Union Square Cafe

21 E. 16th St.
New York, NY 10003
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  • Sun 11am-10pm, Mon-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm
  • $$$$
  • Business Dining, Coat Check, Private Party, Prix Fixe, Wheelchair accessible
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
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.

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