Union Square Recommendations?
A few Philly hounds will be visiting Union Square in July and had a few questions for you:
1. Union Square Cafe and Gotham Bar and Grill are good recommendations to eat if looking for New American food? We will only be in for a brief visit so we wanted to hit what's really good in the area.
2. Are there any good bakeries in the area to grab a cookie or something else good if we get hungry between meals (I was thinking Birdbath or City Bakery?) I know not to go to Max Brenner and we have a Whole Foods in Philly so any other hints would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot!
#1 - Are you limited to just the Union Square area?
#2 - City Bakery does have the most incredible double-chocolate chip cookies. Also the famous pretzel-croissant makes an excellent snack.
Tisserie also has desserts (brownies, various tartlets, etc).
If your visit is M, W, F, or Sat, you can hit the Union Square Farmer's Market for some homemade treats/snacks.
We'd actually prefer something close to Union Square because we have older relatives in tow unless there's something in another area that's to die for.
The reason I was asking about the cookies is that Caffe Roma (I think it's called) on Broome St. is on vacation when we're there so no macaroons this trip and I'm still in sugar shock from the last Magnolia outing.
By the way, Gramercy Tavern was actually choice number two (we're looking for lunches on July 4th and 5th) but they are closed on July 4th unfortunately so that one's out...but thanks for the recommendation!
Are you sure that USC is open on July 4th as well? Danny Meyer operates both, and typically gives all his employees the day off for national holidays.
For other sweets, in addition to Tisserie and City Bakery (City Bakery is the Union Square located one, Birdbath is found in West or East Village):
Amai Tea House & Bakery (3rd and 17th)
Michel Cluizel chocolates (inside ABC Carpet and Home, 19th and Broadway)
Le Petit Belge (new waffle place on 14th Street)
Tarallucci E Vino (18th St and Broadway location)
Joe the Art of Coffee (5th Ave and 13th)
Grey Dog (University and 12th)
Not sure what will be open on July 4th though.
Definitely! I've eaten in both several times. The Tavern Room is definitely nice -- no reservations, however. But you get a comfortable atmosphere, good food, and very gracious service. I really like their house-made pastrami, as well as the pulled pork sandwich, or the stuffed meatball.
USC isn't great. Consider Gramercy Tavern instead.
Bird Bath and City Bakery are the same thing--or the same company/same cookies, so go to whichever is more convenient. Max Brenner is definitely skippable.
Do not miss Gotham if at all possible- it is a quintessentially NYC experience-. This village gem paved the way for the entire below "midtown" dining scene and hasn't missed a beat for decades. I am a regular and while I am sure other may debate- GB&G has never disappointed me or the countless diners I have sent - I was just there last week and the softshell crab was some of the best I have ever experienced. Not to mention it is a beautiful space with wonderful service.
For New American I really like Craftbar. It's on Broadway a couple blocks or so north of Union Square. They're softshell crab appetizer is very good if they still have it.
I would definitely recommend both Bird Bath and City Bakery as excellent for cookies and just about any other pastry item.