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Union Square Cafe

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Neighborhood:
Flatiron District
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21 East 16th St., New York City, NY 10003 (5th Ave. and Union Square W.)
Take the 4, 5, 6, N, R or L subway trains to the 14th Street/Union Square stop.
(212) 243-4020
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Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 444
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  • 216
    Very good
  • 86
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice Sunday brunch!

We fully enjoyed the nice Sunday brunch. Brussel srouts salad was crispy and fresh. Skate was well prepared. My friend had a tuna burger, and the ginger enhanced the taste of the burger. The dessert, banana tart was excellent along with tasty high-grade coffee. Also the staff were very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Masa G
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Tokyo, Japan
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Tokyo, Japan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We fully enjoyed the nice Sunday brunch. Brussel srouts salad was crispy and fresh. Skate was well prepared. My friend had a tuna burger, and the ginger enhanced the taste of the burger. The dessert, banana tart was excellent along with tasty high-grade coffee. Also the staff were very friendly and efficient. We will look forward to the next visit.

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Miami, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

One of our favourite restaurants in ny, soon to be closed. Place is always packed. Reservations notwithstanding, you ll probably have to wait for a little while anyway. Simple, well prepared american food, i had a very nice soup and a very tasty burguer. Service is fast and friendly. We'll miss it when it's gone.

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Really nice food and service, very buzzy place, absolutely packed which is good indication of the quality and service. It is a shame that when we visited in January 2015, the owner was having problems getting the lease renewed and said that he would probably have to find another location. I did notice thay had an upstairs, and if this... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Just came from a Sunday lunch. Excellent food and waiter service. However, I wanted you to be aware of a bit of a "scam" We had a reservation but when we arrived we were asked to wait behind the bar, where a lot of people were also waiting. After about 10', a manager came up to us and ask how... More 

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Pennsylvania, USA
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360 reviews 360 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We had an enjoyable business meal here one last time before the restaurant is rumored to shut down later this year. Good American fare here for every taste, and a wine list worth the trip. While I can't say that it was one of the best meals that I ever had, it is very good. I would favor the seafood... More 

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Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Had a delightful dinner with excellent and (handsome) server, Uri. My favorites of the night= the beef carpaccio and the Bayreuther Zwick'l Kellerbier. This is the most comfortable dinner I can remember featuring excellent ingredients, masterfully prepared, and professionally served- all the while genuine and high-touch. Many thanks to Sam, the managing partner, for stopping by to say hello and... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The waiters are so much more than warmly welcome: they can give very insightful advice on food, wine and everything. Just let them guide you and you'll have a great experience!

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York
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199 reviews 199 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Somewhere we have previously loved but not so impressed this time.Seated in a very crowded area.Wedged side by side behind our table.Our server couldn't hear us above the high level of noise.That said the food was good.Excellent oysters,skate and USQ banana tart.Shame the jurancon wine(THE PERFECT MATCH) is no longer available by the glass at the USQ.It is at the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a meal here during our honeymoon in NYC. We wanted someone special and tried Gramercy Tavern and could not get in. Here was 2nd choice due to connection with GT. The meal was very nice, we could not fault the food, wine or the service however it was very expensive for what it was. We paid $230 for... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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222 reviews 222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I never ate here when I lived in NYC. I heard it may be closing, so I made it a point of having dinner here. After hearing how amazing it is for years, I was sorely disappointed. The menu was tired and staid - service was not so great either. I was expecting a more creative menu and better service,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 East 16th St., New York City, NY 10003
    (5th Ave. and Union Square W.)
  • Public Transportation: Take the 4, 5, 6, N, R or L subway trains to the 14th Street/Union Square stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: (212) 243-4020

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?