Where you should eat in Union Square right now


This week, the Michelin Guide released its “Bib Gourmand” picks for the upcoming 2015 restaurant guide. The restaurants named on the list demonstrate excellence on a budget (two courses and wine or dessert for $40 or less). The Union Square neighborhood had 7 establishments make the cut, including ABC Cocina, Boqueria, Bread & Tulips, Hill Country Chicken, Laut, Momokawa, and Turkish Kitchen. The 10th Michelin Guide New York will be released this coming Wednesday, October 1st.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Bib Gourmands!

Times’ Profile on Union Square’s Incredible Transformation

Courtesy of the New York Times

Courtesy of the New York Times

Last week, the New York Times’ Real Estate section had an article devoted to the remarkable improvements in Union Square over the past few years. The neighborhood has always been defined by its central location as a major transit hub area, but over the past decade boasts a greater selection and diversity of retail and amenities. Residents that moved to Union Square in the late 90s have witnessed the improvements. “The neighborhood just kind of kept on changing with me,” resident Victoria Baradi Anderson told the Times. “It kept giving me the things I need.”  Investments like the recent $20 million upgrade to Union Square Park’s north end that included an expanded and refurbished playground has helped make the neighborhood a safe, one-of-a-kind destination for families. Read the full article here.

Union Square: A Place to Converge and Buy Kale [NY Times]

Harvest in the Square is as Local as Local Gets

Harvest in the Square

This Thursday, Harvest in the Square returns in its 19th year bringing together foodies and the best of local restaurants in support of Union Square Park. ‘Local’ and ‘farm-to-table’ may be trendy now, but from its inception in 1996, ‘local’ has been a main focus of this event as established by original restaurant chairs, Danny Meyer of the Union Square Cafe and Eric Petterson from The Coffeeshop. Each restaurant’s Continue reading

The Strand’s First Editions Club

This upcoming October, our friendly neighborhood bookstore, the Strand, will be launching its First Editions Club. Subscription to the club will provide all you bookworms the opportunity to receive either 5 or 10, staff selected signed books each year with the added benefit of exchanging the book for something else if you so choose. Continue reading

The Harvest in the Square Menu is REVEALED!

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The 19th Annual Harvest in the Square is happening next Thursday, September 18th! We’ve got the full menu from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants serving up unlimited tastings paired with wines and microbrews from NY State and beyond! Delicious dishes include Barbounia’s Cured Tasmanian Ocean Trout with Jerusalem Bagel, Crushed Cucumbers, Labaneh, Dill and Trout Roe, Union Square Cafe’s Chilled Linguine with Clams, BLT Prime’s Roasted Dry Aged NY Strip and Continue reading

Paragon Sports Warehouse Sale Returns TOMORROW (Sept 9)

Paragon Sports

Paragon’s Warehouse Sale returns tomorrow (runs September 9 – 21) to Union Square. Grab killer deals of 50-80% off sportswear, exercise gear, and clothing from brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Rawlings, with a limited selection from Spyder, Helly Hansen, and Burton at radically reduced rates. A Union Square staple since 1907, Paragon Sports has been the New York destination for generations.

For updated hours check out their website.

Entrance is on 18th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave (212-255-8889).


Thank You for Participating in Summer in the Square!

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The days are getting shorter, and the nights are a little cooler…all signs that summer is officially over. We wanted to thank all of you for making our Summer in the Square series spectacular this year! We had thousands of people come out each week for our free fitness classes, children’s programming, dance, jazz and more! Our Summer in the Square series is made possible through our annual food & wine fundraiser, Harvest in the Square. We hope that you can join us for the 19th Annual Harvest in the Square taking place on Thursday, September 18th at 7:30 PM in the North Plaza of Union Square Park. Use code “HUNGRY1” to save $10 on tickets at www.harvest2014.eventbrite.com.

 Fitness in the Square series was expanded this year to include both morning and evening classes. Each Thursday morning started with “Wake Up Yoga” from Continue reading