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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 #83 of 11,372 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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83% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We had an excellent experience. Great quality food. Spanish octopus was better than in Spain. And Spanish mackerel was absolutely different (little fatty) but my fav. Wine list was reasonable. Young crowd. Not a stuffy ambience at all. Service was a little not attentive. But it was very busy but still I expect the waiter etc to move the table... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Rock-solid in its food and service, secure in its place in the restaurant world, few places are as pleasing and comfortable as the Union Square Café. It is middle-of-the-road in the best sense. Prices are neither inexpensive nor stratospheric and the food is innovative and excellent without trying to be trendy. On a recent visit I had a charred beef... More

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I do not know why it has been a while since we have eaten at Union Square Café. The food was uniformly excellent. The manager was delightful and charming, reflecting confident knowledge of the true meaning of "host." Our server, truly exemplified focus on employees. We all agreed that we never have experienced restaurant service that exceeded what we received... More

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Karlstad, Sweden
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

If you are going to eat in New York, make a reservation and eat here! You will be more than satisfied, the kitchen is divine and the ambience is wonderful. You are lucky if your waitress is Caroline but if you have some of the others don't worry, it is a wonderteam doing all for you to have a wonderful... More

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wa st
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55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It's not super expensive, or super cheap, but has value in the sense that the food quality is worth it. Not flashy but solid. The interesting thing that I noticed is the wait staff is very young and somewhat inexperienced, which made the service spotty and lacking in menu knowledge. But the food was good, so it all balanced out.

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

This was a rainy Saturday in NYC. We had not been at the Union Sqare Cafe in 20 years. What a shame we missed this great restaurant for so long ! A bit crowded maybe but the tables are nicely spread and the noise level perfect by New York standards. Service is attentive, efficient and friendly. We had a beef... More

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san juan capistrano
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176 reviews 176 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Had late dinner reservations, 9:30, after a dance performance. Had to cancel due to the schedule running later than expected. Went at 10 pm with a party of 6 and were able to be seated promptly. Service was prompt and efficient. Salads were great as we're the dishes of pasta and polenta. Steak was tasty as was the cockle stew.... More

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Raleigh, NC
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Another couple, my wife and I were in NYC for a short stay and were given a recommendation by a mutual friend for Union Square Cafe. My wife needs to eat gluten-free so we are always wary of "new" restaurants. We found this restaurant to be very knowledgeable about gluten concerns and in fact had just that day started serving... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Pros + Value - good price for the value and for NYC. That's not to say it is inexpensive. + Food - everything is fresh and tasty. Food lacks the flare of inventiveness, but makes up in being delicious anyway. I'll take "good" over "cool", any day. + Wine list looked decent enough. They don't have a zillion wines, but... More

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Toronto, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Food average but made up for by overall ambiance and conviviality. Staff were very accommodating for special birthday requests. Overall enjoyable experience.

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