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Mon - Thu: 5:30PM - 10PM
Fri - Sat: 5:30PM - 11PM
Sun: 1AM - 7AM
“The appeal never dims” at this Union Square “flagship of the Danny Meyer empire” that remains “excellent in all areas”, from the “incredible” New American fare to the “elegant but comfortable”, “conversation-friendly" room and “impeccable" service; “getting a reservation is still hard” – especially since it announced plans to close and relocate in 2015 – so “if you can only get a seat at the bar, go for it.”
The very first eatery from one of the country's great restaurateurs, Union Square Cafe was the springboard for high-priest-of-hospitality Danny Meyer, who went on to open New York gems such as Gramercy Tavern and The Modern, along with Shake Shack burger joints around the world. If you're unfamiliar with Meyer, a visit here demonstrates the master's model: a perfectly upscale dining experience that isn't the least bit stuffy. Given Union Square Cafe's quirky tri-level layout, your table is likely to be in a cozy nook where only your waiter will find you. If you prefer to be in thick of it, belly up to the bar, and you'll be surrounded with happy regulars. Chef Michael Romano, a farm-to-table proponent before locavore was even a word, pegs his modern American menu to the famous farmer's market just steps away. Dishes like roasted duck with black rice, roasted apples and Brussels sprouts always speak to the season. The restaurant was also among the first higher-end spots in the city to offer an excellent burger. Together with impeccable service and an accessible and varied wine list, diners can't help but leave with an overwhelming sense of value.
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to 14th St. – Union Sq.
What to tell a cabbie
Take me to 16th St. between Fifth Ave. and Union Square West.
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