This week, the Irvington opened at the base of the W New York – Union Square. The restaurant makes the most of its location, offering a menu that incorporates the fresh offers of the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket that operates just across the street. The restaurant describes its cuisine as “New American with Mediterranean influences” and makes use of the Greenmarket in every possible dish. “We want to do straightforward food. It isn’t fussy, it’s very clean and fresh,” Scott Gerber, chief executive of the Gerber Group told the Wall Street Journal. Irvington joins several new eateries along the stretch of Park Avenue South, including Morton’s Grille and Florian Café, which have opened in the last year and a new concept from the Sushi Samba group expected to open later this year.
Formerly Todd English’s OLiVES, the reinvented restaurant has been updated in homage to Washington Irving. The Irvington incorporates the authors’s work in the decor, including a mural by Marcus Pierce that is a humorous depiction from Irving’s most famous short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Irvington joins other Union Square businesses in their celebration of the major American literary icon. Irving Place, located just east of Union Square, running from East 14th Street to Gramercy Park,is named after the writer.In the last few years, The Headless Horseman and Ichabod’s opened just off Irving Place, also capitalizing off of Washington Irving’s famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Just around the block,Irving Plaza and the Washington Irving High School also bear the writer’s name. The High School, now known as the Washington Irving Educational Campus, features a large statue of the writer, said to have been a close friend of Samuel B. Ruggles, the man who led the effort to create both Gramercy Park to the north and Union Square Park to the west.
Check out the Irvington for yourself by making a reservation and learn more about the exciting history of Union Square in USP’s weekly free historical walking tour Crossroads of New York, meeting Saturdays at 2 PM in front of Union Square Park’s playground entrance.