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

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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.

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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

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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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How to Celebrate Pi Day During a Snow Storm

Things To Buy for a Storm: Water, Food, Pie…

Mighty Pie located in the North Plaza of Union Square Park


 
Snow Storm Stella may be on her way to New York, but that doesn’t mean Pi Day can’t be celebrated in all its glory. March 14th acknowledges the mathematical constant π (pi), or the ratio of a circle’s radius to its circumference’s first three digits, but for foodies everywhere, it gives us an excuse to devour some of the best pies in New York. While you stock up on snow day essentials, be sure to add pie to your grocery list.

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Our world famous #bananacreampie! 👌🍌🍴

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The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West) is New York’s go to spot for Banana Cream Pie with fresh banana custard drizzled in warm chocolate sauce.

The Union Square Greenmarket in Union Square Park has seasonal pies with the freshest fruits from local producers and is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Pick up ingredients at Whole Foods (4 Union Square South) and put a pie in the oven on a freezing day. This recipe for pumpkin apple pie promises to satispie.

Hill Country Chicken

At the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, Hill Country Chicken (1123 Broadway) served its famous trio of pies: Pecan, Pumpkin and Whiskey Buttermilk Pies. Order a full pie or a bite sized pie cup.

The Savories

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Healthy Bites to Complement Your #USQSweatFest Workout

Find Freebies from Cava Grill, Whole Foods, Pret a Manger and The Pokéspot in Your Swag Bag

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One of our favorite parts of Union Square Sweat Fest is the opportunity to try new things, and new food! While you sweat it out this week, experience some of Union Square’s healthy eateries.

Cava Grill | Started by three childhood friends, Cava Grill celebrates the flavors of their families’ traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking in a casual modern setting. They believe that while others are content to feed their faces, Cava customers desire food that feeds the spirit. Our spirits are especially into the custom Greens + Grains bowl with seasonal roasted veggies.

“Do you even lift, bruh?” 🤔🤔🤔 “ … do Greens + Grains count?” 💪😏

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Union Square Greenmarket | The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially; in peak season 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products to a dedicated legion of city dwellers. We are amazed 4 days a week by the variety that’s available, even in the depths of February. Find fresh greens, seafood, eggs, dairy, baked goods and more!

Clams, oysters, and mussels! Just add lots and lots of butter, garlic, white wine, and pasta, then dinner is served! #emdailypic

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Where To Dine This Winter Restaurant Week

Experience Union Square’s Fine Dining Jan. 23rd – Feb. 10th

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The Nova Scotia Halibut at Gotham Bar and Grill

Enjoy prix fixe menus at some of Union Square’s finest dining establishments during this season’s NYC Restaurant Week from Jan. 23rd – Feb. 10th. Ignore the cold weather and get out the office for a lunch to remember. Warm up with Italian at Taralluci e Vino, have a burst of fresh seafood at Blue Water Grill, dive into the Greenmarket-inspired menus at ABC Kitchen or ABC Cocina, and enjoy a Michelin-star lunch at Casa Mono or Gotham Bar and Grill.

See below for the full list of Union Square NYC Restaurant Week participants, Continue reading