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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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

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

A Record-Breaking Harvest in the Square

Treasured annual community event brings in highest ever fundraising total in event history to support the organization’s work to beautify, improve and program the Union Square district

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More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders, elected officials and area businesses joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 22nd to celebrate the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports Union Square Park. This year, through the generosity of the community, the treasured annual event raised more than $378,000, bringing the total amount raised over the last two decades to more than $5,728,000.

“We don’t know how the event just keeps getting better and better but the Union Square culinary community really brought their A-game to this year’s food and wine extravaganza,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “Funds raised at the event are vital Continue reading

Union Square Restaurant Scene Gets Fired Up For Fall

String Of Openings Kicks Off With Harvest in the Square

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The new bar at TsuruTonTan. Photo Credit: Nick Solares, Eater

The list seems endless for the restaurants joining the #USQEats scene. We’ve compiled the hottest new openings in Union Square this season, plus anticipated updates from your favorite fine and casual dining spots.

Breads Bakery’s Gadi Peleg partners with acclaimed Israeli Chef Meir Adoni for his first U.S. restaurant. Adoni plans to open Nur, meaning “light” in Hebrew, and “flame” in Arabic, at 34 East 20th Street this October, serving middle eastern food with a refined flair. You’ll want to tune in to enjoy this “Game of Chefs” two-time winner (Israel’s cooking competition) cuisine.

 

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe opens in its new location, with new Daily Provisions concept next door. The iconic neon sign will be re-lit this Continue reading

Union Square Hospitality Group Announces “Daily Provisions”

Union Square Hospitality Group to Open New Cafe, Bakery and Eatery Next Door to Union Square Cafe This October – Join USHG at 21st Annual Harvest in the Square

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Chef Carmen Quagliata at the 19th Annual Harvest in the Square (2014).

Leave it to Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group to take the highly anticipated reopening of the Union Square Cafe up a notch with the announcement of Daily Provisions, a new coffee shop/bakery/eatery next door to the Union Square Cafe’s new location (130 East 19th Street) opening this October.

Fill your Union Square Cafe cravings at Harvest in the Square on Sep. 22 – our annual food + wine festival supporting Union Square Park.

According to The New York Times, the adjunct will serve Continue reading