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Union Square Cafe
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2006
After seeing the consensus of reviews on this site, we decided to give it a go on a trip to NYC last week. Waited about an hour for seats for 2 at the bar starting at 6pm on a Wednesday - did some shopping and returned to wait another 1/2 hour to get the seats. When we passed on a salad or appetizer course and went straight from drinks to entrees, our otherwise very gregarious bartender/host gave us a frigid shoulder the rest of the night. Never asked if we wanted a second drink (we did), how our meal was (OK, but subpar for the price and hype - had the suckling roast pig special and a halibut affair), and he all the while carried on with what were either regulars or firends sitting next to us. It wasn't until we had decided to Hell with ordering a dessert from him, that he finally cleared our plates and asked "don't you want a dessert or coffee?"...sigh, for a $94 tab for two before tip, seated at the bar, you'd think we'd get a bit better treatment...don't need to repeat that experience again.
Posted by Rebecca on 09/27/2006
I went to Union Square Cafe based on all the hype...was i disappointed. Although the taste was delicious and flavorful, overall it was very salty and one entree was served cold, i guess the chef couldn't time it properly. I believe in serving the entree separately if you can master the trade of stimultaneously. I called to notify the manager, she said i should have said something then, however, the service was great and the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable that i didn't want to impose this on him. I also complained about the texture of the pasta, I was told by the mgr that the pasts is "fresh" everyday, however, i found this hard to believe since it was firm to over aldente, which means it was probably from the day before or not fresh at all. The mgr mentioned to be sure to let her know when i decide to go back; however, i believe we should be all given the same fatanstic dishes that the food critic gets and not have to annouce our arrival. Not cheap! We are paying for top-notch quality of food and service, be careful you never know what you are going to get.
Posted by Los Angeles Tourist on 09/17/2006
Lives up to its name and reputation for excellent food, service and ambiance. A little expensive, but well worth it. We will be back.
Posted by sarajin on 09/10/2006
After such consistent praise, I expected something more in terms of the food. It was good but not great. In general, the vegetables were better cooked than the meats. The side of mashed potatoes, however, was much too large for two people. Our server was good, but again, not great. All in all, everything was ok (nothing too horrible), but I probably won't be returning here any time soon.
Posted by Kim & Rick on 06/01/2006
Had dinner at the bar the other night. The bartender was very helpful and his service was great. But after having dined at Gramercy Taveren the night before, we were disappointed in the food. My tuna dinner really was mediocre. It tasted like it was frozen and looked like a brick. We will not be going back...
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2006
We walked in after an event without a reservation at 7:30PM and were seated right away at a table in the window near the bar which was nice. We left it up to our waitress to pick any great bottle of wine up to $75 and she brought us an amazing Italian Brunello. The kitchen sent out ravioli to us on the house which was good. We had the fish crudo appetizer; it was fair and for main courses; the halibut and the lamb. Both were full of flavor but so salty that it almost killed the dishes. For dessert; the sorbet (caramel and rhubarb flavors were the best) and some yummy biscotti. All in all a great evening.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2006
We have had two special occasion dinners at Union Square Cafe and both were perfect. The food is artful, just as good as you would find at any of Manhattan's priciest chic restaurants. But Union Square Cafe is much more down to earth and casual, so everyone relaxed and enjoyed themselves much more. Even though the presentation is upscale, the menu is just a little on the "comfort food" side and we liked that too. Note that getting a reservation is very difficult. They start taking reservations 4 weeks to the day ahead of time, and are sold out within hours. So make sure you call early in the day, exactly 4 weeks ahead of when you want a table. The upside is that they remember your information from visit to visit, which helps make your dining experience that much more pleasant.