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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 Anonymous on 08/28/2007

    consistent- Always

    As usual a very pleasant dining experience. Food was very good while the service was outstanding. Never feel rushed at this restaurant even on a busy Saturday night.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by LI manic on 08/24/2007

    Better than I'd hoped ...

    Was nervous when I selected this restaurant for our wedding anniversary dinner, since I'd never been there before. And initially we were a little let down by the bread basket - bread should be warm (not stale) & butter should be creamy & spreadable (not hard). STILL, our server was really sweet and really helped us out with the menu. And really ... all it took was for me to take one bite of that seared fois gras with cornbread (genius) and figs (awesome) for me to SWOON! Yes, THAT good! My hubby had never had fois gras before ... and he was smitten with this dish too. His calamari were pretty good ... light & crispy. My main was the scallops with my requested side of creamy mascarpone & gorgonzola polenta. Scallops were perfect, and the polenta was not bad - nice pairing of the two. Hubby's rib-eye was sooooooo yummy! For dessert we shared the famous USC banana tart - it did not disappoint, trust me. The pastry chef was even sweet enough to write "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate for us on the plate! So all in all, it was a very pleasant evening, the atmosphere was so positive ... everyone around us seemed pretty happy with their food too ... & we left really content and FULL :)

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2007

    Not what I expected

    I know it is extremely popular but this was my third time there over a period of years. I was disappointed with the food every time. Two dinners and one lunch. My friends agreed. What is the fuss all about? The food is very ordinary, not prepared with imagination nor enough seasoning. Perhaps they need to change chefs, especially in the dessert area.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by suzicakes on 07/22/2007

    still fantastic after all these years

    I had my birthday dinner here late last night and am amazed that Union Square Cafe is still so great after so many years. I have been there around 5-6 times over the years and it remains consistently good. The thing which most impresses me about USC is the quality of the servers. They are incredibly knowledgeable and always eager to be of help. They do not have that stuck-up edge, if you know what I mean! The food is always wonderful. I had a simple salad for an appetizer. How could something so basic be so good? It really was. I had 2 appetizer portions of pasta as my entree because I could not decided on one type. They were both outrageous, especially the spaeztle-type pasta with corn and guanciale (an unsmoked italian bacon from the cheeks) but the veal cheek ravioli (yes, cheeks, again!!) was also very good. Finally, my old favorite for dessert: caramelized banana macadamia tart. Slightly different looking but still great. I highly recommend going back or trying USC for the first time. Lunch is wonderful, too.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Happy Diner on 05/29/2007

    Great for lunch

    Been here twice for lunch in the last month and each time, we had a fantastic experience. Great food, wonderful quiet ambiance and the tops in attentive service. Well worth the price for lunch and looking forward to trying Union Sq Cafe for dinner soon.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by Extremely Happy on 05/06/2007

    Made a not so Great Anniversary Perfect

    It was our 2nd year anniversary, and first my boyfriend tells the taxi driver the wrong address and we were stuck in a cab for 45mins, but then he got the reservation for the wrong day: supposed to be Sat actually was on Sun. They said they didn't know when they could get us a table, and I got extremely upset with the bf. He talked to them, and we got the perfect table in 20mins (in the back, corner booth so we could sit next to eachother). Our waitress Martha was amazing. She answered all of questions with such articulation. We asked everything (we read "Setting the Table"). We got the fois gras, porcini gniocci, and the special of the night, rack of lamb. It was all amazing. We are kinda small and don't eat much, but we tried to eat every bite. This was my 5th or 6th time here in 5 years, and I have never had a bad experience. Even just sitting at the bar is wonderful. The staff is by far the best I have ever encountered. I really don't understand a single negative review of this restaurant. It has consistently been the best restaurant all around I have ever been to.

  • Union Square Cafe

    Posted by janwob on 05/05/2007

    Very enjoyable

    This was a very pleasant dining experience. On arrival, the table wasn't quite ready so we had two glasses of champage at the bar (Billecart Salmon - good value at approx $15 a glass). We weren't waiting long before we were shown to our table, which was a generous size (although beside a service area which meant that occasionally it felt a little frantic around the table). The menu reads well and deciding was difficult. In the meantime, our very friendly waitress was on hand to discuss wine and bring water and very good bread. When we eventually decided on food, it was very good. A beef carpaccio was tasty, with really fresh, flavoursome parmesan shavings. Exquisitely cooked fois gras on fruit brioche was excellent. The only low point in terms of the experience was the fact that our starter plates had only just been cleared when mains were landed in front of us very quickly. The plates were extremely hot, suggesting that they'd been sitting under the lights, a suspicion that increased when the wasabi mash accompanying a tuna filet mignon turned out to be a little cold. Nonetheless, the tuna itself was stunning - an enormous piece of fish, very rare as requested and served with the aforementioned mash and gingered veg. A slightly smoked shell steak was also perfectly cooked (but a little tough) and served with mash and frizzled leeks. Generally, everything was tasty and well-proportioned. We couldn't manage dessert and finished with excellent espresso. Overall this was a very enjoyable dinner, if a little expensive - it was over $200 for dinner for two, with no desserts and one coffee (our wine was $45 and champagne was $30 for two glasses, so that accounts for some of the bill). I'd go back.

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