Union Square Restaurant Scene Gets Fired Up For Fall

String Of Openings Kicks Off With Harvest in the Square


The new bar at TsuruTonTan. Photo Credit: Nick Solares, Eater

The list seems endless for the restaurants joining the #USQEats scene. We’ve compiled the hottest new openings in Union Square this season, plus anticipated updates from your favorite fine and casual dining spots.

Breads Bakery’s Gadi Peleg partners with acclaimed Israeli Chef Meir Adoni for his first U.S. restaurant. Adoni plans to open Nur, meaning “light” in Hebrew, and “flame” in Arabic, at 34 East 20th Street this October, serving middle eastern food with a refined flair. You’ll want to tune in to enjoy this “Game of Chefs” two-time winner (Israel’s cooking competition) cuisine.


Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe opens in its new location, with new Daily Provisions concept next door. The iconic neon sign will be re-lit this October at 235 Park Avenue (19th Street), with its new coffee shop/bakery/dinner party space Daily Provisions next door at 103 East 19th Street, and we caught up with director of operations Sam Lipp to talk about new beginnings in Union Square.

“Union Square Cafe has spent the last three decades sowing deep roots in its community. We could not be more thrilled to re-open on 19th Street and Park Ave. in the neighborhood in which we grew up. Come October, we are thrilled to remind our regulars why they fell in love, while simultaneously welcoming the next generation of New Yorkers by showing them what happens when an iconic restaurant becomes new again.”- Sam Lipp, director of operations, Union Square Cafe, Daily Provisions

Jean-Georges Vongerichten expands his ABC restaurant empire with his first meatless menu at abcV. Prepare for the third installation of ABC cuisine this September at 38 East 19th Street. Vongerichten teams with chef de cuisine Neal Harden to bring vegetarian dishes to the next level – and what better location than next to the best Greenmarket in the city.

Gramercy Tavern is awarded 3 Stars from The New York Times Critic Pete Wells. Acclaimed food critic Pete Wells described Chef Michael Anthony as “somebody who goes to the farmers’ market hungry, ends up buying everything he sees, then figures out a way to make it all come together.” If you’ve ever been to the Union Square Greenmarket, you know that takes enormous creativity and technique. Book your reservation today before it fills up faster than you say OpenTable.

TsuruTonTan chooses Union Square for its first U.S. location.“Tsuru” is the sound of slurping noodles; “Ton” is the sound of kneading and shaping udon; “Tan” is the sound of cutting udon. Enjoy authentic udon, as well as other Japanese dishes, starting this week at 21 East 16th Street. And unlike many of the city’s hole in the wall noodle shops, bring all your friends to eat in the spacious restaurant.


Twenty year restaurant veteran Blue Water Grill renews its dedication to Union Square with a million dollar renovation, along with the opening of its downstairs bar, Metropolis. In addition to an updated design, prepare for a new menu from executive chef Chris Meenan complete with a classic raw bar at the renovated Blue Water Grill. Then, prepare to enjoy oysters, cocktails and more specials at Blue Water Grill’s new downstairs bar, Metropolis. The renovation is to be complete after Labor Day weekend.

Fourth Avenue is transformed into a Grab & Go lunch break destination. DC cult-favorite Cava Grill debuted in Union Square (kicking off with a community lunch raising funds for GrowNYC’s Grow To Learn) and already has NYC in a fast-Mediterranean craze. And when you find your favorite dips over lunch, you can buy them from Whole Foods to indulge in at home. Just down the street, The Poké Spot opened its first location in the Square, bringing the LA-Poké craze to the east coast. Create your own bowl with fish, veggies, noodles, grains, sauce; or try one of their signature dishes, including avocado boats. Later this fall, The Melt Shop joins the crew at 135 4th Avenue, and our hearts are already appropriately melting for gourmet grilled cheeses.

Meet Cava Grill and The Poké Spot at their first Harvest in the Square! We also welcome back returning favorites Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe and Breads Bakery.


Book your tables this fall at OpenTable, a proud partner of Harvest in the Square. Dive into the Union Square restaurant scene head first on September 22nd at Harvest in the Square – a celebration of community + cuisine in support of Union Square Park.