Al Fresco Dining in Union Square

Get Your #USQEats with a Side of Summer Sunshine

Soak in the best of summer with outdoor dining options along (or in!) Union Square Park, and throughout the district. Here’s our top picks for your best Al fresco experience. Plus, find the best specials at these spots at our new #USQDeals page.

The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West)

On Union Square West enjoy Cuban and American fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Coffee Shop (pictured above). Choose a spot outside along Union Square West or 16th Street.

ABCV / ABC Cocina (38 East 19th Street)

Along 19th Street you’ll find outdoor seating for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spanish ABC Cocina and vegetarian ABCV. Take a juice and energizing blue bowl to-go to eat outside at ABCV, or spicy cocktails with brunch at ABC Cocina.

 

Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West)

Union Square’s seafood staple for more than 20 years, Blue Water Grill, takes outdoor eating to another level with its raw seafood tower. You’ll be transported from 16th Street to the waterfront in just one bite.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West)

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New in 2017 (Plus, the Best of 2016 You Can Still Catch) in Union Square

2017 Brings New Restaurants, Theater, Free Events

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As you gear up to tackle 2017, we’re already anticipating an incredible year in the Square. Here are the top developments we’re excited for this year, plus the best of 2016 you can still enjoy.

1. Union Square Sweat Fest | Don’t give up on those New Year’s resolutions! SWEAT in Union Square with our third annual celebration of Union Square’s health and wellness scene. We’ll keep you committed with silent disco yoga at the W New York – Union Square, an exclusive workout in GrowNYC’s new Project Farmhouse, and free class trials at some of the best gyms in the neighborhood.

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2. Union Square Cafe Returns Home | The best part about Union Square Cafe’s new larger space? Each visit reveals something different you love about the restaurant. Whether it’s the artwork, the private nooks, or a seat at one of the bars, you can experience the incredible food and drink that earned the restaurant the highest accolades over the years.

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Photo: Emily Andrews, Thrillist

3. Exceptional Off-Broadway Theatre | In February, The Vineyard Theatre introduces John Kander and Greg Pierce’s Kid Victory directed by Liesl Tommy, a hauntingly mesmerizing new musical about seventeen-year-old Luke returning to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. Tickets are now on sale! Across the street, the Daryl Roth Theatre presents Vox Luminere’s Phantom Of The Opera, a unique take on the classic musical.

4. New Tech Center on the Way | This season, NYC’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will soon reveal the team selected to redevelop the city-owned site at 124 East 14th Street into a new tech hub for a modern workforce. The project may include new office and retail space geared towards startups and co-working.

5. Project Farmhouse | The team behind the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, GrowNYC, just launched Project Farmhouse, an event space and sustainability center that hosts workshops, galas, speakers, community meetings and interactive exhibits. The new space is located on 13th Street, on the ground floor of the Hyatt Union Square.

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The view from the main entrance of Project Farmhouse with a ceiling made of recycled plastic bottles. Source: ProjectFarmhouse.org

6. New Foodie Spots Opening Soon | Prepare for Korean BBQ alongside classic Korean dishes at Barn Joo’s new multiple-story location at 35 Union Square West, set to open this winter. Acclaimed Israeli chef Meir Adoni teams up with Breads Continue reading