that, the food was wonderful.
The burger was very good. May be one of the best in NYC.
The pastas were just ok.
The crudo tasted a bit too briny.
Service was very good.
Every time I go to NYC, I try to visit a Danny Meyer restaurant and this time I visited his first. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. Although the restaurant is moving I don't know how that will affect the quality. Overall, it was outstanding.
This restaurant is ALWAYS very good...in ALL ways!!!
My wife and I have been going to USC for 25 years. It is a genuinely wonderful restaurant, and Danny Meyer deserves all the respect and gratitude in the world for his positive impact on dining in NYC, which was pretty ghastly a quarter-century ago. My only regret about my meal last Friday was ordering the swordfish, which was easily three or four days past its eat-by date. This was surprising and very unusual for USC, the more so given that I specifically asked our server "What are you hearing about the swordfish tonight?" and was told "People are loving it."
Of course, I suppose the people she was referring to may have been from Jersey or (even worse) Connecticut.
The food is always outstanding, from the delicious bread on the table to the best tasting cookies at the end of the meal. The rack of lamb is perfection as well as the salmon. I look forward to dining in their new location.
My very first time at Union Square Cafe- Everything met my expectations and then some- sorry it took me so long to get here and can't wait to go back-
As always, a wonderful dining experience. I'm glad I got to dine here one more time before they move. Looking forward to trying the new space next year.
We loved the restaurant 20 years ago so decided to go back for our 25th wedding anniversary. Service great but food was cold - mashed potato, broccoli and sauce for pasta. They brought fresh servings which were also cold. Unforgivable in such a foodie place. Our waitress, the manager and sommelier were all great at apologizing, giving us complimentary wine and taking things off the bill. So top marks for front of house effort. Unfortunately, it couldn't change our experience of the food.
The food was superb, the ambiance of the place is wonderful. I just hope it can be recreated at the new venue. Our server, Patrick, was attentive without hovering and deserves special commendations for his work.
Union Square always does a great job with both providing relaxed but excellent service and in providing outstanding food. After tromping around most lower Manhatten for three hours I was tired and cranky when I walked in the door. One gin and tonic and a delightful serving of carpaccio later I was in an excellent mood! My dining companions were also delighted with their choices of excellent oysters with delicious toppings, gnocchi, and seafood brodetto. A bit cramped (I know most of the secrets of the couple sitting behind) but the service is prompt and courteous. Looking forward to the same in their new location come next year!
Yummy food classic spit
We Really enjoyed our experience at USC, we had a very diversified cheese platter with jam, honey and spice jam. We had a perfect fried calamari for start. And our meal of cod and lamb chops were delicious! Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. Greta lunch we had
Great, high quality neighborhood spot. Terrific, friendly service. Sorry they'll be leaving the area soon.
Very slow place, probably why I saw mostly seniors in the dinning room. We went there for a lunch and ended up with a beer and half dozen oysters in 50 minutes, no main dishes served at all. Called the check when we were almost late for work, and here came the MOD (I assumed), almost blaming us for not letting them know that we need to get the food in 50 minutes and now trying to give them a hard time. Oh boy, you expecting us to get a French dinner for 3 hours? He then pushed to sell us those food as take away at full price. Fine, because we are the ones who causing problems here. Later he brought out the bill and took main courses off the total, too late, I'm not getting free food you doled after blaming us. Refused the food and hoped he enjoyed it himself.
We have been visiting New York City for many, many years. Early on, we discovered Union Square Café quite by accident. We were walk-ins then, so we ended up at the bar for lunch. The bartender was delightful and for several ensuing visits, we chose to eat there. Then we began to bring other couples to our frequent city visits and moved to the dining rooms. Most recently, I brought my daughter and granddaughter with me. We enjoyed a delightful three-generation lunch and all shared in the French Fries on my granddaughter's hamburger plate. My gnocchi was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I am excited about their upcoming move to a larger location, but I hope it keeps its delightful neighborhood charm.
This was our last meal before leaving the city, and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a conversation with our server (Kerry D) telling her about our visit, and she gave us a "Surprise and Delight" with an order of calamari, to help us have the PERFECT MEAL. Thanks for spoiling us, we will definately be back next time we are in the city.
We have eaten at Union Square Café since it opened. The food was reliably very good, as was the service. This time we were sadly disappointed. The pork chop (previously great) was indifferent. The gnocchi was rock-like and the sauce lacked any subtlety. The pecan pie was very good, although we did not finish an of the other deserts we ordered. Perhaps, it's due to the eminent closure.
Great service, gnocchi melt in your mouth
Always consistent with Great Food and Service.
I forgot to mention the best MOSCOW MULES in the city!!
The food was ok. However, our waitress was a bit intense. She interrupted our conversations and was trying to tell us all the time how good the food was and that we were enjoying it. We ordered a fruit plate which came with 5 pieces of bananas, a few berries and that was it. If it is a time when fruit is not good they should not offer the fruit plate. It was expensive and very bad.
Recently visited for an anniversary dinner and had very briefly mentioned in my reservation on OpenTable that was the reason for dinner. I didn't say anything when we checked in that night and frankly I forgot I even had.
With most restaurants that note would have gone completely unnoticed. But USQ Cafe is NOT most restaurants. When dessert came out, the plate had been fully customized with an anniversary message that surprised both of us!
A beautiful example of how seriously Danny Meyer's restaurants take their commitment to hospitality!
Always loved Union Square. Beautiful food, relaxed and efficient service, nice selection of wines.
So sorry that Union Square will be closing and moving to a new location. It is an institution in the neighborhood.
thanks to Union Square Cafe, the area is a foodie enclave.
Came for lunch for my father's birthday last Friday. Wanted to visit this location before they move a few blocks away. I was very disappointed by the meal and service. Took 15 minutes to get a glass of water and 20 more minutes to order the meal. Our server swept the crumbs off the table into my lap instead of the plate in his hand. I tried the tuna burger. It was tasteless and topped with so much ginger and glaze that the bread turned into mush. I had very high expectations and I am disappointed. I will not be back.
went for lunch this time. just as good as dinner. tasty food, great service.
As usual, great experience. The only negative things we found on October was a rather limited entree selection. For appetizers, the heirloom tomato salad, the bib lettuce salad, and the fried calamari were outstanding. I had the swordfish entree and thought that the fish was perfectly prepared, but I did not care for the side dishes. The menu should have stated that the side dishes were served cold.
The soup was excellent, the burger nothing special. Get something else.
Every bite was sophisticated well curated, but the experience was one of heart dining. I wanted everything on the menu!
Top end price range, particularly wine, but well worth it.
Never had a bad meal here in 15 years. Wonderful at accommodating food allergies
We've been coming to USC for nearly 20 years and we'll keep on coming after USC moves to new digs. We come because it is simply the best. We love the consistently friendly welcome and we know immediately we're in good hands, whether we're dining at the bar or at a table. Every staff member is warm, pleasant and professional. The food is always outstanding.