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Sep 27, 2012 07:38 AM

Recommendations for Union Square Cafe


I've made a reservation at USC for my gf and me. Any dishes that I should put on the to-try list? We eat everything.


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  1. During my recent dinners at USC I've enjoyed the polenta with taleggio and wild mushrooms (for me, it's even better than the version at Scarpetta), beet and blue cheese salad, garganelli with zucchini pesto and stracciatella, the corn side dish with scallions and sweet paprika, and the banana tart with macadamia brittle and honey vanilla ice cream.

    I've heard that the burger is amazing but I haven't tried it yet.

    1. The thing l would spring for is a wine by Quintarelli, they have one of the best selections anywhere on the Veronese superstar and it is my favorite winemaker in the world.

      1. The strawberry napoleon is absolutely delicious. Their burger is available at dinner, and it's a very good burger, but I wouldn't get it unless you love burgers because at the end of the day, it's still just a burger.

          1. Thanks for the replies so far - our reservation is for dinner and I'm a featherweight when it comes to alcohol. When I say featherweight I mean anything more than three sips of wine will make my head light as feather.

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            1. re: kyph0515

              Well in that case, my thoughts of recommending their classic cocktails likely wouldn't help. Irrespective, they personally make a great simple Martini, Negroni, and Old Fashioned.

              As far as food is concerned, I've never had an issue with anything on their menu. Just a great neighborhood spot with impeccable service and a homey feel. I'd recommend simply what you feel like eating on the day and I'm sure it'll be great :)

              Have fun