New #USQEats TsuruTonTan Receives Star From The New York Times

Japanese Noodle Chain Makes Star Entrance to United States

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Congratulations are in order for Union Square’s newest noodle go-to TsuruTonTan, located at 21 East 16th Street right off Union Square Park. The New York Times‘ restaurant critic Pete Wells (who really wants you to read his full review as he mentioned on Twitter) gave one star to the udon specialists who mix, knead, roll and cut the dough for their noodles on site – providing “a distinct physical pleasure that will surprise anybody who has had only shaggy, overcooked udon that starts breaking apart before you have a chance to chew it,” he says.

He shares that you’ll actually find the servers’ explanations of how to order helpful, and you’ll like it so much that you won’t mind you can’t take home leftovers….yet (the restaurant is still sourcing a takeout carton they’re satisfied with, Wells says).

See below for the summary of Wells’ review; however we agree Continue reading

Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

Get the Inside Scoop On What You Can’t Miss This Fall in #UnionSquareNY

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14. Harvest in the Square | We kicked off the season on the first day of fall celebrating our vibrant community and culinary scene at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, raising a record $378,000 for Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the past 21 years, USP has raised over $5.7 million for district beautification and community programming. Thank you for joining us! (Photos)

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13. New Fast Casual on 4th Avenue | Lunch is easier than ever with so many fantastic grab-and-go options on 4th Avenue, just south of 14th Street. Crowds are lining up for the New York debuts of Cava Grill and The Pokè Spot, which join lunch favorites Dos Toros and Glaze, creating a corridor of delicious fast casual eateries. Later this season The Melt Shop opens its doors on the same block (Grilled cheese and tomato soup, please!).

12. The Class of 2020 | School is back in session and a new crop of students are adding vitality to the district from The New School and NYU, as well as NYU’s 16th President Andrew Hamilton for his first fall semester. Plus, The New School’s Mannes School of Music celebrates 100 years with nine special events Continue reading

Capital One Flagship Offers New Kind of Banking

The Location Has a Ground Floor Peet’s Coffee and Lower Level Community Space

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Union Square Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Falk and Co-Chair Bill Ambramson of Buchbinder & Warren [center] accept a donation from Capital One.

This month, Capital One opened its newest branch in Union Square that introduces a different kind of banking experience. The flagship consists of a three-story store space at the corner of Broadway and 14th Street that offers study areas, a community meeting space, a full-service Peet’s Coffee shop, and Continue reading

Bonobos Opens Flagship Guideshop that includes AYR Women’s Section

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Online men’s fashion powerhouse Bonobos opened their flagship retail location last week on Fifth Avenue, just one block west of Union Square Park.  Bonobos on Fifth is the largest Guideshop from the company, with over 4,000 square feet of space for customers to see, touch, and try on clothing before purchasing online.  It’s the perfect way to see the latest styles and test out the various fits before taking the plunge online. The store features personal guides that can help you find the perfect article of clothing, and even assist with ordering directly from the store.  For the ladies, Racked NY reports that the new store has an entire section dedicated to the company’s women’s brand AYR.

Banana Republic Opens New Flagship on Lower Fifth Ave

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Banana Republic’s brand new 28,000 SF Flagship store is set to open on lower Fifth Avenue this Friday, March 27th. The store, located at 105 Fifth Avenue at 18th Street, is a consolidation and expansion of their separate men and women stores further north on Fifth. The opening will also debut Creative Director Marissa Webb’s first collection for the Continue reading