Union Square Cafe
re: steve d.
Union Square remains a consistent source of pleasure
for me and my friends. The food and service are hard
to beat. Maybe disappointment is all you can have when
something is hyped as much as this one--but it has
never disappointed us. The tuna medallion is one of
the great meals of my life. Maybe you should try to
stick to some basic great items. I think Gramercy is
just a fine by the way. There's something wonderful
about restaurants in NYC that are so special but when
you arrive as a guest you are welcome and treated
very well even if you are just there once in a while.
That's not true of other four star restaurants and it
is something to appreciate.
It's POSSIBLE to have a humdrum meal at USC, but you
kind of have to work at it -- and even when you do,
you're always treated so well it's hard to get
seriously annoyed about it. At lunchtime eat at the bar
and get to know one of the bartenders. They'll make
sure you get a sample of a glass of wine before you
order it, and if you ask them they'll let you know if
your entree selection isn't brilliant that day. The
staff is seriously nice, knows all about every item on
the menu and the wine list. Yes, it's hyped, but it
couldn't happen to a more deserving restaurant.
We went there twice in the last 2 weeks--once was
divine, the other disappointing. We had to wait 45
minutes for our reservation the first (divine) time,
but they gave us a $50 bottle of wine and free apps.
The service was bad the 2nd time and the food just so-
so. This illustrates the varying responses here...
still love that smoked steak thou!