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Any suggestions?

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Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

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  1. Bump? Anybody been? I am going on Sunday.

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    1. re: kathryn

      We had brunch at USC last Saturday. Everything was delicious! (See photos.)

      Note: I didn't have the mascarpone cheesecake this time, but I've had it twice before. It's fantastic!

      USC photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Mascarpone Cheesecake: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    2. went did brunch here before, and there isnt much in terms of misses. The veggie fritatta sandwich is pretty good, the pasta dishes seemed to have changed up since the last time I went there but both the pasta dishes that we had as a group was good. I would skip the Beef Victor, it was only okay.

      The bacon chips are good and the polenta squares as well. Note they are literally, snack size as you can finish each of them in like 2-3 bites.

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      Union Square Cafe
      21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

      1. I went last Saturday and had a very nice time. The service was spot on and the room was comfortable with a nice easy going vibe. Oh, the food was excellent.
        We started with the eggs and bacon. Small portion but perfectly cooked and my kids gobbled it up in seconds as I ordered for the table and never got a taste. For the next course we shared three plates. Mushroom sformato was light, airy and melted in the mouth and came with a sprinkling of wild mushrooms and some basil(?) oil. The ricotta gnocchi were, as always, light with a thin slightly sweet tomato sauce and shaved parmesan. Kabocha soup was of the very creamy variety but strongly flavored with a perfect gougere that we quickly plucked from the soup before it became to damp to enjoy. For mains we had nicely charred lamb chops and potato gratin, an unexciting frittata and excellent renditions of pancakes and brioche french toast. We finished with a pecan pie that seemed as though it was made by the same people that supply Lugers though I know it was house baked, and the mascarpone cheesecake that was fine, with a very tart grapefruit sorbet that was exceptional. We had a nice brunch at place that still has plenty of gas in the tank. Go and enjoy.

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        Union Square Cafe
        21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: stuartlafonda

          I see you were there the same day we were. :)

          The Lamb Chops "Scotta Dita " with the potato gratin is a signature. I've had it a couple of times. Delicious! As I mentioned in my post above, I think the mascarpone cheesecake is fantastic, and I agree that the grapefruit sorbet is exceptional, its tartness the perfect counter to the sweetness of the cheescake. Like you, we had the pecan pie. The filling was excellent, but the outer crust was way too hard.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        2. Unfortunately, my friend is sick so we're rescheduling, but thanks for all the feedback!

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          1. re: kathryn

            Finally made it to our rescheduled brunch. We were impressed by the length of the menu. A friend pointed out it was essentially their lunch menu with additional brunch selection added.

            Excellent pancakes--three medium sized pancakes with a generous amount of huckleberries inside. Nice and fluffy. They must whip the egg whites like they do at Clinton Street Baking Company. Delicious and very crispy bacon. French toast good but not remarkable, in fact, the apples I thought made it a little too sweet. We all liked the pastry basket, too: good cinnamon roll, decent enough croissant (but it's no Mille-Feuille), interesting sea salt brioche, solid enough coffee cake. Our table did become crowded as we also received the regular bread basket (with olives and room temperature butter w/ sea salt).

            My friend devoured his porchetta sandwich in a matter of minutes so I didn't get to try it (served with their awesome house made potato chips, served warm). His wife really liked her warm kale salad served with a sunny side up egg and fried oysters (!) and bacon vinaigrette (!!), vowing to try to recreate it at home, though perhaps without the fried oysters. She likened it a bit to a caesar salad, given how finely the kale was chopped.

            It was very nice, too, to be able to reserve a table! Excellent service (par for the course at Danny Meyer places, naturally) and we got a great, cozy table in back. They let us linger for quite a long time (over 2 hours) which was nice.

            While the food isn't the absolute best brunch food I've ever had, the service, atmosphere, and location, as well as the ability to make a reservation in advance, make Union Square a very attractive brunch choice, especially for entertaining larger groups or those whose tastes run more towards lunch vs brunch.

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            Union Square Cafe
            21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

            1. re: kathryn

              Kathryn, may you share what your favorite brunch is?

              1. re: Pookipichu

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8317...