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Union Square Cafe
Posted by Sumeet on 11/21/2005
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.
Posted by Sally on 08/29/2005
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.
Posted by Bobbbc on 08/26/2005
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.
Posted by uppereastside on 08/20/2005
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/10/2005
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.
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.
Posted by Teddy from west village on 07/26/2005
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.