Meet 50+ Chefs at Harvest in the Square

The Annual Food & Wine Festival Hosts Top Chefs from Union Square Eateries

The Union Square Cafe team including Pastry Chef Daniel Alvarez and Head Baker Justin Rosengarten at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square.

Union Square is a hot place to spot your favorite chef. Weekly, you’ll spy a white chef’s jacket at the Union Square Greenmarket, only to confirm on Instagram later it was Chef Meir Adoni from Nur or Dominique Ansel among many others.

Get to know these masters of the culinary art at Harvest in the Square on September 14th: More than 50 local chefs will serve their signature dishes to fundraise for the Union Square Partnership’s work in the neighborhood.

Gadi Peleg of Breads Bakery and Nur is the 2017 Harvest in the Square Restaurant Chair.

Each year USP honors one neighborhood partner with the title of Restaurant Chair, and we’re thrilled to partner with Gadi Peleg for the 22nd Annual Event. Peleg opened Breads Bakery in 2013, where it has been a Union Square staple ever since. Earlier this summer we welcomed Nur, his collaboration with Israel’s Chef Meir Adoni, featuring middle eastern cuisine like you’ve never tasted before.

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“Nur was opened in Union Square for many of the same reasons I selected the area when opening Breads Bakery,” said Peleg. “The neighborhood is the epicenter of the New York culinary scene, and the Greenmarket serves as the district’s heart and soul. We are thrilled to add Nur to the culinary landscape of this unique neighborhood and strive to be part of this exciting scene for years to come.” Meet both Peleg and Adoni at Harvest in the Square on September 14th.

Chef Dimitri from Cava Grill (Photo: @chefdcava on Instagram)

Joining us at Harvest for his second year is Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, the executive chef and founder of CAVA Continue reading

7 Car-Free Miles in NYC at Citi Summer Streets

Enjoy Citi Summer Streets on August 5th, 12th and 19th from 7 AM to 1 PM

Fill your August Saturday schedule with walking, playing, biking and exploring the motorless streets of Manhattan from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge at Citi Summer Streets. For the first three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue will be car-free and full of activities to enjoy.

Pick up or drop off a Citi Bike in Union Square at one of 12 locations (find them on the map). Don’t have a pass? Enter our summer social media contest using the hashtag #USQSummer and you could win a 24-hour pass. Daily, weekly or monthly passes are also available to purchase at any Citi Bike station with a credit card.

You’ll find activities all along the Citi Summer Streets route, or you can stop and stay a while in Union Square:

  • Every Saturday the Union Square Greenmarket fills the North and West plaza with farmers, bakers and more selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as breads, honey, hot sauce and more
  • At 2 PM, you can enjoy a free walking tour with the historians at Big Onion Walking Tours around Union Square Park. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street transverse.
  • On August 19th, meet Anna Kendrick at Barnes & Noble
  • For the first two Saturdays, book a Restaurant Week prix fixe brunch at a local spot you’ve never tried before

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33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of USP’s work over the last year.

On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership’s contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Speaker Civic Hall Founder/CEO Andrew Rasiej with Executive Director Jenn Falk and Union Square Partnership Co-Chair William Abramson.

Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, Continue reading

Where to Enjoy Public Seating in Union Square Park

Enjoy New Bistro Furniture Daily in Four Public Seating Areas

Spring has officially sprung, and that means public seating in Union Square’s plazas are back. This spring, the Union Square Partnership invested in new furniture for our public seating areas, which are managed daily by our Clean Team.

Hold a morning meeting outside, enjoy your lunch from your favorite #USQEats spot, or bring a book from Barnes & Noble or Strand Bookstore to read. Find a seat in the sun, or find shade under our blue umbrellas.

Broadway Pedestrian Plaza

On Broadway between 17th Street and 18th Street, enjoy a corridor of tables and chairs lined by planters filled with #USQBlooms. Plus, located in the center, get a charge at our solar-powered phone charging station.

Broadway Pedestrian Plaza

West Side Seating Area

Enter the park on the 16th Street Transverse and you’ll find the West Side Seating Area tucked away beneath beautiful park trees. Here is one of the quieter seating areas to enjoy, with chirping birds as the soundtrack. This summer, stop by from Continue reading

Famous Israeli Chef and Breads Bakery Founder Team Up, Open Nur

Chef Meir Adoni Brings His Middle Eastern Flavors to Union Square, Opening Friday

Photo courtesy Nurnyc.com. Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz

Israeli Celebrity Chef Meir Adoni and Union Square’s own Breads Bakery Founder Gadi Peleg have joined forces to bring a modern Middle Eastern experience to the Manhattan dining scene with the opening of Nur.

Over the past few months, Union Square has been anxiously awaiting the opening of Adoni’s first Manhattan (and United States) restaurant, following him shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket on Instagram.

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The menu at Nur draws from the rich and flavorful cuisine of the Middle East, taking a modern, bold and playful take on the dishes of the region. The menu is designed for sharing and provides guests with the opportunity to travel the culinary world of the Middle East through their taste buds.

Photo courtesy Nurnyc.com. Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz

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The Best #USQEats, Sweets + Treats to Celebrate Easter

Your Guide to Easter in Union Square

Spring Bonbons at Gotham Bar and Grill

From planning Sunday brunch to crafting and filling festive baskets, Union Square offers all the Easter essentials. Check out these locations to book a table, pick up desserts and have fun this holiday weekend.

Brunch + Dinner

Union Square Cafe

Dine with the neighborhood’s famous Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street) open for Easter brunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Reserve.

Enjoy a Parisian style brunch 11 AM to 4:30 PM at Maison Kayser (841 Broadway), or take home French specialties chouquettes, financiers and more pastries.

Have an Easter a la Mexicana at Rosa Mexicano (9 East 18th Street). Celebrate Spring with Fresh Fish Primavera and drink Agua Fresca, the fruit flavored water traditional for Mexican Easter weekend festivals, all on the special Easter menu. Reserve.

Craft (43 East 19th Street) is open for prix fixe Easter Brunch. From 11 AM to 3 PM feast on a combo of pastry basket, family style starters and a choose-your-own main course. Reserve.

From Quiche to seafood tacos, Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West) opens at 11:30 AM and offers a variety of brunch options. Reserve.

DIY with help from Whole Foods (4 Union Square South). Pick up ingredients and impress with spring gathering cooking tips.

Classic Italian dishes at the Florian Café (225 Park Avenue South) are perfect for bringing family together. Try brunch specials or dig in to Italian specialties like thin crust pizza and artisan pasta. Reserve.

Sweets

Sugar Bunny from Baked by Melissa

Get your sweet tooth fix for adults and kids. Spring Bonbons from Gotham Bar and Grill (21 East 12th Street) fresh out of Executive Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki’s “Chocolate Lab” are perfect for the sophisticated host. Try the 2017 Collection flavors Cointreau-Caramel, Lemon-Olive Oil, New York State Honey  and Strawberry-Yuzu. Pick them up, or have them delivered.

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Free and Green Earth Day Celebrations in Union Square

Enjoy a Car Free Broadway, Special Events, Plastic Cleanse and More

Students of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School sweeping in Union Square Park on the first Earth day on April 22, 1970. Photo credit: National Geographic

Ever since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in Union Square in 1970, our park and public plazas have continued to be a draw for thousands to celebrate Earth Day each year. Here’s how you can celebrate Earth Day this year right here in Union Square.

Earth Day Initiative Celebration

On Tuesday, April 18th from 12 – 7 PM join Earth Day Initiative to meet environmental non-profits, green businesses, and enjoy kids’ activities and live performances.

Car Free NYC

On the second annual Car Free NYC on Earth Day, April 22nd from 10 AM – 4 PM join Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the NYCDOT as they close down Broadway to cars from Times Square to Union Square. In Union Square’s pedestrian plaza, enjoy free fitness with Paragon Sports and more.

Union Square Historical Walking Tour: Earth Day Edition

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