Union Square Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 21 E 16th St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Union Sq. West

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  • 212-243-4020

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phenomenal food, attentive service- expensive but worth it!

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phenomenal food, attentive service- expensive but worth it!

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After a yummy dinner at Union Square Cafe, a great place to go is The Griffin to Michael Fredo's Wednesday night party. They have a great show and an open bar from 8-9:30. Free admission too. Michael Fredo with The Benny Reid Ensemble is

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After a yummy dinner at Union Square Cafe, a great place to go is The Griffin to Michael Fredo's Wednesday night party. They have a great show and an open bar from 8-9:30. Free admission too. Michael Fredo with The Benny Reid Ensemble is

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I have been here a couple of times and I have to say, I really like this place. It??s definitely a quaint spot around Union Square, but then again ITS UNION SQUARE. The last time I was here I tried the Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/Guanciale. The sweet, crisp peas blended in vinaigrette and sprinkled with shavings of regianno and Roman Bacon made for an amazing combo of unique flavor dancing about on my taste buds. If you have never tried Roman Bacon you need to put that on the list of things to do before you die! (J.K.) But seriously, this was a great dish. I washed down this delectable entree with a red wine. The staff here was very friendly and hospitable, coming to my table every so often to make sure that I was finding everything okay. My overall impression of the cafe is that this is a nice place to have lunch with a few friends or even a cute lunch date.

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★★★★☆

I have been here a couple of times and I have to say, I really like this place. It??s definitely a quaint spot around Union Square, but then again ITS UNION SQUARE. The last time I was here I tried the Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/Guanciale. The sweet, crisp peas blended in vinaigrette and sprinkled with shavings of regianno and Roman Bacon made for an amazing combo of unique flavor dancing about on my taste buds. If you have never tried Roman Bacon you need to put that on the list of things to do before you die! (J.K.) But seriously, this was a great dish. I washed down this delectable entree with a red wine. The staff here was very friendly and hospitable, coming to my table every so often to make sure that I was finding everything okay. My overall impression of the cafe is that this is a nice place to have lunch with a few friends or even a cute lunch date.

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I have been here a couple of times and I have to say, I really like this place. It

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I have been here a couple of times and I have to say, I really like this place. It

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On a lazy Sunday when all my friends were busy and I was tired of sitting in my apartment, I wandered into Union Square Caf for some brunch. I had a book and a glass of wine, and I was armed for being a solo diner in New York City. For the record, I am a terrible decision maker. Committing to so much as which pair of panties to wear in the morning is a difficult task for me, so you can imagine what going out for a meal is like for me, especially without the assistance of another human being to help me narrow down my options. Thank God I stopped eating meat; otherwise it would take me eight years to choose my food. On this particular day I was torn between trying their tuna tartare and the butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce with dried cranberries. Since I work in a restaurant with a slammin?? tuna tartare, I am usually disappointed when I order this dish anywhere else. If I were smart I would just give up, but alas, I continue to set myself up for a masochistic pursuit of the world??s perfect raw tuna. The bartender was extremely helpful in aiding my psychotic inability to make a decision. He told me he would surprise me. This was wonderful. As a server, I absolutely hate doing that for people. I once had a man ask me to order his entire meal. THE WHOLE THING. Why go out to dinner if you??re going to put all the pressure on your server? It doesn??t make sense. Anyway, a very good friend of mine from college works at USC, and the kind man behind the bar sent me both of my choices. I was overwhelmed with deliciousness, but I maintain that I should really stop ordering tuna tartare out. The ravioli was a perfect blend of all of its ingredients, no one item overpowered the others, like a chorus working together to create the perfect stage picture. Though the ambiance seemed a bit stuffy, the food was heavenly, and made me incredibly happy I fought my fear of solo dining and ventured out into the world alone.

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★★★★☆

On a lazy Sunday when all my friends were busy and I was tired of sitting in my apartment, I wandered into Union Square Caf for some brunch. I had a book and a glass of wine, and I was armed for being a solo diner in New York City. For the record, I am a terrible decision maker. Committing to so much as which pair of panties to wear in the morning is a difficult task for me, so you can imagine what going out for a meal is like for me, especially without the assistance of another human being to help me narrow down my options. Thank God I stopped eating meat; otherwise it would take me eight years to choose my food. On this particular day I was torn between trying their tuna tartare and the butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce with dried cranberries. Since I work in a restaurant with a slammin?? tuna tartare, I am usually disappointed when I order this dish anywhere else. If I were smart I would just give up, but alas, I continue to set myself up for a masochistic pursuit of the world??s perfect raw tuna. The bartender was extremely helpful in aiding my psychotic inability to make a decision. He told me he would surprise me. This was wonderful. As a server, I absolutely hate doing that for people. I once had a man ask me to order his entire meal. THE WHOLE THING. Why go out to dinner if you??re going to put all the pressure on your server? It doesn??t make sense. Anyway, a very good friend of mine from college works at USC, and the kind man behind the bar sent me both of my choices. I was overwhelmed with deliciousness, but I maintain that I should really stop ordering tuna tartare out. The ravioli was a perfect blend of all of its ingredients, no one item overpowered the others, like a chorus working together to create the perfect stage picture. Though the ambiance seemed a bit stuffy, the food was heavenly, and made me incredibly happy I fought my fear of solo dining and ventured out into the world alone.

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On a lazy Sunday when all my friends were busy and I was tired of sitting in my apartment, I wandered into Union Square Caf for some brunch. I had a book and a glass of wine, and I was armed for being a solo diner in New York City. For

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★★★★★

On a lazy Sunday when all my friends were busy and I was tired of sitting in my apartment, I wandered into Union Square Caf for some brunch. I had a book and a glass of wine, and I was armed for being a solo diner in New York City. For

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Been here twice in the past year and both times the food was beyond outstanding and the staff friendly, helpful, courteous and knowledgable. In fact, I had gnocci that literally melted in my mouth. All four of us were swooning like Meg

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Been here twice in the past year and both times the food was beyond outstanding and the staff friendly, helpful, courteous and knowledgable. In fact, I had gnocci that literally melted in my mouth. All four of us were swooning like Meg

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My husband and I came here for a special occasion, but were awkwardly seated side-by-side, facing another table. It was pretty awkward....we felt like we were at the sweetheart table of our wedding but we didn't know any of the guests! The outstanding fare completely made up for it though, and we didn't notice the strange seating while we were enjoying our meals. Everything tasted elegant and fresh. We had delicious salads, an amazing pasta, and fish and chicken. We finished off with some fantastic desserts. The service was great, the staff very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Just make your reservations at least a few weeks ahead of time because it can be tricky to get in during certain times of the year.

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★★★★★

My husband and I came here for a special occasion, but were awkwardly seated side-by-side, facing another table. It was pretty awkward....we felt like we were at the sweetheart table of our wedding but we didn't know any of the guests! The outstanding fare completely made up for it though, and we didn't notice the strange seating while we were enjoying our meals. Everything tasted elegant and fresh. We had delicious salads, an amazing pasta, and fish and chicken. We finished off with some fantastic desserts. The service was great, the staff very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Just make your reservations at least a few weeks ahead of time because it can be tricky to get in during certain times of the year.

Pros: Food, service, dessert

Cons: awkward seating arrangements

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I felt i was in a third world country except for the prices, i paid $250 dinner for two of 70 minutes..
The food was bland and average, ingredients were missing in some of the dishes, the service was so slow but the check came so fast.. i was overcharged and the manager didnt even apologize, complete indifference at the door. I am a New Yorker and i hardly ever complain but this was a shock, the absolute worst.

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★☆☆☆☆

I felt i was in a third world country except for the prices, i paid $250 dinner for two of 70 minutes..
The food was bland and average, ingredients were missing in some of the dishes, the service was so slow but the check came so fast.. i was overcharged and the manager didnt even apologize, complete indifference at the door. I am a New Yorker and i hardly ever complain but this was a shock, the absolute worst.

Pros: none

Cons: food service management ambiance

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My girlfriend arrived 20 minutes early for our 7:30 reservation on a busy Saturday night. Despite being early we were immediately seated. The server was excellent, he overhead us talking about the duck confit and came over to tell us more about it. My girlfriend has been to Italy, been to most of the best Italian restaurants around, and said that her ravioli she got as the first course was the best pasta she ever had. The food was amazing, the price is excellent for a top tier restaurant, and the service was impeccable. I cannot wait to go back. This is a must visit.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend arrived 20 minutes early for our 7:30 reservation on a busy Saturday night. Despite being early we were immediately seated. The server was excellent, he overhead us talking about the duck confit and came over to tell us more about it. My girlfriend has been to Italy, been to most of the best Italian restaurants around, and said that her ravioli she got as the first course was the best pasta she ever had. The food was amazing, the price is excellent for a top tier restaurant, and the service was impeccable. I cannot wait to go back. This is a must visit.

Pros: Excellent service, excellent food, excellent everything, more relaxed

Cons: None.

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I finally gave them another go after 10 years of staying away after my initial visit. There was a long BLONDE hair in my salad & when I tried to return it, the waitress implied that it was probably my hair that fell in after she served the dish?.ahem, I am ASIAN, enough said! Then we got charged for not 1, but 2 salads..talk about audacity. Any other restaurant in the country would?ve given me the salad free of charge. I left making the vow to never return again. & was disgusted year after year when they made the top of Zagats list. Fast forward10yrs to Restaurant Week in early ?09. I went with my Mom to celebrate the Lunar New year. The food was tasty, service brisk yet polite. & the ultimate redeeming moment was when the pastry chef decorated our dessert plates with a beautiful illustration of a dragon & an ox, to signify the Chinese horoscopes & in observance of the Year of the Ox which started today. We were so delighted with the personal attention that we asked to meet her, what a sweetheart! People & good service are what make the restaurant business succeed?don?t forget that.

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★★★★☆

I finally gave them another go after 10 years of staying away after my initial visit. There was a long BLONDE hair in my salad & when I tried to return it, the waitress implied that it was probably my hair that fell in after she served the dish?.ahem, I am ASIAN, enough said! Then we got charged for not 1, but 2 salads..talk about audacity. Any other restaurant in the country would?ve given me the salad free of charge. I left making the vow to never return again. & was disgusted year after year when they made the top of Zagats list. Fast forward10yrs to Restaurant Week in early ?09. I went with my Mom to celebrate the Lunar New year. The food was tasty, service brisk yet polite. & the ultimate redeeming moment was when the pastry chef decorated our dessert plates with a beautiful illustration of a dragon & an ox, to signify the Chinese horoscopes & in observance of the Year of the Ox which started today. We were so delighted with the personal attention that we asked to meet her, what a sweetheart! People & good service are what make the restaurant business succeed?don?t forget that.

Pros: Convenience, decor, amazing pastry chef

Cons: Reservations require planning ahead

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What a difference 4 months makes! I wrote in July that USC was "near perfect" and "welcoming". Two hostesses discouraged my Nov 1 booking. This time I stopped in personally two days in advance to go over the seating arrangements for my son's stroller. We've been to USC with the stroller twice before (including July)- no problem. Jesse, a male host, apologized for the rude reception we received at the door. Just as I began to forget the trouble during the meal, Assistant Manager Jill came up behind me, put her hands on my back and told me that I would have to move the stroller to accommodate a male diner at another table. I tried to sort it out with Jill- she turned her back on me. I stood up to confront her. The male diner interceded to say that he has a child and he was quite happy with the stroller as it was. Jill's bizarre behavior explains the dismal performance of the blond hostesses. Our meal was wrecked, we cut it short, paid the bill, thanked the kind gentleman diner and left. Go elsewhere, USC is in trouble now.

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★☆☆☆☆

What a difference 4 months makes! I wrote in July that USC was "near perfect" and "welcoming". Two hostesses discouraged my Nov 1 booking. This time I stopped in personally two days in advance to go over the seating arrangements for my son's stroller. We've been to USC with the stroller twice before (including July)- no problem. Jesse, a male host, apologized for the rude reception we received at the door. Just as I began to forget the trouble during the meal, Assistant Manager Jill came up behind me, put her hands on my back and told me that I would have to move the stroller to accommodate a male diner at another table. I tried to sort it out with Jill- she turned her back on me. I stood up to confront her. The male diner interceded to say that he has a child and he was quite happy with the stroller as it was. Jill's bizarre behavior explains the dismal performance of the blond hostesses. Our meal was wrecked, we cut it short, paid the bill, thanked the kind gentleman diner and left. Go elsewhere, USC is in trouble now.

Pros: good food, a few great servers

Cons: Bad Management wrecks everything

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Wonderful dining experience. Our dishes were exceptional. I'm not a huge fan of pasta usually, but the linguini and ravioli appetizers were so delicious. Ample entree portions and reasonably priced for the exceptional quality and taste (try the tuna or the slow roasted lamb...so good!). Loved the laid-back but elegant decor of the restaurant. We requested and promptly received a romantic, comfortable corner booth next to the painted walls. Our server was so knowledgeable, friendly and took good care of us. USC is a favorite spot for many NY foodies, and for good reason. Great place. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

Wonderful dining experience. Our dishes were exceptional. I'm not a huge fan of pasta usually, but the linguini and ravioli appetizers were so delicious. Ample entree portions and reasonably priced for the exceptional quality and taste (try the tuna or the slow roasted lamb...so good!). Loved the laid-back but elegant decor of the restaurant. We requested and promptly received a romantic, comfortable corner booth next to the painted walls. Our server was so knowledgeable, friendly and took good care of us. USC is a favorite spot for many NY foodies, and for good reason. Great place. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Delicious food, a little pricey in total but not unreasonable ($30 avg entree price)

Cons: always crowded so can get a little loud.

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My brother took me here on Tuesday for my birthday- and what a treat!! Although we were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation, the bar was friendly and we enjoyed some delicious champagne... Our table was adorable and right next to the hand-painted walls, and our server was so friendly and refreshingly honest! The rest of the staff and even the other patrons were so relaxed and happy. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the Foie Gras (my first time having it- wow. so good) and the Lemon Pepper Duck. Although the inside of the duck was quite juicy, the outside was a little over-cooked for my taste. And then as a surprise and "compliments of the server" - they brought me a delicious dessert complete with candle. I'd definitely say that the chef really enjoys the natural taste/flavor of meat and doesn't over-season it, and it seems the ambiance only compliments the delightful service and food. I would go back in a HEARTBEAT.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening!

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★★★★★

My brother took me here on Tuesday for my birthday- and what a treat!! Although we were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation, the bar was friendly and we enjoyed some delicious champagne... Our table was adorable and right next to the hand-painted walls, and our server was so friendly and refreshingly honest! The rest of the staff and even the other patrons were so relaxed and happy. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the Foie Gras (my first time having it- wow. so good) and the Lemon Pepper Duck. Although the inside of the duck was quite juicy, the outside was a little over-cooked for my taste. And then as a surprise and "compliments of the server" - they brought me a delicious dessert complete with candle. I'd definitely say that the chef really enjoys the natural taste/flavor of meat and doesn't over-season it, and it seems the ambiance only compliments the delightful service and food. I would go back in a HEARTBEAT.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening!

Pros: Extremely relaxed, friendly staff, ambiance, Delicious food, fantastic Foie Gras!

Cons: 15 minutes late on seating...

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My husband and I went here for the first time a few days before Valentine's Day to celebrate. We were seated right away. The service was great. I did have an excellent glass of Merlot off their Wines by the glass list. I ordered the steak which I think was smoked and than grilled. It had a great flavor. We would go back again for a speical occasion.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I went here for the first time a few days before Valentine's Day to celebrate. We were seated right away. The service was great. I did have an excellent glass of Merlot off their Wines by the glass list. I ordered the steak which I think was smoked and than grilled. It had a great flavor. We would go back again for a speical occasion.

Pros: Close to Subway stop!

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I went here during restuarant week and had the eggplant meatballs for an appetizer which I must admit was amazing. The service was extremely slow, and the waitress took a long time between dishes as well as a long time to serve our drinks. I was very disappointed witht the service that was provided. The entree was chicken milanese which looked delicious but on further examination was simply a deep fried batterred piece of chicken topped with a mixed salad. I felt like the entree could have been more creative or had a little something more. I had the banana cheesecake for desert which was delicious. I must say that the appetizer was amazing but the entree was a disappointment. The service was also a disappoint.

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★★★☆☆

I went here during restuarant week and had the eggplant meatballs for an appetizer which I must admit was amazing. The service was extremely slow, and the waitress took a long time between dishes as well as a long time to serve our drinks. I was very disappointed witht the service that was provided. The entree was chicken milanese which looked delicious but on further examination was simply a deep fried batterred piece of chicken topped with a mixed salad. I felt like the entree could have been more creative or had a little something more. I had the banana cheesecake for desert which was delicious. I must say that the appetizer was amazing but the entree was a disappointment. The service was also a disappoint.

Pros: ambience, appetizer

Cons: service,

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Mascarpone Ravioli with Sage Butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Aged Balsamic Vinegar (really good!)
Spaghettini with Flaked Cod, Broccoli Rabe, Chili, White Wine and Rustic Bread Crumbs (would recommend)
Grilled Sea Scallops with Sauteed Spinach and Roasted Cauliflower-Meyer Lemon Agrodolce (seriously loved this)
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso Zabaglione -- definitely worth it (but it's heavy like a brownie)
Banana Cheese Cake (something something) -- not too good. I enjoyed the food and the service. the waiter JOHN (worked on the 2nd level) was extremely helpful and hospitable. I had received the wrong cocktail and he brought in the cocktail I had originally ordered later on - so two cocktails for the price of one! I would definitely recommend this place for those that have a little extra money to spend and want to treat themselves.

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★★★★★

Roasted Butternut Squash & Mascarpone Ravioli with Sage Butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Aged Balsamic Vinegar (really good!)
Spaghettini with Flaked Cod, Broccoli Rabe, Chili, White Wine and Rustic Bread Crumbs (would recommend)
Grilled Sea Scallops with Sauteed Spinach and Roasted Cauliflower-Meyer Lemon Agrodolce (seriously loved this)
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso Zabaglione -- definitely worth it (but it's heavy like a brownie)
Banana Cheese Cake (something something) -- not too good. I enjoyed the food and the service. the waiter JOHN (worked on the 2nd level) was extremely helpful and hospitable. I had received the wrong cocktail and he brought in the cocktail I had originally ordered later on - so two cocktails for the price of one! I would definitely recommend this place for those that have a little extra money to spend and want to treat themselves.

Pros: SERVICE!!

Cons: $$$$

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So I hear people wait a year to get in this place? Wow. My steak was 38 dollars, salty as hell and about as flat as pounded chick breast. For 38 dollars I would have much rather had a decent cut from the likes of any steak house in the city. In any event I can't say it was a horrible experience, the wait staff is spot on - and that's good --- I just think people are blinded at this point by the name recognition this place holds to really see the food they are getting. Granted it sounds amazing when the servers explain the pain staking efforts the management goes through in bringing in the best culinary recipes and/ or artists from around the globe to add their flare to the dish but what is spoken about and what is inevitably on your taste buds are two different thinigs. What sounds amazing and to die for -- becomes at the end of the day, simply just quite okay.

Sadly people will come here because they heard it was good and enjoy their meal because they're suppose to -- then I suppose they will go to a 100 dollar mediocre broadway show and give it a standing ovation at the curtain. Alas, this is what we've become.

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★☆☆☆☆

So I hear people wait a year to get in this place? Wow. My steak was 38 dollars, salty as hell and about as flat as pounded chick breast. For 38 dollars I would have much rather had a decent cut from the likes of any steak house in the city. In any event I can't say it was a horrible experience, the wait staff is spot on - and that's good --- I just think people are blinded at this point by the name recognition this place holds to really see the food they are getting. Granted it sounds amazing when the servers explain the pain staking efforts the management goes through in bringing in the best culinary recipes and/ or artists from around the globe to add their flare to the dish but what is spoken about and what is inevitably on your taste buds are two different thinigs. What sounds amazing and to die for -- becomes at the end of the day, simply just quite okay.

Sadly people will come here because they heard it was good and enjoy their meal because they're suppose to -- then I suppose they will go to a 100 dollar mediocre broadway show and give it a standing ovation at the curtain. Alas, this is what we've become.

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My wife and I went to USC for the first time last Friday evening. Because we were seeing a movie at 7:30pm we had an early dinner, we walked in at 5:30pm and got seated at 5:45pm when they began dinner service.

They couldn't find my reservation (placed a week and a half earlier) but there was no wait anyway at that time, being so early. All the same, we got seated upstairs.

I don't know if eating very early was a factor or not but two of the dishes were way oversalted, and the main entree somewhat oversalted (not as badly but definitely tasted predominantly of NaCL).

To start with, we ordered two fairly standard "fine dining" appetizers: the seared foie gras and the yellowfin tuna tartare. The foie gras was wonderful, but the tuna seemed nice quality but was hard to taste over the rather salty capers-and-lemon dressing. I found the olive oil coating slightly excessive too, as tuna is naturally a bit oily. Instead of complementing the taste of the tuna it overwhelmed it.

- For dinner we both got the special of the day, a roast lamb dish, which was quite tasty but slightly on the salty side. This could have been offset by complementing it with something blander, like wild rice or some kind of potato, but the side dish we had ordered with the lamb was the sauteed spinach.

This spinach was literally salty to the point of inedibility. My wife and I each had about two forks of it before giving up. The waiter apologized for it and took it off our bill, but it really was very disappointing given the expectations I had for USC going in.

The desserts we got were nice enough (the banana tart with honey vanilla ice cream and macademia brittle, and the ice cream/sorbet assortment), but not enough to make up for the rest.

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★★★☆☆

My wife and I went to USC for the first time last Friday evening. Because we were seeing a movie at 7:30pm we had an early dinner, we walked in at 5:30pm and got seated at 5:45pm when they began dinner service.

They couldn't find my reservation (placed a week and a half earlier) but there was no wait anyway at that time, being so early. All the same, we got seated upstairs.

I don't know if eating very early was a factor or not but two of the dishes were way oversalted, and the main entree somewhat oversalted (not as badly but definitely tasted predominantly of NaCL).

To start with, we ordered two fairly standard "fine dining" appetizers: the seared foie gras and the yellowfin tuna tartare. The foie gras was wonderful, but the tuna seemed nice quality but was hard to taste over the rather salty capers-and-lemon dressing. I found the olive oil coating slightly excessive too, as tuna is naturally a bit oily. Instead of complementing the taste of the tuna it overwhelmed it.

- For dinner we both got the special of the day, a roast lamb dish, which was quite tasty but slightly on the salty side. This could have been offset by complementing it with something blander, like wild rice or some kind of potato, but the side dish we had ordered with the lamb was the sauteed spinach.

This spinach was literally salty to the point of inedibility. My wife and I each had about two forks of it before giving up. The waiter apologized for it and took it off our bill, but it really was very disappointing given the expectations I had for USC going in.

The desserts we got were nice enough (the banana tart with honey vanilla ice cream and macademia brittle, and the ice cream/sorbet assortment), but not enough to make up for the rest.

Pros: service, location

Cons: food was not up to reputation

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My wife and I get to NYC only once or twice a year and try to vary the restaurants we go to as much as possible. A couple of years ago we went to Union Square and now we never miss it, no matter what else we have to give up. Not only is the food superb - the halibut was probably the best thing I've ever eaten - the service and comfort level are beyond compare. So many celebrity chefs overextend themselves and fail to live up to their lofty reputations. Michael Romano is deifinitely NOT one of them. I have worked in the restaurant business for 30 years (in some great places, too), and, except for a place in SF which no longer exists, Union Square is the best restaurant I've ever been to. For totality of experience (food, service, ambience, etc,) Union Square is unmatched. A great selection of dessert wines, too.

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★★★★★

My wife and I get to NYC only once or twice a year and try to vary the restaurants we go to as much as possible. A couple of years ago we went to Union Square and now we never miss it, no matter what else we have to give up. Not only is the food superb - the halibut was probably the best thing I've ever eaten - the service and comfort level are beyond compare. So many celebrity chefs overextend themselves and fail to live up to their lofty reputations. Michael Romano is deifinitely NOT one of them. I have worked in the restaurant business for 30 years (in some great places, too), and, except for a place in SF which no longer exists, Union Square is the best restaurant I've ever been to. For totality of experience (food, service, ambience, etc,) Union Square is unmatched. A great selection of dessert wines, too.

Pros: Everything. Food, service, decor, friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Cons: Zero. Zip. Nada.

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It is a pleasure to come to this place for a cup of coffee or to just grab a bite to eat. I often come here to study and or just read and relax, and the prices are very reasonable here also. Its a friendly place, Ive met a lot of people here!

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★★★★★

It is a pleasure to come to this place for a cup of coffee or to just grab a bite to eat. I often come here to study and or just read and relax, and the prices are very reasonable here also. Its a friendly place, Ive met a lot of people here!

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Believe the hype. This is the place to go for a special night out when you're prepared to spend a lot of time (and money) savoring a really good meal. The duck was fantastic, the staff is polite and extremely knowlegeable, and yet the place is completely unpretentious. It's a winner.

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Believe the hype. This is the place to go for a special night out when you're prepared to spend a lot of time (and money) savoring a really good meal. The duck was fantastic, the staff is polite and extremely knowlegeable, and yet the place is completely unpretentious. It's a winner.

Pros: Outstanding food and service

Cons: $$$$$

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I went here for dinner last weekend and I thought the service was very good but was a bit disappointed with the food. My boyfriend and I shared the side dish of spinach as an appetizer. It was very tasty but we both found it to be overly salty, which was unfortunate because the underlying flavor was perfect but was a little overshadowed by the salt. I ordered the pasta appetizer as my main course and felt it was fine but very ho-hum and would not order it again. My boyfriend ordered the lamb chops which he said were excellent but they came with some sort of potato and cheese side which we were both looking forward to but wound up being much more saltier than the spinach. I was in complete disbelief that this restaurant, which is constantly lauded for its food, has someone in the kitchen whose palette is so offensively off. If it were just me who found the food salty, I wouldn't be writing this, but my boyfriend felt the pile of potatoes were inedible and left them alone. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things that evening but I'm not sure I'll give USC another try.

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I went here for dinner last weekend and I thought the service was very good but was a bit disappointed with the food. My boyfriend and I shared the side dish of spinach as an appetizer. It was very tasty but we both found it to be overly salty, which was unfortunate because the underlying flavor was perfect but was a little overshadowed by the salt. I ordered the pasta appetizer as my main course and felt it was fine but very ho-hum and would not order it again. My boyfriend ordered the lamb chops which he said were excellent but they came with some sort of potato and cheese side which we were both looking forward to but wound up being much more saltier than the spinach. I was in complete disbelief that this restaurant, which is constantly lauded for its food, has someone in the kitchen whose palette is so offensively off. If it were just me who found the food salty, I wouldn't be writing this, but my boyfriend felt the pile of potatoes were inedible and left them alone. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things that evening but I'm not sure I'll give USC another try.

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Admittedly a last minute booking, so wasn't too surprised or disappointed to be seated upstairs in the pokey 'garden' section - best avoided if you book ahead. Front of house staff were excellent, but after that the service (for which this place is supposedly famous) took a nose dive. Our waiter was brusque and inept consistently throughout the meal: leaning over me to clear bread/side plates while I was eating, removed my plate as I was finishing the last mouthful; didn't even wait for my companion to finish his entree before diving for the plate. Desert whisked out less than 30 sec after ordering. Coffee slung down on the table etc. From start to finish it felt like we were on a (badly oiled) production line. Food was pretty average - Calamari tasted overwhelmingly of stale cooking oil; much better calamari at Pipa. Lemon pepper duck was passable, but really nothing special. Any issues about the food paled in comparison, however, with the rushed and thoroughly unpleasant service. I'm sure it's a case of 'one bad apple' and does seem at odds with most reports of excellent service, but I'm reluctant to give it a second chance. Walking out, there's a copy of Danny Meyer's book on the 'transforming power of hospitality' perched by the bar - based on last night's experience, I think the theory needs re-applying at the USC.

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★★★☆☆

Admittedly a last minute booking, so wasn't too surprised or disappointed to be seated upstairs in the pokey 'garden' section - best avoided if you book ahead. Front of house staff were excellent, but after that the service (for which this place is supposedly famous) took a nose dive. Our waiter was brusque and inept consistently throughout the meal: leaning over me to clear bread/side plates while I was eating, removed my plate as I was finishing the last mouthful; didn't even wait for my companion to finish his entree before diving for the plate. Desert whisked out less than 30 sec after ordering. Coffee slung down on the table etc. From start to finish it felt like we were on a (badly oiled) production line. Food was pretty average - Calamari tasted overwhelmingly of stale cooking oil; much better calamari at Pipa. Lemon pepper duck was passable, but really nothing special. Any issues about the food paled in comparison, however, with the rushed and thoroughly unpleasant service. I'm sure it's a case of 'one bad apple' and does seem at odds with most reports of excellent service, but I'm reluctant to give it a second chance. Walking out, there's a copy of Danny Meyer's book on the 'transforming power of hospitality' perched by the bar - based on last night's experience, I think the theory needs re-applying at the USC.

Pros: Reasonable prices; good wine list with generally low mark-ups

Cons: Terrible service; upstairs 'garden' section bland and cramped

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walked in one evening without a reservation and they were really great-- accomodating us so that we sat in the dining room. been meaning to try this place for years but never got around to it until recently. i can understand why it was and is one of the city's top places to dine years ago-- it's still very very good (although the cuisines are now all about creativity and uniqueness). i would definitely go back, but there are so many places yet to try... i'm glad i was able to dine here finally, and they deserve their highly rated reputation. the waitress was also incredibly friendly and professional!

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★★★★☆

walked in one evening without a reservation and they were really great-- accomodating us so that we sat in the dining room. been meaning to try this place for years but never got around to it until recently. i can understand why it was and is one of the city's top places to dine years ago-- it's still very very good (although the cuisines are now all about creativity and uniqueness). i would definitely go back, but there are so many places yet to try... i'm glad i was able to dine here finally, and they deserve their highly rated reputation. the waitress was also incredibly friendly and professional!

Pros: great service, good food

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Went for lunch yesterday with a 2:15 reservation. The place was packed with no real place to wait ( you can only sit at the bar if you are having lunch) we waited for 20 minutes and finally I approached the hostess to ask how much longer we would have to wait. She apologized and immediately seated us at a table that had been vacant the entire time. Our waiter informed us that they ran out of the lunch special and brought me the worst Cosmoplitan I ever tasted(murky and the only taste was lime) He never asked why I didn't drink it and charged me $18 for it. He recommended I order the appetizer portion of the pasta dish for my main course since it was so filling. This consisted of 6 to 8 pieces of pasta. He then suggested we share a dessert. I guess he felt we should be on a diet. He reached in front of me while I was eating to remove some paper from the table which was really obnoxious and rude. The food was good but the service stunk. We should have walked to the corner and went to Blue Water Grill.

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★★☆☆☆

Went for lunch yesterday with a 2:15 reservation. The place was packed with no real place to wait ( you can only sit at the bar if you are having lunch) we waited for 20 minutes and finally I approached the hostess to ask how much longer we would have to wait. She apologized and immediately seated us at a table that had been vacant the entire time. Our waiter informed us that they ran out of the lunch special and brought me the worst Cosmoplitan I ever tasted(murky and the only taste was lime) He never asked why I didn't drink it and charged me $18 for it. He recommended I order the appetizer portion of the pasta dish for my main course since it was so filling. This consisted of 6 to 8 pieces of pasta. He then suggested we share a dessert. I guess he felt we should be on a diet. He reached in front of me while I was eating to remove some paper from the table which was really obnoxious and rude. The food was good but the service stunk. We should have walked to the corner and went to Blue Water Grill.

Pros: food

Cons: crowds, poor service

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Dined here with two colleagues (one used to work in the kitchen there) for lunch and we ordered a feast: calamari (nicely crispy batter that stayed intact through proding and dipping in a very tasty aioli), gruyere salad (perfectly dressed leaves generously topped with thin shreds of nutty cheese), arugula salad (reportedly lacked the pepperyness that makes the leaves so craveable), porcini gnocchi (different, with mushroom pieces in the dough as well as the sauce, and the sauce was creamy and rich with more mushrooms, pancetta and wilted greens); seared scallops with balsamic butter sauce (scallops were perfectly cooked and sweet, but the sauce overwhelming and unbalanced, so I found myself going for the cauliflower florets and sweet potato pieces instead); garlic chips (addictive and warm!); apple tatin (a special of the day, with cinnamon ice cream...would return just for that! Although, I wish we had been given a knife or something other than a tablespoon to serve it up, as we were sharing); and a butternut squash creme brulee (underwhelming, but perfect, crackable sugar seal). All in all, very pleasant, with great wines and fine service (great at the door, more chummy in a diner-way at the table, which apparently - thankfully! - is unusual there). Will be back, if only for the gruyere salad and tarte tatin!

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★★★★☆

Dined here with two colleagues (one used to work in the kitchen there) for lunch and we ordered a feast: calamari (nicely crispy batter that stayed intact through proding and dipping in a very tasty aioli), gruyere salad (perfectly dressed leaves generously topped with thin shreds of nutty cheese), arugula salad (reportedly lacked the pepperyness that makes the leaves so craveable), porcini gnocchi (different, with mushroom pieces in the dough as well as the sauce, and the sauce was creamy and rich with more mushrooms, pancetta and wilted greens); seared scallops with balsamic butter sauce (scallops were perfectly cooked and sweet, but the sauce overwhelming and unbalanced, so I found myself going for the cauliflower florets and sweet potato pieces instead); garlic chips (addictive and warm!); apple tatin (a special of the day, with cinnamon ice cream...would return just for that! Although, I wish we had been given a knife or something other than a tablespoon to serve it up, as we were sharing); and a butternut squash creme brulee (underwhelming, but perfect, crackable sugar seal). All in all, very pleasant, with great wines and fine service (great at the door, more chummy in a diner-way at the table, which apparently - thankfully! - is unusual there). Will be back, if only for the gruyere salad and tarte tatin!

Pros: Easygoing, atmosphere, well-paced dish delivery, other servers seemed superb

Cons: Service at table lacking (water, taking plates before finished, etc.), scallop sauce one-dimensional

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I had a great lunch there not too long ago - it has a very refined atmosphere and delicious food and drink.

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★★★★☆

I had a great lunch there not too long ago - it has a very refined atmosphere and delicious food and drink.

Pros: Great spot for lunch

Cons: Price

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Union Square Cafe is one of my all time favorites. It is always a garunteed fabulous meal (the duck is amazing!) and the staff has manners every parents should teach their children! It's classy and sophisticated without being stuffy, pretentious or unapproachable. Definitely go if you want a fabulous dinner, in a beautiful restaurant with a mature, well-heeled crowd.

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★★★★★

Union Square Cafe is one of my all time favorites. It is always a garunteed fabulous meal (the duck is amazing!) and the staff has manners every parents should teach their children! It's classy and sophisticated without being stuffy, pretentious or unapproachable. Definitely go if you want a fabulous dinner, in a beautiful restaurant with a mature, well-heeled crowd.

Pros: TOP FOOD AND SERVICE

Cons: none..but be prepared to wait if no reservation...but so worth it

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Went to the USC for the first time last night; planned to meet a friend without reservations and eat at the bar, but getting there early (before 7) on a Monday meant plenty of open tables in the high-ceilinged bar area. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant; even the bar area wasn't noisy (but this was a Monday, after all). I enjoyed calamari and the duck with fig chutney and bok choy for dinner. My friend just ordered some sides (amazing polenta, and broccoli rabe) as her entree. We shared a warm banana tart to finish off. I think the food was good, though not the best I've ever had. The service, however, was outstanding--this seems to be the common refrain about USC. I felt that the prices were reasonable by Manhattan standards; we got away for under $100 total between the two of us (partially due to my friend's sides combo). I would certainly go back again.

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★★★★★

Went to the USC for the first time last night; planned to meet a friend without reservations and eat at the bar, but getting there early (before 7) on a Monday meant plenty of open tables in the high-ceilinged bar area. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant; even the bar area wasn't noisy (but this was a Monday, after all). I enjoyed calamari and the duck with fig chutney and bok choy for dinner. My friend just ordered some sides (amazing polenta, and broccoli rabe) as her entree. We shared a warm banana tart to finish off. I think the food was good, though not the best I've ever had. The service, however, was outstanding--this seems to be the common refrain about USC. I felt that the prices were reasonable by Manhattan standards; we got away for under $100 total between the two of us (partially due to my friend's sides combo). I would certainly go back again.

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This was our first time to USC, we have been to their other restaurants, we loved this restaurant also. Make sure you make reservations well in advance. The service was excellent from waiting at the bar to our waitress. For us, there were so many apps to choose from. All of the food was excellent. All the great reviews are true, and we look forward to going back.

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★★★★★

This was our first time to USC, we have been to their other restaurants, we loved this restaurant also. Make sure you make reservations well in advance. The service was excellent from waiting at the bar to our waitress. For us, there were so many apps to choose from. All of the food was excellent. All the great reviews are true, and we look forward to going back.

Pros: food, service, casual

Cons: trying to get a reservation

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I had dinner here with my boyfriend and had a wonderful time! The restaurant was pleasantly quiet, as quiet as it gets on a Saturday night. He started with the Tuna Tartar and I with the ravioli with garlic, ricotta, bread crumbs, lemon, and pecorino which was so scrumptious I couldnt help but say MMMM with every forkful. The lemon taste was so punchy, loved it! My boyfriend has the special which was a Cod with a assortment of stewed vegetables (tomatoes, corn) it was excellent! But it wasnt served with sides, so my boyfriend began attacking my tuna steak with wasabi mashed potatoes a vegetable salad or type of slaw. All very appetizing! Desserts left something to be desired I felt. The blueberry pie was so sugary sweet and there was not enough ice creeam to equalize that sugary, syrupy taste from the pie. All in all a VERY pleasant experience, we were not rushed at ALL!

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★★★★★

I had dinner here with my boyfriend and had a wonderful time! The restaurant was pleasantly quiet, as quiet as it gets on a Saturday night. He started with the Tuna Tartar and I with the ravioli with garlic, ricotta, bread crumbs, lemon, and pecorino which was so scrumptious I couldnt help but say MMMM with every forkful. The lemon taste was so punchy, loved it! My boyfriend has the special which was a Cod with a assortment of stewed vegetables (tomatoes, corn) it was excellent! But it wasnt served with sides, so my boyfriend began attacking my tuna steak with wasabi mashed potatoes a vegetable salad or type of slaw. All very appetizing! Desserts left something to be desired I felt. The blueberry pie was so sugary sweet and there was not enough ice creeam to equalize that sugary, syrupy taste from the pie. All in all a VERY pleasant experience, we were not rushed at ALL!

Pros: ambience, service, FOOD!

Cons: uninspired desserts, dated decor

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We came here for dinner on my boyfriend's birthday and had a three course meal including coffee and liquors which worked out at approx $110 a head (plus tip). Our waiter was charming and the service overall was excellent. We did not feel rushed at all and there was a good interval between courses. I booked for 6pm which meant we had a good pick of tables and we settled into a romantic booth in the corner. I had the risotto, duck and frozen lime mousse and my boyfriend had a salad, tuna filet mignon and espresso fudge cake. The flavours of the ingredients complimented each other beautifully. Neither of us had wine so can't comment on the selection. There is good reason this is considered by many to be one of NYC's best restaurants although there are several in this price range which offer a similar level of quality.

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★★★★★

We came here for dinner on my boyfriend's birthday and had a three course meal including coffee and liquors which worked out at approx $110 a head (plus tip). Our waiter was charming and the service overall was excellent. We did not feel rushed at all and there was a good interval between courses. I booked for 6pm which meant we had a good pick of tables and we settled into a romantic booth in the corner. I had the risotto, duck and frozen lime mousse and my boyfriend had a salad, tuna filet mignon and espresso fudge cake. The flavours of the ingredients complimented each other beautifully. Neither of us had wine so can't comment on the selection. There is good reason this is considered by many to be one of NYC's best restaurants although there are several in this price range which offer a similar level of quality.

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A month later, and I still can't stop gushing about USC. And I can't wait to go back. Food was absolutely exquisite -- the best foie gras I've ever had, hands down. My boyfriend ordered the shell steak, and it was perfection, simply seasoned with salt/pepper/garlic powder. Service was warm and friendly, and completely unpretentious unlikes some of the other top restaurants in New York.

I have to say that my dinner at USC was my best dining experience yet, despite the fact that I lived in the SF Bay Area (another food mecca) for my first 26 years, and after having dined in some of the finest restaurantst in Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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★★★★★

A month later, and I still can't stop gushing about USC. And I can't wait to go back. Food was absolutely exquisite -- the best foie gras I've ever had, hands down. My boyfriend ordered the shell steak, and it was perfection, simply seasoned with salt/pepper/garlic powder. Service was warm and friendly, and completely unpretentious unlikes some of the other top restaurants in New York.

I have to say that my dinner at USC was my best dining experience yet, despite the fact that I lived in the SF Bay Area (another food mecca) for my first 26 years, and after having dined in some of the finest restaurantst in Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Had to wait

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Had dinner at UnSquaCaf last night with my girlfriend, my brother, and his fiancee. Fantastic food and wine all around, especially the duck. Huge portions the side dishes themselves could be meals. Service was excellent (with one minor gaffe), entertaining, and gracious. The restaurant's decor leaves something to be desired one could argue that it's downright ugly, but I say it's simply boring. Other than that, a terrific experience.

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★★★★★

Had dinner at UnSquaCaf last night with my girlfriend, my brother, and his fiancee. Fantastic food and wine all around, especially the duck. Huge portions the side dishes themselves could be meals. Service was excellent (with one minor gaffe), entertaining, and gracious. The restaurant's decor leaves something to be desired one could argue that it's downright ugly, but I say it's simply boring. Other than that, a terrific experience.

Pros: Portions, Service, Wine

Cons: Decor

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My daughter and I had dinner here on Sunday night and had a very nice meal and evening. We were seated in a small area to the left of the bar and it was quiet enough to carry on a good converation. The meal was delicious from the cocktails to the dessert. The staff is very professional and friendly.

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★★★★★

My daughter and I had dinner here on Sunday night and had a very nice meal and evening. We were seated in a small area to the left of the bar and it was quiet enough to carry on a good converation. The meal was delicious from the cocktails to the dessert. The staff is very professional and friendly.

Pros: food, service, ambience

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There is no question that USC is one of NYC's top restaurants. I have been to restaurants around the world, and this is in my top 5. Menu is simple, but each item is an all-star. Don't miss the Gnocchi Appetizer or the Oysters of the day. Make sure you get there early and enjoy a cocktail at the bar. They have quality beer and a fantastic wine list. A bit pricy, but worth every penny. If you like this try their other spots across NYC.

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★★★★★

There is no question that USC is one of NYC's top restaurants. I have been to restaurants around the world, and this is in my top 5. Menu is simple, but each item is an all-star. Don't miss the Gnocchi Appetizer or the Oysters of the day. Make sure you get there early and enjoy a cocktail at the bar. They have quality beer and a fantastic wine list. A bit pricy, but worth every penny. If you like this try their other spots across NYC.

Pros: Waitstaff, Wine List

Cons: None

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This has got to be one of the most overrated and pretentious restaurants I have ever experienced. The overwhelmingly glowing reviews are totally baffling to me. One of the previous reviewers, who stated that the food was over-salted, was absolutely correct. It is also uninspired and uncreative. The desserts, which get particularly high praise, were assembly-line quality. I can think of dozens of restaurant where one's money can be much better spent.

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★☆☆☆☆

This has got to be one of the most overrated and pretentious restaurants I have ever experienced. The overwhelmingly glowing reviews are totally baffling to me. One of the previous reviewers, who stated that the food was over-salted, was absolutely correct. It is also uninspired and uncreative. The desserts, which get particularly high praise, were assembly-line quality. I can think of dozens of restaurant where one's money can be much better spent.

Pros: OK ambience

Cons: Uninspired food, Poor value, Blase service

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Everything that you've heard about USC is true. Every bite of the food will excite you. The service is exceptional, and the wine list reads like a wine snob's Christmas wish list. For example, the dessert menu contains '63, '77, and '85 Taylor Fladgate Porto and several vintages of Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes. As I collect various '85 port vintages, I was impressed. There is an exceptional attention to detail at USC. My companion's fish came with sliced avocado. USC has a cold smoker and smoked the avocado in order to make the dish more complex. It works. Although some may think USC is a bit pricey, when the food is this good, it's a bargain at twice the price. No wonder USC is rated consistently as one of the top two restaurants by Zagats.

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★★★★★

Everything that you've heard about USC is true. Every bite of the food will excite you. The service is exceptional, and the wine list reads like a wine snob's Christmas wish list. For example, the dessert menu contains '63, '77, and '85 Taylor Fladgate Porto and several vintages of Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes. As I collect various '85 port vintages, I was impressed. There is an exceptional attention to detail at USC. My companion's fish came with sliced avocado. USC has a cold smoker and smoked the avocado in order to make the dish more complex. It works. Although some may think USC is a bit pricey, when the food is this good, it's a bargain at twice the price. No wonder USC is rated consistently as one of the top two restaurants by Zagats.

Pros: food, food, food

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Union Square Cafe is an enduring allstar. I was blown away when I heard that it was celebrating it's twenty year birthday this upcoming October. I have been dining at USC for some time now, and am continually blown away by it's consistant excellence. New Chef de Cuisine, Carmen Quagliata really knows how to cook traditional Italian Greenmarket fare, he is a perfect compliment to Michael Romano. The Bar staff and Dining Room Staff are truly caring and go out of their way to meet your needs. Now I know why it is always packed!

p.s. one of the best priced wine lists in New York City

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★★★★★

Union Square Cafe is an enduring allstar. I was blown away when I heard that it was celebrating it's twenty year birthday this upcoming October. I have been dining at USC for some time now, and am continually blown away by it's consistant excellence. New Chef de Cuisine, Carmen Quagliata really knows how to cook traditional Italian Greenmarket fare, he is a perfect compliment to Michael Romano. The Bar staff and Dining Room Staff are truly caring and go out of their way to meet your needs. Now I know why it is always packed!

p.s. one of the best priced wine lists in New York City

Pros: waitstaff, food, wine list

Cons: decor

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While the Union Square Cafe perennially sits at or close to the top of the lists of Manhattan restaurants, I am not sure if it still lives up to its superlative rankings. Certainly, the food is very good. But among the very best in NYC? I don't think so. USCs menu offerings are not unique compared to other top NYC restaurants. While I understand that USC is a "cafe", and therefore can be given some slack on issues such as the amateurish utensils, marginal decor and a robotic, uninspired wait staff (who seemed to pay more attention to perfecting the settings of recently vacated tables than to the existing customers), I still have to say that the gushing reviews in Zagat lead to undeserved expectations. That is not to say I wouldn't go to USC again -- I would. But take it off the A+ list, it doesn't belong there.

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★★★☆☆

While the Union Square Cafe perennially sits at or close to the top of the lists of Manhattan restaurants, I am not sure if it still lives up to its superlative rankings. Certainly, the food is very good. But among the very best in NYC? I don't think so. USCs menu offerings are not unique compared to other top NYC restaurants. While I understand that USC is a "cafe", and therefore can be given some slack on issues such as the amateurish utensils, marginal decor and a robotic, uninspired wait staff (who seemed to pay more attention to perfecting the settings of recently vacated tables than to the existing customers), I still have to say that the gushing reviews in Zagat lead to undeserved expectations. That is not to say I wouldn't go to USC again -- I would. But take it off the A+ list, it doesn't belong there.

Pros: Prompt seating, Good Value, Great Area

Cons: Waitstaff, Decor, Menu Variety

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Union Square Cafe is in a great location to grab a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee. The atmosphere is very easy going and laid back. The cafe is always filled with young college students who are reading which is nice to see.

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★★★☆☆

Union Square Cafe is in a great location to grab a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee. The atmosphere is very easy going and laid back. The cafe is always filled with young college students who are reading which is nice to see.

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I like this type of business because while you can enjoy a typical cup of coffee ,you may meet new friends!
it is very good to eat here because it is not expensive at all and has a familiar fun.

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★★★★☆

I like this type of business because while you can enjoy a typical cup of coffee ,you may meet new friends!
it is very good to eat here because it is not expensive at all and has a familiar fun.

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The Union Square Cafe has a great menu and drinks. Located in Union square, perfect spot to grab a bite after getting some shopping done or after taking a stroll in the park. The farmer's market is a nice attraction as well.

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★★★★☆

The Union Square Cafe has a great menu and drinks. Located in Union square, perfect spot to grab a bite after getting some shopping done or after taking a stroll in the park. The farmer's market is a nice attraction as well.

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their food is always consistantly good. from start to the end. but what make this restaurant so special? management staffs offer the best service.. wait staffs are friendly but you walk into the restaurant with smiling faces of management staffs that it almost makes wait staffs look angry. i really like this restaurant . good food and great service!

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★★★★☆

their food is always consistantly good. from start to the end. but what make this restaurant so special? management staffs offer the best service.. wait staffs are friendly but you walk into the restaurant with smiling faces of management staffs that it almost makes wait staffs look angry. i really like this restaurant . good food and great service!

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While the food was superb, my wife and I were greeted by a rude host who accused me of making a reservation at another restaurant. Went on to tell me that I did not leave my first name only for a reservation and that their restaurant only took last names. This was not the case. I was given a reservation earier in the day, by a female other than the male host, but waited for 45 minutes for my table. Very smug and pretentious. We started off on the wrong foot which left us both very uncomfortable. We still spent over $300. If I wasn't hung up on the mystique, we would have walked.

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★★★★☆

While the food was superb, my wife and I were greeted by a rude host who accused me of making a reservation at another restaurant. Went on to tell me that I did not leave my first name only for a reservation and that their restaurant only took last names. This was not the case. I was given a reservation earier in the day, by a female other than the male host, but waited for 45 minutes for my table. Very smug and pretentious. We started off on the wrong foot which left us both very uncomfortable. We still spent over $300. If I wasn't hung up on the mystique, we would have walked.

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Pretty much all I had hoped to find in one of the most successful and long-standing restaurants in NYC. Don't miss the calamari--it will set a new standard. The fettucine al tartufo was simple and delicious. Also great: the yellowfin tuna burger. Pumpkin upside down cake was a delight, and the day's special dessert, cappucino panna cotta, was a fine example of what panna cotta should be.

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★★★★★

Pretty much all I had hoped to find in one of the most successful and long-standing restaurants in NYC. Don't miss the calamari--it will set a new standard. The fettucine al tartufo was simple and delicious. Also great: the yellowfin tuna burger. Pumpkin upside down cake was a delight, and the day's special dessert, cappucino panna cotta, was a fine example of what panna cotta should be.

Pros: Food, Service

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The service is by far the best in the city. Extremely nice and well informed. The food is excellent. Highly recommend the venison. And don't forget to get the garlic potato chips. Make sure to save room for dessert. Incredible selection and delicious.

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★★★★★

The service is by far the best in the city. Extremely nice and well informed. The food is excellent. Highly recommend the venison. And don't forget to get the garlic potato chips. Make sure to save room for dessert. Incredible selection and delicious.

Pros: Food, Service

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I come to New York every year for the Marathon and spend alot of time checking restaurants on citysearch and the zagat guide. This has to be the best restaurant that I have eaten in so far. The food was fantastic and the service was just right, not too pushy. We had two bottles of wine and two courses and our meal came to about $70 each, well worth it considering that we usually spend this and above and have had meals that come nowhere near this quality.

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★★★★★

I come to New York every year for the Marathon and spend alot of time checking restaurants on citysearch and the zagat guide. This has to be the best restaurant that I have eaten in so far. The food was fantastic and the service was just right, not too pushy. We had two bottles of wine and two courses and our meal came to about $70 each, well worth it considering that we usually spend this and above and have had meals that come nowhere near this quality.

Pros: food, service, restaurant layout

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Went for dinner and the service seemed a lil off compared to lunch. Pasta dishes were excellent as usual however, I had to send my entree back... it was corrected and my desert, the pear crisp, was delicious...

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★★★★☆

Went for dinner and the service seemed a lil off compared to lunch. Pasta dishes were excellent as usual however, I had to send my entree back... it was corrected and my desert, the pear crisp, was delicious...

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The first feather in Danny Meyer's cap, Union Square cafe remains a polished place to eat---from the greeting to the checkroom to the bar to the waiters to the kitchen to the wines to the art on the walls. Culinary director/co-owner…

 

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