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.

Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West) has all Continue reading

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

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

Turkey Day: USQ Style

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Pies from new #USQEats Daily Provisions available for pre-order and pick-up Thanksgiving week.

Don’t just stuff yourself this Thanksgiving – fill your schedule with the best Union Square has to offer.

Greenmarket Shopping

Find everything you need for your holiday table at the Greenmarket. Sides? Fresh bread, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, acorn squash, kale, mushrooms, sweet potatoes. (We have a few fall recipes for you to try.) Turkey? Pre-order or purchase Turkeys from Violet Hill Farm, Dipaula, Quattro’s Game Farm, or Tamarack Hollow Farm. Decor? Mini gourds and pumpkins are available for $1, or decorate your home with a River Garden dried wreath or pepper bouquet.

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Note the Union Square Greenmarket’s holiday schedule. Thanksgiving week, stop by the market Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but there will be no market Friday. The market returns on Saturday.

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Dessert

Treat your guests to the best. At Breads Bakery, pick up up an apple or pecan pie (or, you can never go wrong with babka). At Daily Provisions, Continue reading

#BWGMemories with Blue Water Grill

The Renovated Restaurant Reopens on Sep. 13

While it’s one of many restaurants lighting up Union Square’s culinary scene this fall, Blue Water Grill stands out with its creative take on unleashing its renovated space.

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Washing away usual signs of construction with the open sea, BR Guest used ocean waves wallpaper marked with words Blue Water Grill guests associate with the restaurant (fresh, thoughtful, original, breathtaking) to cover the building windows while they worked.

Prior to reopening next week on Tuesday, September 13, the Union Square staple is celebrating the past 20 unforgettable years in Union Square with stories from the community written on the ocean walls. Read the heartwarming #BWGMemories (we’ve already melted at four of the love stories) which will stay up until opening day, Continue reading

20 Years of Blue Water Grill Brings Renovation, New Exec Chef

Starting July 11th, Blue Water Grill at 31 Union Square West is hanging up the “Gone Fishing” sign while it renovates its iconic space, reopening after Labor Day on September 6th.
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Twenty years ago, the Union Square institution opened in the former Bank of Metropolis historic landmark building and quickly Continue reading