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Union Square Cafe’s seasonal cuisine draws inspiration from the kitchens and tables of Italy, France, and Northern California.
Union Square Cafe—the flagship business that launched Union Square Hospitality Group—has been one of the country’s most beloved restaurants for more than 35 years. Founded in 1985, Union Square Cafe pioneered a new way of dining, drawing inspiration from the Union Square Greenmarket and showcasing local ingredients in a casual and contemporary dining room characterized by warmth and hospitality.
Currently helmed by Chef Lena Ciardullo, Union Square Cafe's menu offers innovative interpretations of seasonal American cuisine. In its second home on 19th Street, Union Square Cafe embodies the heartfelt passion and generosity that has been the restaurant’s calling card since its inception and preserves its signature charm, intimacy, and familiarity.
Union Square Cafe has earned multiple Best of Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator, Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times, and five James Beard Awards. Union Square Cafe also offers versatile private dining spaces, which can accommodate a range of party formats and sizes.