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Union Square Cafe

Map & Directions 21 E. 16th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Founded in 1985, Union Square Café was a game changer for Union Square, not only launching what has become a vibrant restaurant scene, but assisting the neophyte farmers’ market in becoming the thriving institution it is today by emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. With a pleasing Italian twist to many of the dishes, the same emphasis has been retained and the food is every bit as good. A perfectly crumbed, plate-flopping chicken milanesa sports a heap of nicely dressed salad and shavings of pecorino, while a seasonal squash soup, smooth as a kid glove, surprises with its component of toasted hazelnuts and matchsticks of firm green apple. The vaunted Danny Meyer service – attentive and friendly without being intrusive – continues apace.

Member Reviews

  • MichelleO4 wrote a review for Union Square Cafe
    on 12/30/10

    My Mother's Recommend

  • GillianM1 wrote a review for Union Square Cafe
    on 09/02/08

    Despite the many great restaurants in New York City, this is still one of my favorite spots. Chef Michael Romano was one of the first chefs to popularize the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients from the farmers markets in NYC. He comes up with great combinations of flavors. If you fall in love with a dish, you can recreate at home with their cookbook. Try the Ribollita (a Tuscan... More >>

  • MarkT1676 wrote a review for Union Square Cafe
    on 05/28/08

    Peak hour reservations are almost impossible but if you walk in and nothing is available you can always get the same food at the bar.

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Tips from foursquare

  • More deals made per square foot than anywhere else south of 34th Street. Where nigthlife spends the day, if it wakes up before dusk. Juice bar strongly recommended for hair of the dog. [BlackBook]

  • Village Voice on 11/04/10

    The Village Voice voted this Best Bar for Modelizers in our Best Of New York Poll!

  • Nina Y. on 11/14/10

    1. Put away your pride for an hour (staff consists mostly of models);2. Order the herb fries.

  • @annaobrien on 06/06/10

    FYI - The Coffee Shop has great food, but is haunted by some of the rudest hostesses ever. You've been warned!

  • Rex S. on 11/27/11

    They're aspiring models, not real models, so yeah, you probably have a chance.

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