Union Square Cafe is an American restaurant featuring New American cuisine, located at 101 E 19th St (between Park Avenue South and Irving Place), in the Union Square neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York. It is owned by the Union Square Hospitality Group.[1]

Union Square Cafe
The restaurant's former location at 21 E 16th St
Restaurant information
EstablishedOctober 1985; 34 years ago (October 1985)
Owner(s)Union Square Hospitality Group
ChefCarmen Quagliata
Food typeNew American
Street address101 E 19th St (between Park Avenue South and Irving Place), Manhattan
CityNew York City
StateNew York
Postal/ZIP Code10003
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°44′16″N 73°59′16″W / 40.737752°N 73.987881°W / 40.737752; -73.987881Coordinates: 40°44′16″N 73°59′16″W / 40.737752°N 73.987881°W / 40.737752; -73.987881
Entrance sign

Ownership, cuisine and designEdit

Opened in October 1985 by Danny Meyer and chef Ali Barker, it features New American cuisine with Italian influences.

The original restaurant was designed by architect Larry Bogdanow.[2] The new location is designed by architect David Rockwell.[3]

Awards and accoladesEdit

The restaurant has won multiple awards and honors since its inception,[4] including the ranking of "Favorite New York Restaurant" in the Zagat Survey in the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2008 editions. Notably, the restaurant did not receive a Michelin star during Michelin's 2005 review of New York restaurants, leading to concerns that the guide might be biased towards French cuisine or restaurants that "emphasize formality and presentation".[5]

  • 1992, Outstanding Service, James Beard Foundation
  • 1997, Outstanding Restaurant, James Beard Foundation
  • 1997–2001, Zagat Survey #1 Favorite New York Restaurant
  • 1998–1999, New York Times Three Star Award
  • 1999, Outstanding Wine Service, James Beard Foundation
  • 2000, Michael Romano inducted into "Who's Who of Food & Beverage", James Beard Foundation
  • 2000–2002, Forbes magazine Three Star Review
  • 2001, James Beard Foundation Best Chef New York City – Michael Romano
  • 2003, Zagat Survey #2 Favorite New York Restaurant
  • 2004, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
  • 2004, Zagat Survey #1 Favorite New York Restaurant
  • 2005, Forbes magazine Three Star Review
  • 2005–2007, Zagat Survey #2 Favorite New York Restaurant
  • 2006-2010, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence
  • 2008, Zagat Survey #1 Favorite New York Restaurant
  • 2012-2013, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

Popular cultureEdit

The 2016 novel Sweetbitter is primarily set in a fictionalized version of the restaurant.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Union Square Cafe". Zagat. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. ^ (registration required) William Grimes (June 29, 2011). "Larry Bogdanow, 64, Dies; Crafted Cozy Restaurants". The New York Times.
  3. ^ (registration required) Michael Kimmelman (September 6, 2016). "The Same, Only Different: Designing a New Union Square Cafe". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Union Square Cafe Awards. Union Square Cafe. Retrieved January 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "She's a Belle of the City, but the French Are Blasé". The New York Times. November 13, 2005. Retrieved January 14, 2008.

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