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Union Square Cafe clone?

We have a family get-together of 6-8 people every 6 months or so, always at the Union Square Cafe. We love it…the round tables are comfortable, the service is always excellent, the food is very, very good, and the ambiance (noise level) is such that conversation is easy. Indeed..USC is perfect, except that we're wanting to try something different. We're looking for somewhere else with all of the above virtues, including the ability to serve one vegetarian and one pescatarian in our group. Any thoughts?

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    1. re: thegforceny

      Beat me to it. My first thought was Gramercy Tavern. I think the food is better, though the restaurant shares all the virtues you mention.

      You might also try Hearth. I haven't seen it mentioned.

    2. If Italian is OK, then try Maialino, another Danny Meyer restaurant. Or Gramercy Tavern, as @thegforceny suggested.

      1. Gramercy tavern- reservations go quickly
        Craft or craftbar would be a distant second.
        ABC kitchen if you can go for an early dinner or off-peak hours since it can get very loud

        1. Have you tried North End Grill yet?

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          1. re: kathryn

            excellent suggestion. May be out of the way but top notch experience.

            1. re: princeofpork3

              i disagree strongly -- my one visit to North End Grill featured some of the worst food i've ever been served in a NY restaurant

              1. re: Simon

                I have been there 5 times and it has been excellent every time. I would suggest trying it again but certainly understand if you didnt want to