Father’s Day Planning in Three Easy Steps

Cards, Gifts and Brunch for Dad

Find Father’s Day cards and gifts at Paper Source

Show Dad or the father figure in your life how much you care in three easy steps on Father’s Day this Sunday, all in time for brunch.

Start With a Card

Barnes & Noble (33 East 17th Street) has cards to buy, and a children’s Father’s Day story time reading of When Dads Don’t Grow Up this Saturday, June 17th at 11 AM.

Choose from one of many card designs from Paper Source (75 Fifth Avenue), or DIY in-store with a card personalized for Dad.

 

Then Find the Perfect Gift

Dress up Dad with a gift from the award-winning men’s shop Rothmans (222 Park Avenue South). Give him a Continue reading

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

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.

The Sweets

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

Mighty Pie (Union Square Park Northwest Corner) stuffs everything from ham and cheese to  Continue reading

Harvest in the Square Restaurant Chair – Meet Florian’s Chef Brando de Oliveira

Meet Chef de Oliveira at Harvest in the Square on Sep. 22

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Florian’s Chef Brando de Oliveira shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket

Florian has been serving up classic Italian dishes interpreted by Bologna-born Chef Brando de Oliveira since its opening in the Square in 2014. Besides delicious and unique dishes, the Fireman Hospitality Group has created a welcoming atmosphere for business meetings, birthdays, happy hours and more, becoming Union Square’s new Italian go-to along the way.

Now you’ve had Chef de Oliveira’s lasagna ossobuco (and if you haven’t…what are you waiting for?). Meet the man behind the meals that keep you coming back for more:

We hear you’re a big fan of Union Square. Why?
Being located in Union Square gives me great access to a wide range of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. I love starting my day strolling through the Union Square Greenmarket to find inspiration for daily specials. I go to the Greenmarket and find beautiful produce on a weekly basis, and talk to the farmer’s I’ve begun building relationships with.

Picking up vine-ripened reminds me of summer back home in Bologna. I grew up watching my grandmother cook and we lived next to a tomato farm, so everything was not only from scratch, but super fresh. That’s why I love tomatoes and food! As a kid, the experience of eating spaghetti pomodoro made from the tomatoes you picked in your neighbor’s farm makes an impression on you. Continue reading