A Record-Breaking Harvest in the Square

Treasured annual community event brings in highest ever fundraising total in event history to support the organization’s work to beautify, improve and program the Union Square district

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More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders, elected officials and area businesses joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 22nd to celebrate the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports Union Square Park. This year, through the generosity of the community, the treasured annual event raised more than $378,000, bringing the total amount raised over the last two decades to more than $5,728,000.

“We don’t know how the event just keeps getting better and better but the Union Square culinary community really brought their A-game to this year’s food and wine extravaganza,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “Funds raised at the event are vital to our work to beautify, improve and program both Union Square Park and the surrounding area. Thanks to our incredible partners and sponsors, we are delighted to announce a record-breaking fundraising total at our 21st annual event.”

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Union Square Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Falk (left) and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (right) at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square.

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Craftbar’s savory corn custard brioche with smoked tomato jam + pickled jalapenos.

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Union Square’s newest taco spot, Flats Fix, debuts as an exhibitor at Harvest in the Square, joining a renowned lineup of more than 50 participating area restaurants.

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Florian served as the 2016 Restaurant Chair

This year’s restaurant lineup featured some of the City’s most dynamic eateries. Joining this year’s pantheon of renowned participants included newcomers Union Fare, The Poké Spot, Flats Fix, Cava Grill, sweetgreen, Mighty Pie and the reinvented City Crab Shack. Several of this year’s returning favorites have been at the center of Manhattan’s culinary news this season:

  • Blue Water Grill is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Union Square with a renovated restaurant and new executive chef;
  • Gramercy Tavern just received three stars from The New York Times’ Pete Wells;
  • The Pavilion (open thru Oct. 15) in Union Square Park was hailed by the New York Post as the perfect summer hot spot; and
  • Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe is preparing to open in its new, larger location later this year, next door to its new coffee shop and bakery concept dubbed Daily Provisions.

“Harvest in the Square plays a big role, not only as a fundraiser for Union Square Park, but also as a celebration of the strength of our culinary community,” said Falk. “As the Union Square Partnership marks 40 years of creating public-private partnerships, we look forward to many more years of supporting our vibrant community and showcasing the very best that the district has to offer.”

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Starbright Floral Design returned for its second year as an in-kind partner, creating grand displays for the event and providing guests with mini bouquets of seasonal blooms upon departure.

Check out all the event photos here.

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