Union Square Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 21 E 16th St

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-243-4020

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  • $$$$
  • Brunch
  • Business Dining
  • Dine At The Bar
  • Local Favorite
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Online Reservations
  • Prix Fixe Menu
  • Special Occasion Dining
  • Casual
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I had the chance to eat there twice in the past few weeks...great experience both times! Service was among the best in the city, attentive, kind, friendly and HELPFUL!!! Anticipated the needs of the guests, and never once had to ask for anything because it showed automatically. Food flavors were wonderfully tasty and well presented. Friends raved about the lobster shepard's pie, I LOVED the appetizer of roasted corn and proscuitto...save room for dessert...you'll want to linger in this most wonderful atmosphere--its been a long time since you've been pampered so well in a resturant. Run, do not walk! Make reservations....

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★★★★★

I had the chance to eat there twice in the past few weeks...great experience both times! Service was among the best in the city, attentive, kind, friendly and HELPFUL!!! Anticipated the needs of the guests, and never once had to ask for anything because it showed automatically. Food flavors were wonderfully tasty and well presented. Friends raved about the lobster shepard's pie, I LOVED the appetizer of roasted corn and proscuitto...save room for dessert...you'll want to linger in this most wonderful atmosphere--its been a long time since you've been pampered so well in a resturant. Run, do not walk! Make reservations....

Pros: Great Warm Service, YUMMY flavors, swell ambiance

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I came to Union Square Cafe for a co-workers birthday luncheon and was extremely impressed. The high ceilings and table setup add to a very nice ambience. Our food was delicious! Try the calamari! The best part was the service. Our waitress was around just enough. When ordering someone casually said to the birthday girl that she should go ahead and order anything on her special day. The waitress made a mental note about it and brought out a special dessert without being asked. On the house! It was a great added touch.

2
★★★★★

I came to Union Square Cafe for a co-workers birthday luncheon and was extremely impressed. The high ceilings and table setup add to a very nice ambience. Our food was delicious! Try the calamari! The best part was the service. Our waitress was around just enough. When ordering someone casually said to the birthday girl that she should go ahead and order anything on her special day. The waitress made a mental note about it and brought out a special dessert without being asked. On the house! It was a great added touch.

Pros: Service, Right Size Portions, Decor

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Awesome food and professional service; I have been there several times, but I have never been disappointed. They have a great wine list, and the waiting staff really know their dishes. If you aren't too sure what to order, they are more than ready to give you great recommendations.

2
★★★★★

Awesome food and professional service; I have been there several times, but I have never been disappointed. They have a great wine list, and the waiting staff really know their dishes. If you aren't too sure what to order, they are more than ready to give you great recommendations.

Pros: awesome food, great service

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There is a reason why this place has been #1 or #2 in Zagat's the past few years in popularity. USQ was one of the best dining experiences I have had in NY and I have been to many of the big boys (Le Cirque, River Cafe, Town, etc.) Sure it took me a little while to be seated but the place was packed on a Saturday afternoon before show time. I had an expertly made (if pricey) T&T at the bar and waited to be seated. Once seated, the service was excellent and every single item ordered was absolutely incredible. Anyone who reviewed USQ and didn't like the food either doesn't know food or they caught an off day. This place is truly one of NYC's must dine at restaurants.

2
★★★★☆

There is a reason why this place has been #1 or #2 in Zagat's the past few years in popularity. USQ was one of the best dining experiences I have had in NY and I have been to many of the big boys (Le Cirque, River Cafe, Town, etc.) Sure it took me a little while to be seated but the place was packed on a Saturday afternoon before show time. I had an expertly made (if pricey) T&T at the bar and waited to be seated. Once seated, the service was excellent and every single item ordered was absolutely incredible. Anyone who reviewed USQ and didn't like the food either doesn't know food or they caught an off day. This place is truly one of NYC's must dine at restaurants.

Pros: Food, Wine List

Cons: , Parking

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Elegant restaurant in great neighborhood. Fantastic food and extensive wine list. Call far in advance, difficult to get reservations.

5
★★★★★

Elegant restaurant in great neighborhood. Fantastic food and extensive wine list. Call far in advance, difficult to get reservations.

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As I entered the restaurant and paused to look at the menu, another patron said don't bother looking, everything is wonderful. It was a joy to be greeted by such friendly, helpful staff, right down to the coat check girl. The waiter was also friendly and helpful with my menu selections. The butternut squash ravioli melted in my mouth. The lamb chops, although thin, were the best I've ever had. The price / value is unbelievable for NYC. I'm a believer!

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★★★★★

As I entered the restaurant and paused to look at the menu, another patron said don't bother looking, everything is wonderful. It was a joy to be greeted by such friendly, helpful staff, right down to the coat check girl. The waiter was also friendly and helpful with my menu selections. The butternut squash ravioli melted in my mouth. The lamb chops, although thin, were the best I've ever had. The price / value is unbelievable for NYC. I'm a believer!

Pros: awesome service, awesome food, awesome price

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High prices for poor quality food and extremely poor service-- we were really disappointed, given the reviews. But-- the waiter was a handsome guy, and the dining room is a handsome dining room, so if you care very much about appearances and not at all about what you're eating, this is the place for you. If you care even a little bit about the food, your money could be better spent almost anywhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

High prices for poor quality food and extremely poor service-- we were really disappointed, given the reviews. But-- the waiter was a handsome guy, and the dining room is a handsome dining room, so if you care very much about appearances and not at all about what you're eating, this is the place for you. If you care even a little bit about the food, your money could be better spent almost anywhere.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: food, service

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This place is ok, but for the price the cuisine is somewhat boring. I doubt that this is the place for a hamburger or tuna sandwich, although expensive versions of these are on the lunch menu. My seafood was a bit too salty and the desserts were decent, like the warm banana tart, but nothing to rave about. The wine list is good.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is ok, but for the price the cuisine is somewhat boring. I doubt that this is the place for a hamburger or tuna sandwich, although expensive versions of these are on the lunch menu. My seafood was a bit too salty and the desserts were decent, like the warm banana tart, but nothing to rave about. The wine list is good.

Pros: Service, Wine List, Decor

Cons: Food, Expensive

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Not the greatest restaurant in town, but certainly in the top percentile. Staff are lovely if a bit green and or jaded (no middle ground that I've seen). Food is always consistent, comfort oriented and the wine list is superb. Crowd can be a bit of a pain (a lot of self importance in the air). I prefer to sit at the bar as I don't have to listen to loud, boring conversations from the next table who always seem to be friends of the owner. Def a place I return to from time to time, but not as often as I could.

2
★★★★☆

Not the greatest restaurant in town, but certainly in the top percentile. Staff are lovely if a bit green and or jaded (no middle ground that I've seen). Food is always consistent, comfort oriented and the wine list is superb. Crowd can be a bit of a pain (a lot of self importance in the air). I prefer to sit at the bar as I don't have to listen to loud, boring conversations from the next table who always seem to be friends of the owner. Def a place I return to from time to time, but not as often as I could.

Pros: service, wine list, food

Cons: clientele, staff, reputation

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Though pricey, you can't beat the Union Square Cafe for a classy lunch. Try the tuna burger - it's incredible.

2
★★★★★

Though pricey, you can't beat the Union Square Cafe for a classy lunch. Try the tuna burger - it's incredible.

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definatley one of my favorite restuarants in the city. the decor is quite simple, but you never feel stuffy or uneasy. the food is excellent and well prepared and everything on the menu was great. i dont know what the prior review meant when he/she said that the desserts werent that good, because the dish with carmelized bananas as well as the warm chocolate cake were to die for. maybe you do have a very simple palate? but blue water grill is absolutley no comparison b/c i've eaten there as well and the food was just mediocre at best.

2
★★★★★

definatley one of my favorite restuarants in the city. the decor is quite simple, but you never feel stuffy or uneasy. the food is excellent and well prepared and everything on the menu was great. i dont know what the prior review meant when he/she said that the desserts werent that good, because the dish with carmelized bananas as well as the warm chocolate cake were to die for. maybe you do have a very simple palate? but blue water grill is absolutley no comparison b/c i've eaten there as well and the food was just mediocre at best.

Pros: warm service, excellent food, best desserts

Cons: price

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Went there for lunch. Outstanding! (and a somewhat cheaper option than dinner). Food was excellent. Good size portions. Good wine list. Service was impeccable. Very nice ambiance. Not stuffy, and not too loud.

Brought the kids and the waitstaff treated them like regular customers (though a few patrons gave some disapproving glances).

2
★★★★★

Went there for lunch. Outstanding! (and a somewhat cheaper option than dinner). Food was excellent. Good size portions. Good wine list. Service was impeccable. Very nice ambiance. Not stuffy, and not too loud.

Brought the kids and the waitstaff treated them like regular customers (though a few patrons gave some disapproving glances).

Pros: excellent food, excellent service

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My visit to Union Square Cafe could be termed a very well-executed dining experience. Although the cuisine was not exceptionally imaginative or innovative, everything was very thoughtfully prepared and there it was clear that there was great attention to detail. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful in making some tough decisions with a menu loaded with appetizing selections. While the appetizers were somewhat run of the mill, many of the entrees were excellent. In particular, the lamb chops and the steak for 2 special were very moist and tasty. The desserts were perhaps the most creative aspect of the meal. The mint-chocolate icebox cake was terrific, as was a chocolate tart. All in all, USC was a great experience and I will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

My visit to Union Square Cafe could be termed a very well-executed dining experience. Although the cuisine was not exceptionally imaginative or innovative, everything was very thoughtfully prepared and there it was clear that there was great attention to detail. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful in making some tough decisions with a menu loaded with appetizing selections. While the appetizers were somewhat run of the mill, many of the entrees were excellent. In particular, the lamb chops and the steak for 2 special were very moist and tasty. The desserts were perhaps the most creative aspect of the meal. The mint-chocolate icebox cake was terrific, as was a chocolate tart. All in all, USC was a great experience and I will definitely go back.

Pros: Good food, Attentive staff, Laid-back

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We saw on televsion that there is a note from the chef if you get leftovers...we ate there hoping to get a note with our leftovers only to find out there was none. The food was very expensive and tasted so so. For such a famous place they had very few choices on the menu. The menu only pleases a fancy palate but not for the average person. Desserts were too exotic and for chocolate lovers like ourselves there was nothing on the menu to satisfy. We headed next door to Blue Water Grill for dessert and ended up having dessert in the cocktail area. The waitress was extremely nice and stayed with us to chat. The dessert was good and we will go back again to try dinner also. Will not go back to Union Square.

1
★★☆☆☆

We saw on televsion that there is a note from the chef if you get leftovers...we ate there hoping to get a note with our leftovers only to find out there was none. The food was very expensive and tasted so so. For such a famous place they had very few choices on the menu. The menu only pleases a fancy palate but not for the average person. Desserts were too exotic and for chocolate lovers like ourselves there was nothing on the menu to satisfy. We headed next door to Blue Water Grill for dessert and ended up having dessert in the cocktail area. The waitress was extremely nice and stayed with us to chat. The dessert was good and we will go back again to try dinner also. Will not go back to Union Square.

Pros: Clean

Cons: Bad food, Noisy, Expensive

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I recently went to Union Square Cafe for the first time and I loved it. I liked the atmosphere and the friendly service. I also liked the food. I had an amazing salad with dijon dressing and my boyfriend had the most amazing pasta with a black truffle butter sauce. It was so amazing, he ordered another. I had a wonderful smoked steak with great mashed potatoes and for dessert I had the lemon ice box cake which was amazing!! Our waiter was the best and he brought us another dessert on the house. I think this place is much better than Gramercy Tavern and I will definitely be going back!

2
★★★★★

I recently went to Union Square Cafe for the first time and I loved it. I liked the atmosphere and the friendly service. I also liked the food. I had an amazing salad with dijon dressing and my boyfriend had the most amazing pasta with a black truffle butter sauce. It was so amazing, he ordered another. I had a wonderful smoked steak with great mashed potatoes and for dessert I had the lemon ice box cake which was amazing!! Our waiter was the best and he brought us another dessert on the house. I think this place is much better than Gramercy Tavern and I will definitely be going back!

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

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Our dinner was one of the best dining experiences we have had in NYC. Wonderful service, knowledgeable advice about the menu and wine list, and the food was great! Definitely more American than French, the hearty lamb and rabbit dishes were perfect for a cold winter evening.

2
★★★★★

Our dinner was one of the best dining experiences we have had in NYC. Wonderful service, knowledgeable advice about the menu and wine list, and the food was great! Definitely more American than French, the hearty lamb and rabbit dishes were perfect for a cold winter evening.

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Union Square Cafe has a great atmosphere and the food's presentation was magnificent. The service was prompt and friendly. You must try the Steamed Chocolate Cake for dessert. It melts in your mouth and you will beg for more. I almost ordered another one.

2
★★★★★

Union Square Cafe has a great atmosphere and the food's presentation was magnificent. The service was prompt and friendly. You must try the Steamed Chocolate Cake for dessert. It melts in your mouth and you will beg for more. I almost ordered another one.

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For "upscale comfort food", this place still has a warm ambiance and nice staff. However, food and service have gotten a bit sloppy. We waited 20+ minutes for our 9pm Friday reservations. In the meantime, the bartender made us marvelous, perfectly-mixed drinks. While the oysters were beautiful, the risotto was a bit on the bland side. Unfortunately, the duck special was too tough despite being still rare and bloody/pink. They also brought us the wrong dessert (I was deathly allergic to the nuts in the one they brought), but they were kind enough not to charge us for it -- since it almost killed me. The staff is still very nice, but certainly not as attentive to detail as they have been in the past. Most disappointing was that the food didn't live up to its usual high standards -- but it was still, admittedly, good-tasting despite its shortcomings.

2
★★★★☆

For "upscale comfort food", this place still has a warm ambiance and nice staff. However, food and service have gotten a bit sloppy. We waited 20+ minutes for our 9pm Friday reservations. In the meantime, the bartender made us marvelous, perfectly-mixed drinks. While the oysters were beautiful, the risotto was a bit on the bland side. Unfortunately, the duck special was too tough despite being still rare and bloody/pink. They also brought us the wrong dessert (I was deathly allergic to the nuts in the one they brought), but they were kind enough not to charge us for it -- since it almost killed me. The staff is still very nice, but certainly not as attentive to detail as they have been in the past. Most disappointing was that the food didn't live up to its usual high standards -- but it was still, admittedly, good-tasting despite its shortcomings.

Pros: bartender

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Every now and then someone on CitySearch writes a scathing review of USC. I can't help but wonder if they ate at the same restaurant I have. I've eaten at Union Square numerous times and can say without reservation that it is one of my absolute favorites. I have never experienced anything but wonderful food and excellent service. In fact, I find the wait staff to be some of the most down-to-earth and well-trained people in the business.

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★★★★★

Every now and then someone on CitySearch writes a scathing review of USC. I can't help but wonder if they ate at the same restaurant I have. I've eaten at Union Square numerous times and can say without reservation that it is one of my absolute favorites. I have never experienced anything but wonderful food and excellent service. In fact, I find the wait staff to be some of the most down-to-earth and well-trained people in the business.

Pros: Excellent Service, Wonderful Food, No Attitude

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Simply the best. From the coats and ties to jeans they all fit in here. Service impeccable. No reservations,then eat at the bar. The food extraordinary.

2
★★★★★

Simply the best. From the coats and ties to jeans they all fit in here. Service impeccable. No reservations,then eat at the bar. The food extraordinary.

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with so many choices it is hard to believe this restaurant still gets rave reviews. Only thing best about Union Square is the negative attitude of the wait staff. Food far from wonderful.

1
★★☆☆☆

with so many choices it is hard to believe this restaurant still gets rave reviews. Only thing best about Union Square is the negative attitude of the wait staff. Food far from wonderful.

Cons: bad value, dated decor

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For people that call Union Square Carfe "boring" or "dull" I suspect that they are more interested in a trendy scene than an incredible dining experience. Union Square Cafe is the PARADIGM of good service. I'm so comfortable and at home there. The food is delicious (it never claimed to be Jean Georges) and an incredible value for the money. And the wine list is OUT OF THIS WORLD--small, but comprehensive and extremely reasonably priced. I once saw a bottle of wine priced at $230 on USC's menu that was over $700 on Danielle's menu. The staff is amazing and clearly genuinely care that you have a good experience. Dining out should be an all-encompasing experience that includes food, wine, service, and a warm, happy glow when you leave. USC accomplishes all that and more.

2
★★★★★

For people that call Union Square Carfe "boring" or "dull" I suspect that they are more interested in a trendy scene than an incredible dining experience. Union Square Cafe is the PARADIGM of good service. I'm so comfortable and at home there. The food is delicious (it never claimed to be Jean Georges) and an incredible value for the money. And the wine list is OUT OF THIS WORLD--small, but comprehensive and extremely reasonably priced. I once saw a bottle of wine priced at $230 on USC's menu that was over $700 on Danielle's menu. The staff is amazing and clearly genuinely care that you have a good experience. Dining out should be an all-encompasing experience that includes food, wine, service, and a warm, happy glow when you leave. USC accomplishes all that and more.

Pros: service, value

Cons: reservations!

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Good place to meet friends. Not the greatest food bu heck it is in Union Square. Loud spot but good people watching.

2
★★★★☆

Good place to meet friends. Not the greatest food bu heck it is in Union Square. Loud spot but good people watching.

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This place is fine and certainly doesn't deserves the praise of "one of the best restaurants around." The menu is dull-American and there plenty of better places to go if you want a $60 dinner.

2
★★★★☆

This place is fine and certainly doesn't deserves the praise of "one of the best restaurants around." The menu is dull-American and there plenty of better places to go if you want a $60 dinner.

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We have dined at great reataurants around the world, many in NYC. This is amongst the best. The service and staff are just a delight. When questioning our server about a certain dish, she kindly brought over the Union Sq. Cafe recipe book so that I could copy the ingredients! The food is eclectic and well executed. After so many years, it still is a treat to dine there.

2
★★★★★

We have dined at great reataurants around the world, many in NYC. This is amongst the best. The service and staff are just a delight. When questioning our server about a certain dish, she kindly brought over the Union Sq. Cafe recipe book so that I could copy the ingredients! The food is eclectic and well executed. After so many years, it still is a treat to dine there.

Pros: service, food variety, well priced

Cons: a bit noisy

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I was disappointed in this restaurant. The service was pretty bad (waiter forgot drinks, kept us waiting forever between courses and for the bill), and the atmosphere was nothing special. It would be a good place to bring your parents but is not great for a date. The food was, however, very good. I had a fantastic tomato salad and some delicious tuna. I love the fact that a lot of the shopping is done at the greenmarket across the street. Nice enough restaurant, but I can't see why it's Zagat's "Most Popular Restaurant" in NYC.

2
★★★★☆

I was disappointed in this restaurant. The service was pretty bad (waiter forgot drinks, kept us waiting forever between courses and for the bill), and the atmosphere was nothing special. It would be a good place to bring your parents but is not great for a date. The food was, however, very good. I had a fantastic tomato salad and some delicious tuna. I love the fact that a lot of the shopping is done at the greenmarket across the street. Nice enough restaurant, but I can't see why it's Zagat's "Most Popular Restaurant" in NYC.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Dull atmosphere, Poor service

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This place has a great atmosphere, and if you request a table, it can be great for large groups. They sat about 12 of us at a huge round table in a separate room and we had a blast. The bar is filled with hot, well dressed guys... but the waitresses looked like they were all dressed to go clubbing and didnt provide very good service.

2
★★★★☆

This place has a great atmosphere, and if you request a table, it can be great for large groups. They sat about 12 of us at a huge round table in a separate room and we had a blast. The bar is filled with hot, well dressed guys... but the waitresses looked like they were all dressed to go clubbing and didnt provide very good service.

Pros: ambiance, location, bar

Cons: service

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It would be hard for any restaurant as heralded as Union Square Cafe to live up to its monumental reputation. Gladly, though, USC delivers in spades. We were seated immediately, and began a wonderful dining experience that was never hurried by brusque staff. On the contrary, USC's sterling rep is earned as much by the incredible wait-staff as by the delicious food. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny.

2
★★★★★

It would be hard for any restaurant as heralded as Union Square Cafe to live up to its monumental reputation. Gladly, though, USC delivers in spades. We were seated immediately, and began a wonderful dining experience that was never hurried by brusque staff. On the contrary, USC's sterling rep is earned as much by the incredible wait-staff as by the delicious food. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience

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You will nver walk away disappointed only wanting to go back. A must dining experience. From the Door to dessert you will fall in love with the Union Square. A must have is the creamy Pollenta. Great Bar for lunch if you can get a chair.

2
★★★★★

You will nver walk away disappointed only wanting to go back. A must dining experience. From the Door to dessert you will fall in love with the Union Square. A must have is the creamy Pollenta. Great Bar for lunch if you can get a chair.

Pros: Service, Wine List, Price

Cons: Reservations a must

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This was my first visit to the most popular restaurant in NYC and I was so impressed. The service was great, our waiter brought us an appetizer on the house because he felt we just had to try it, and he overheard us say it was my fiances birthday and brought us a dessert with a candle and decorated plate. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the tomato and got cheese salad and the lamb chops. Deserves every high rating!

2
★★★★★

This was my first visit to the most popular restaurant in NYC and I was so impressed. The service was great, our waiter brought us an appetizer on the house because he felt we just had to try it, and he overheard us say it was my fiances birthday and brought us a dessert with a candle and decorated plate. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the tomato and got cheese salad and the lamb chops. Deserves every high rating!

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I recently ate here for the second time in two months. It is so refreshing to eat at a restaurant that does not need to be trendy or self-important to attract diners, but instead can rely on the quality of its menu and its unbeatable service. This is what dining is all about!

2
★★★★☆

I recently ate here for the second time in two months. It is so refreshing to eat at a restaurant that does not need to be trendy or self-important to attract diners, but instead can rely on the quality of its menu and its unbeatable service. This is what dining is all about!

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one of the best meals i have had in a long time. The service was fantastic and the whole evening was fantastic. Cannot wait to go back!!

2
★★★★★

one of the best meals i have had in a long time. The service was fantastic and the whole evening was fantastic. Cannot wait to go back!!

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After all the reviews and the recent review from Grimes, I expected to have the meal of my life. What I got instead was decent food, served by a very well trained, but impersonal staff.

My table order four desserts, the fig tart was really disapointing, two were average at best and one was worth the calories.

Perhaps my disappointment was an expectation that I was going to one of the best restaurants in the City, what I got was an over-rated, over-priced average meal.

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★★★☆☆

After all the reviews and the recent review from Grimes, I expected to have the meal of my life. What I got instead was decent food, served by a very well trained, but impersonal staff.

My table order four desserts, the fig tart was really disapointing, two were average at best and one was worth the calories.

Perhaps my disappointment was an expectation that I was going to one of the best restaurants in the City, what I got was an over-rated, over-priced average meal.

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Incredible dishes, beautiful atmosphere and casual enough to really enjoy!!

2
★★★★★

Incredible dishes, beautiful atmosphere and casual enough to really enjoy!!

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It's become the yearly spot for "birthday dinners"! The food is great, the menu is FULL of great choices, there's something for everyone.
You won't be dissapointed!

2
★★★★★

It's become the yearly spot for "birthday dinners"! The food is great, the menu is FULL of great choices, there's something for everyone.
You won't be dissapointed!

Pros: Great parking, Lots of variety

Cons: Relatively small, Hard to get Reserv.

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Best overall experience in a Manhattan restaurant. Food was in the category of "to die for". Service was very friendly, professional and prompt. Recommendations were right on the mark. It was solid all the way around. The total experience was more than the sum of its parts.

2
★★★★★

Best overall experience in a Manhattan restaurant. Food was in the category of "to die for". Service was very friendly, professional and prompt. Recommendations were right on the mark. It was solid all the way around. The total experience was more than the sum of its parts.

Pros: Friendly, Comfortable

Cons: Men's room

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I came to USC expecting a phenomenal experience. What I found was rude and blase service (it took forty minutes to even order a drink at 10:00 at night), so-so food, and an overall mediocre dinner. I'm from Seattle and work in the restaurant industry, and assumed that for being so highly rated on Zagat's (and owned by Danny Meyer) this place should have been outstanding. Not so. I ate at several other places while I was in town, and have to say that this was by far the most dissapointing. I'll take the restaurants in the Emerald City over this place any time....

0
★☆☆☆☆

I came to USC expecting a phenomenal experience. What I found was rude and blase service (it took forty minutes to even order a drink at 10:00 at night), so-so food, and an overall mediocre dinner. I'm from Seattle and work in the restaurant industry, and assumed that for being so highly rated on Zagat's (and owned by Danny Meyer) this place should have been outstanding. Not so. I ate at several other places while I was in town, and have to say that this was by far the most dissapointing. I'll take the restaurants in the Emerald City over this place any time....

Pros: Nicely decorated

Cons: Snotty Waiters, Mediocre Food

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I took my fiance to USC for his birthday, and it was spectacular! We each had an appetizer, entree, and dessert, and every item was sensational! I am not one to spend $100 on a meal, but it was worth every penny, and I hope to eat there again soon. Be sure to try the black bean soup, Fried Chicken (Friday special), and Tuna Filet Mignon. Also, the service was well above par- they were extremely knowledgable, friendly, and efficient.

2
★★★★★

I took my fiance to USC for his birthday, and it was spectacular! We each had an appetizer, entree, and dessert, and every item was sensational! I am not one to spend $100 on a meal, but it was worth every penny, and I hope to eat there again soon. Be sure to try the black bean soup, Fried Chicken (Friday special), and Tuna Filet Mignon. Also, the service was well above par- they were extremely knowledgable, friendly, and efficient.

Pros: Food, Service, Location

Cons: Price

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After hearing the raves about Union Square Cafe, I decided to make a reservation there for a special night out with my boyfriend who was visiting from out-of-town. Maybe it was an off night, but we were less than impressed with this restaurant. We waited over 30 minutes to get our drinks (which were brought over my the manager) and we could not find anyhting that looked interesting on the menu. Next time I want to blow over $150 I won't be heading to this over-priced and not to mention pretentious place.

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★★★☆☆

After hearing the raves about Union Square Cafe, I decided to make a reservation there for a special night out with my boyfriend who was visiting from out-of-town. Maybe it was an off night, but we were less than impressed with this restaurant. We waited over 30 minutes to get our drinks (which were brought over my the manager) and we could not find anyhting that looked interesting on the menu. Next time I want to blow over $150 I won't be heading to this over-priced and not to mention pretentious place.

Pros: drinks, calamari

Cons: boring menu, bad service, attitude

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The best dining experience in NY! I had the scallops and turnips and they were delicious. Each dish was better than the last. Loved it

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★★★★★

The best dining experience in NY! I had the scallops and turnips and they were delicious. Each dish was better than the last. Loved it

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Friend took me to USC after seeing a play. The service was impeccable and friendly. Food was unexciting although the calamari appetizer and chocolate-hazelnut cake with chocolate sorbet were a real treat! Cozy, private and relaxed, they make you feel right at home.

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★★★★★

Friend took me to USC after seeing a play. The service was impeccable and friendly. Food was unexciting although the calamari appetizer and chocolate-hazelnut cake with chocolate sorbet were a real treat! Cozy, private and relaxed, they make you feel right at home.

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Our experience at USC was by FAR the best dining experience we have had in new york city. The matre'd sat us underneath a flowering tree, in a corner booth so we could spend the evening watching everyone and being romantic the entire night. Just perfect the whole night. The service was exceptional. We were NEVER pressured. They brought over special touches like a pre-appetizer course and the spacing between courses was perfect. No, like the review says, it was not the most innovative cuisine I have ever tasted. However, the quality of ingredients and decidedly mature knowledge in preperation, seasonings, the matching of sides far outweights this criticism of USC. The wines they chose for us was SPOT ON. USC created a perfect anniversary, right down to the NO SINGING ANNIVERSARY cake with candles, just a subtle, "happy anniversary" with a smile. Simple and just right.

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★★★★★

Our experience at USC was by FAR the best dining experience we have had in new york city. The matre'd sat us underneath a flowering tree, in a corner booth so we could spend the evening watching everyone and being romantic the entire night. Just perfect the whole night. The service was exceptional. We were NEVER pressured. They brought over special touches like a pre-appetizer course and the spacing between courses was perfect. No, like the review says, it was not the most innovative cuisine I have ever tasted. However, the quality of ingredients and decidedly mature knowledge in preperation, seasonings, the matching of sides far outweights this criticism of USC. The wines they chose for us was SPOT ON. USC created a perfect anniversary, right down to the NO SINGING ANNIVERSARY cake with candles, just a subtle, "happy anniversary" with a smile. Simple and just right.

Cons: Bar is Cramped

 

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