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Union Square Cafe

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  • American (New), Local/Organic, Mediterranean
  • 21 E 16th St, New York NY10003 40.736857 -73.991565
  • (Btwn 5th Ave & Union Square W)
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  • (212) 243-4020
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User Ratings (Based on 90 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 3.7
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 243-4020
(212) 627-2673
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Mon-Thu: 12pm-10pm Fri: 12pm-11pm Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Business Dining, Good for Groups, Online Reservations, Open 7 Days, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Sumeet on 11/21/2005

    Simply excellent

    Not your typical NYC expensive restaurant. The crowd is a little older which is nice because all the annoying/wannabes are elsewhere. The service is just perfect. The best part was the staff doesn't push you to order drinks, appetizers and all the extra stuff. The wine list is great, and the waiters are really knowledgable about all of the bottles they offer (which is very impressive). Atmosphere is classy and elegant. Food is the best part - all orders arrive in a timely fashion and the presentation is very artistic as they are really detail oriented. The only complaint I have is the dessert was so-so (I ordered the baked alaska something). It's certainly not cheap, but well worth it. Check this place out for a not so typical but truly excellent meal.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Sally on 08/29/2005

    Can't go wrong

    This is my father's favorite restaurant. Ever since I took him there for dinner and we sat at the bar and talked with the bartender, he has asked to go back every time he visits. There is not a bad dish on the menu. The roasted suckling pig was juicy and crispy in all the right spots; the wasabi mashed potatoes are kicked up; the lemmon-pepper duck was one of the most amazing tastes I have put in my mouth! On top of amazing food, Danny Meyer has the most attentive staff of any restaurant I've been. Save your money for a nice dinner here. You won't be disappointed.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Bobbbc on 08/26/2005

    Comfortable Elegance

    I've been four times as of last night and expect to enjoy many evenings to come. Satisfaction is what I look for in a restaurant experience and I've yet to be disappointed here. The service is friendly but not phony, attentive but no hovering. The food is innovative but not out of bounds for my evolution from a meat and potatoes upbringing. Comfortable elegance really describes the experience. The wine list is carefully thought out, with very good value. Value to me means; quality and complexity at a moderate (not bargain) price. I feel like I've just scratched the surface of memorable meals I will have there. Please don't go.... so I can get a table.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by uppereastside on 08/20/2005

    A winner from day one

    We have been going to Danny Meyer's restaurant since the first week he opened and it remains a wonderful treat. Like any great restaurant, there will be an occasional dish that we don't like, but if we had to pick a number-one and favorite place, this would be it. Unfortunately, a high bridge-and-tunnel crowd celebrates far too many occasions and family events but if you happen to be seated next to one of these parties, pretend that they don't exist. Two at the bar is a winner, lunch or dinner.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/10/2005

    It's the best, if you can afford it

    There is no better place to eat than Union Square Cafe. If you can't get a dinner reservation in the next few months, try going for lunch, but only if you have time to really enjoy the food and the service. It's too good to rush. If you love tuna go with their signature tuna burger- it's amazing. The salads are the most original with many ingredients from the farmer's market right outside it's doors. Equal to the food is the service staff. I have dined here for dinner or lunch at least twice a year and have never been disappointed. The staff is not stuffy or pretentious- they are warm and friendly. You do not have to be a celebrity to be treated like one by the staff. This warm service begins the moment you check in to the very end. It's not unusual to be given your choice of table location. Leave room for dessert, they are unique and delicious. There is a reason this place always comes out on top in the Zagat's review. Yes, bring your wallet, it is expensive, but it is worth it. If you only go to one great restaurant in New York City, this is it.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2005


    Great place! Not too expensive, considering other places in n.y. Went for sunday brunch, and everything was meticulously put together. I wouldn't change a thing about the food! Service was educated, and available.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Teddy from west village on 07/26/2005

    Gone down hill

    As native New Yorkers who have been to Union Square Cafe hundreds of times, we can now say that the restaurant must be catering to tourists or resting on its laurels. On our last two dinners, we had inept service, overcooked duck (though we had specified rare), tasteless tuna and a mediocre dessert. To compound this meal the waitress informed us that our duck had been precooked. That was disturbing in a once fine restaurant. The service was slow.

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