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Union Square Cafe

21 East 16th St., New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)
(212) 243-4020
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Ranked #81 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $60 - $80
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 5th Ave. and Union Square W.
Transit: Take the 4, 5, 6, N, R or L subway trains to the 14th Street/Union Square stop.
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Dallas, Texas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were meeting a couple for a wedding celebration and one the groom's decided on the Chef's Table for our party of 7. Could not have been a better choice. Amazing how this institution keeps up it's well earned reputation for inspiring meals and over the top service!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Two different meals here over the course of 10 days -- both times as a walk in at slightly early hour.....how lucky! Great service, friendly atmosphere that is not 'too refined' but still very special. Wonderful oysters, great duck -- still amazing sides and always superbly done. This place never ceases to impress and inspire!

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Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Union Square Cafe consistent and always the best for a special night out on the City. The intriguingly varied menu along with appetizers and the spectacular deserts make for a well rounded meal. The wine list is more than adequate and the ambiance is a very special. We would definitely go back.

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Brooklyn, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was an experience. When I see that this place was a cafe, I was thinking ok, reasonable prices and good food. This place was over priced, the service was terrible and the food barely edible. I ordered a burger and the bun was soggy. I will not go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I went to this restaurant some 25 years ago when it first opened and I must admit that it was better then. The lamb was cooked correctly and tasty but the side of broccoli rapa was simply boiled no herbs, garlic, oil or seasoning. We ordered berries twice that never arrived and I had to flag down the manager for... More

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New York City, New York
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272 reviews 272 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had brunch there and was a bit disappointed. Appetizer of fried calamari was good,scallops appetizer too tough. Entree of chicken was overcooked,steak sirloin was skimpy , french fries were absent replaced by very hard sautéed potatoes. Dessert of key lime mousse good. Service was swift but requested second helping of bread never came. Wine by the glass OK but expensive.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Excellent service tonight at this restaurant. The food is superb. During my visit to new York inhave found it difficult to find good quality restaurants. Lots of fast food places but little in the way of high quality good food.this is a real bonus to the area it has great atmosphere and the waiters are good fun as well as... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We always go to Gramercy Tavern (a sibling restaurant) and we decided to give Union Square Café a try. NOT A MISTAKE - a little less formal but just as fabulous and again great wine, great food, great service! We will be back again and again!

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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A welcoming change to the other eating establishments we have tried on this visit to NY. Everything about this restaurant (the name 'cafe' does not do it justice) is first class -from ambience to service and especially to food. You will not be disappointed. Not cheap but worth spoiling yourself and a grateful change from your "run-of-the-mill" Italian and other... More

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Salvador, BA
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142 reviews 142 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes, a simple meal, but perfect. My last meal in NY for a while. Lunch. Appetizer: a gorgeous nectarine with pancetta. Main couses - a rare hamburger and a BLT. How simple does that get? But really, beyond reproach. Dessert - peach melba with raspberry coulis. And off to the airport! How does a restaurant keep a consistency so high?... More

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