Union Square Cafe
- Jeremy Osner
For our anniversary gift my wife and I got a $150
gift-certificate to USC. Now, I'm not really used to
eating expensive food, and I hope someone could give me
some recommendations for what to eat there. (I'm only
going there one time, I wanna make it count!)
Also -- is $150 enough to cover a dinner for 2 with
wine at USC? Or should we be prepared to cover some
re: tom traub
We have eaten at Union Square lots of times and have
never spent $150 for 2. You can eat nicely for less.
My absolute favorite is the seared tuna. I have never
had better anywhere in the world.
Have a wonderful time--it's the best in NY (in my 56
year old opinion!) Service is terrific, too and not the
slightest bit snooty.
re: Jeremy Osner
Well, no seared tuna as it turned out. Our meal was as
follows: before dinner we had a marguerita at the bar.
We were seated and given a complimentary plate of
garlic potato chips (because we had had to wait for our
table). Appetizers were for Ellen, a "Bibb and Red Oak
Leaf Salad with Gruyere and Garlic Dressing" and for
me, "Bobolito with Crispy Sweetbreads, Asparagus and
Cremini Mushrooms". (The menu consisted not of names
of dishes but rather ingredient lists, which I found
disconcerting.) Main course was for Ellen, a steak with
mashed potatoes and for me, roast suckling pig with
roast potatoes; we also had a side dish of fagioli. For
dessert she had chocolate mousse and I had the banana
tart. -- What a lot of food!
And how was it all? Well, everything tasted very good
-- some flavors, like the dressing on Ellen's salad or
my roast, just took my breath away. On the other hand,
the meal was not perfect, which it ought to be for the
prices they charge. For instance... the margueritas
were much too sweet and had very little tequila. The
beans were excessively salted. The banana tart was
But my main complaint was with the menu. It was really
tiring to read those long descriptions of each dish and
try to make sense of them, and then hold them in your
head for long enough to decide between them. This was
my first real experience with an expensive, highly
rated restaurant; I believe I am going to stick to
simpler fare for a while, in the outer boroughs.