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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 #87 of 11,654 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $60 - $80
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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84% Recommend
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Raleigh, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We went to Union Square Cafe to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday and had the most amazing meal. Service was outstanding and the food was just superb. Had not been there in over 12 years and was so glad to see that it has not lost it's magic. Definitely worth the splurge for an amazing meal. I would highly recommend... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We didn’t make reservations at this place, we were at the union square farmer’s market so we thought we would have brunch/lunch here. We walked in, visibly more than 80% of the tables were free, the hostess asked us if we had reservations, we answered no, she then whispered with another girl, they then decided to seat us in their... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I recently visited Union Square Cafe for lunch on a quick trip to NYC for business. This may have been the best business lunch I've had! We were seated in the back of the restaurant which was not too loud considering the place was jam packed. Our server was attentive and made fantastic food recommendations. I started with the Bibb... More

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Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Diners have long rated Union Square Café as one of the most pleasant dining experiences in New York. The wait-staff excel at making diners feel welcome and important. The food is very good in a homey way. Portions are generous, everything is well prepared. The wine list reflects the sommelier's expertise. Prices are reasonable for a restaurant in this class.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was a great experience. This is a small restaurant with marvelous food , friendly service , fantastic desert . We had dinner there, and I wasn´t expecting much , so it turned out to be a nice surprise.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

When I dine out, particularly at a restaurant that has an excellent reputation, I never order something I can competently make at home. I already barbecue the best steak anyone can, so when,I ordered the prime New York strip steak I had to have second thoughts while it was being prepared. My wife and I were being treated, so I... More

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Atlanta GA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This was our third visit and the food has been consistently delsious, innovative without being complicated, and served well. First the good: the salmon crudo, marinated anchovies and spaghettini Siciliano were prepared to perfection. We raved about each and scraped our plates. The bad: we were offered a table in front of the exit from the kitchen; a request for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Been here now several times over the years, obviously not as much as i would like to as its a bit far from London.Too the children along this time for an evening dinner (age 15 and 13).Service as usual, relaxed and friendly but very very good ,Food exquisite.Great wine list, very extensive, but when in the US, drink their wines... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Returned to USC after many years absence, especially now that the news has come out that USC cannot continue to rent the space it occupies since opening in 1985. Although this will not happen till the end of 2015, better make sure you get your share of this most delicious "pie". This restaurant has always, and again now, wowed me... More

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Margate, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The restaurant is quaint. A renovated print shop I believe. The wine list is fabulous. The dinner menu covers all bases. I had the porkloin wrapped in prosciutto. Excellent flavor. The desserts were great. I had the Tiramisu sundae. All reasonable priced. The service was outstanding! 2-3 sips of water and it was refilled. Friendly server. She gave us tips... More

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