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Blue Water Grill

31 Union Square West @ 16th Street, New York City, NY 10003
(212) 675-9500
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Ranked #331 of 11,374 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 16th Street
Transit: L, 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q & W trains to Union Square/14th Street. M14, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M7 buses to Union Square/14th Street.
Description: Blue Water Grill, a Zagat favorite year over year, is a seafood and sushi dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and visitors alike are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space with chandeliers that illuminate the bi-level dining room, a cafe perfect for people-watching and a lower level lounge and dining room with live music 7 nights a week. The menu highlights the freshest seafood daily, with innovative offerings at the Sushi Bar and composed dishes coming out of the kitchen. Blue Water Grill is also known for Sunday Brunch overlooking the Union Square Greenmarket.
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New York City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The hostesses and wait staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. We went during restaurant week and I must say Blue Water Grill showcased their most prized dishes. From the apps to dessert we were very satisifed and will go back again and again.

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NYC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I've been going to Blue Water Grill for many years, since first moving to NYC. I've taken friends, family members and colleague here many times. Most recently I took colleagues from Chicago for lunch. We ordered various entrees (I had crab cakes) and we also had dessert (the chocolate cake with the warm center is my favorite). They enjoyed the... More

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BRGuestHospitality, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your experience at Blue Water Grill! We are delighted to hear that you are such a loyal patron of ours and that you always enjoy your visits! We hope to have you join us again soon and wish you all the... More

Prairie Village, Kansas
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154 reviews 154 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Expensive but food was good. Table top not secured and fell over twice. Service ok but not great. Menu selection limited so I got two appetizers instead. No one told us about the live music downstairs until we went to the bathroom. This one is pretty to look at but not crazy about. Love the area though

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Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a perfect NYC restaurant. They advertise their seafood (we had a variety of sushi items), but one in our party had a scrumptous filet mignon! The restaurant is housed in an old bank and has retained every bit of its marbled charm. It's very neat and clean. A bit upscale, dressy casual is fine, but no less. The... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Blue Water Grill! It means a lot to us to hear from you and we are delighted you enjoyed your experience! We hope to have you dine with us again and wish you all the best. Gabby Barikian... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

In town for a week. Had dinner early on and it was so good, I had to come back. The second time was even better. My dinner mates all concurred. Service great, wine great, meal was exceptional, seafood terrific, flavors inspired. Wish I was there tonight.

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Blue Water Grill! We are delighted you enjoyed your experience so much that you joined us twice! We appreciate your feedback and hope to have you visit us again soon. All the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist... More

Newburgh, Indiana
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Another early lunch at the fun Blue Water Grill on Union Square has been consumed and enjoyed - as usual. When in this area of the City, I always attempt to have lunch here as it is a fun place to enjoy a meal experience. It is usually very crowded, but eating at the bar is usually most interesting. This... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your dining experience at Blue Water Grill! We are so happy that you enjoyed your lobster and shrimp eggs benedict and hope to have you back again for some more! We look forward to seeing you again and wish you all... More

New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've gone to BWG in the past a couple of times and had a wonderful dinner. However, on my most recent visit, the server was very kind but clearly out of her depth, we were placed in a back corner table under a loud vent in a half empty restaurant, the pacing of the meal was completely off, and the... More

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New York City, New York
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337 reviews 337 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The designer took a cavernous space of a former bank and put a multi level eatery, plus outside deck, that is comfortable and roomy. Add to that an interesting selection of well prepared dishes and n wonder this place has survived for years. The bar is lively and not too noisy and there is even jazz in the basement dining... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Blue Water Grill! It truly means a lot to hear from you and we are delighted you enjoyed your brussels sprouts caesar salad! We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best. Gabby... More

East Brunswick, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had dinner for a birthday occasion and it was DELICIOUS. Bailey was our server and she went above and beyond to make sure everything is excellent. The restaurant looked spacious and very clean and we def would be back again for more...

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Blue Water Grill! We are delighted you chose to spend such a special occasion dining with us and are happy to hear you enjoyed it! We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Had lunch here and it was a great. Food was delicious and there's a real buzz in the place. Well worth a visit for lunch.

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know how much you enjoyed your lunch at Blue Water Grill! We appreciate your great feedback and hope to have you join us again soon. All the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest Hospitality More

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