First Look: Union Square Cafe Makes Its Much-Anticipated Return Next Week

Danny Meyer's iconic eatery gets a new address and menu
December 2, 2016
by Kelly Dobkin

Photos by Emily Andrews, courtesy of Rockwell Group

The gist: It's heeeere. The long-anticipated return of the iconic Union Square Cafe is finally happening. The restaurant will reopen next week (exact date TBD) in its new space on 19th and Park (formerly City Crab) with a new menu from chef Carmen Quagliata. The restaurant will debut with Union Square Hospitality Group's tip-inclusive policy. 

The food: The menu will be a mix of new and classic dishes, drawing influences from Europe and Northern California. Favorites like the ricotta gnocchi with tomato-basil passatina and pecorino-romano will return and new arrivals like the tortellini en brodo will debut. Full menus below. A new all-day cafe called Daily Provisions will also debut next door featuring Joe Coffee, sandwiches, pastries and teas. 


The drinks: The wine list has been updated by new wine director Jason Wagner and will feature varietals from Europe and the U.S. You can also expect regional craft beers and ciders and a signature cocktail menu. 

The space: If you ever dined at City Crab, the restaurant's bi-level layout will be familiar to you. The new space, designed by Rockwell Group features a 95-seat dining room that offers peak views from both dining tables and the second-floor lounge (serving craft cocktails). You'll also find two private dining rooms on the top floor as well as a mahogany bar on the ground floor. Artwork from Frank Stella, Claes Oldenberg, Richard Polsky, Jonathan Borofsky, Robert Kushner and Judy Rifka covers the walls throughout.

The details: 101 E. 19th Street; 212-243-4020. Reservations can be made with the Resy app.

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