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Jan 9, 2010 04:42 PM

Union Square Cafe in Midtown

I'm thinking about having lunch or dinner at USC later this month. It seems pretty easy to get reservations via Open Table (they're completely open for the dates/times I was looking at).

Has anyone been there, and would it be worth it to give it a try? Is it necessary to make reservations, or are drop-ins accepted on weekends?

I'm only curious about the place because the NYC original gets such wonderful press, and I'm more likely to get to Tokyo far earlier New York (plus the NYC branch is very difficult to get a seat at, from what I've heard).

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  1. I went a few times when they first opened, and I had some very nice meals, although I thought it was a little overpriced for Tokyo - you can get the same quality at lower prices at many spots that aren't as famous. (I've only been once to the NY branch, for lunch, so it's hard to compare.) Since then I've heard mixed reviews.

    1. It is great. So is the Gotham Bar and Grill and Gramercy Tavern. I think the Gotham is my all time favorite.

      1. Skip it. I thought it was a lethal combination of way overpriced and mediocre. I don't know how much longer it is going to be in business. Most of its foot traffic seems to be first-timers, foreigners who don't know any better, and Midtown office people going for a convenient (but expensive) bite.

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        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          Darn. Mixed reviews and overpriced and mediocre food don't sound like a good time. No wonder it had so many openings on Open Table.

          Will search for another place. I'll probably just skip staying overnight and find a place around Marunouchi for an early lunch. That will have have to do it for my Tokyo experience this month.

        2. Average and overpriced. The less said the better. My office is in Midtown so I have been forced on several occasions to go there for dinner. It is not bad, but if you actually have a choice it is definitely not a place you would really want to choose, considering what is on offer in Tokyo. Good to take an unimaginative eater for lunch or dinner if you work in Midtown and don't feel like moving too far, otherwise skip it.