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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 ruth on 01/20/2009


    boring food and overpriced. regular menu during restaurant week was not extensive and, more importantly, not very good.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by rent01 on 12/22/2008

    Still very Solid

    USC continues to be one of the best establishments in NYC- Food & Service were outstanding- never felt rushed and you can continue to find a great bottle of wine at a reasonable cost- Look to return again in the near future

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2008

    Solid restaurant minus the wow factor

    Outstanding service and a nice room. Appetizers were the fried calamari and the tuna tartar (a little salty, but good). Main courses were the special Pompano and the shrimp dish. Dessert was the berry tart and the sorbet. All the food was well prepared and good, but not outstanding. At the end of the evening in the rain, the hostess made sure we could not leave without a huge all weather Union Sq. umbrella and a recipe that I had mentioned I wanted.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Gald18 on 08/29/2008

    Resting on laurels?

    I went here with my girlfriend for a special occasion and was thoroughly disappointed. The olives in our martinis were garlicly, which is gross. Our beef carpaccio was unremarkable. The rib eyewhich is the special on Thursday nightswas dry. Although the sight of grill lines on a steak tend to make my mouth water, here they were so dark that the charred taste interfered with the flavor of the meat. The meat itself was average and needed a healthy dose of salt to bring out the flavor. For dessert we shared a strawberry-rhubarb crisp, which was too sweet and resembled a pop-tart. I will not go back there.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2008

    not worth a revisit

    my husband and i went to the cafe for a special, celebratory dinner and we were so disappointed in the food. the decor was average. overlit. nothing special. we were seated at a table that was on a slant. kind of a bummer. but most specifically, i ordered the tuna tartar which came out in tiny tiny chunks of tuna in bowl. so strange. and not very good. my main course was a shrimp stew. the shrimp were very fishy. i barely ate 3 of them. the wine was good. the service, eh. the best part of the meal was the side of mashed potatoes. but add enough butter and anything will taste ok.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by shollie on 07/06/2008

    Good, but not a 'regular'

    Just went here last night for my birthday and I must say it was very good but NOT my favorite. Nice menu but not varied enough for me. What you see online is apparently not always what is available. When we went, they were out of the fried calamari - who runs out of calamari in NYC??? I think it is popular more for the hype and it's the 'little guys' who work harder for their food reviews. If you want a great dinner, I would head to Blue Water Grill or Beppe (get the Tuscan Fries and I dare you to tell me they are not the best you have ever had!) Or, for appetizers and wine, go over to In Vino. But, that's just me....

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2008

    Expensive but good

    It's what they tell you it is: expensive (good for a special occasion), but the food is just so good!! My duck confit literally melted in my mouth and my husband's soft shell crabs were exquisite. And you don't have to pay a lot for the wine beer goes just as well with their dishes! I am not sure I like the atmosphere, though the place has a weird lay-out: you just didn't feel that you are a part of a dining community on the one hand, but there was also no real cosy privacy on the other.

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