New #USQEats Luke’s Lobster Goes (RED) for June

Eat Lobster this June in #UnionSquareNY + Fight HIV

Luke’s will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations made at checkout

The newest addition to Union Square’s fast-casual scene comes with a taste of New England, and a new color. Luke’s Lobster opened their newest outpost in Union Square at 124 University Place.

Typically a nautical blue storefront, Union Square’s Luke’s is going (RED) to join the fight against HIV. Now through the month of June, you’ll have the opportunity to join Luke’s and get involved with the campaign.

Next time you order a delicious lobster roll at Luke’s you’ll have the opportunity to make a donation to (RED) at checkout. Donations will be matched (up to $13,000), thanks to the generous support of Luke’s and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s that simple.

Vineyard Theatre Stages New York Premiere of Comedy “Can You Forgive Her?”

Gina Giofriddo’s Show Runs from May 4th – June 11th

The Vineyard Theatre rounds out its 2016-2017 season with the New York premiere of the Gina Gionfriddo’s dark comedy Can You Forgive Her? The two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (Becky Shaw; Rapture, Blister, Burn) works with frequent collaborator Peter Dubois (Sunday in the Park with George) to return to the Vineyard for the first time since her 2005 hit, After Ashley.

Gionfriddo opens the show with protagonist Miranda (Amber Tamblyn – making her off-Broadway debut!) drowning in debt, possibly falling in love with the man paying her bills, and on the run from a date who threatened to kill her. On Halloween night, 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

Get Your Nosh On This Passover at Breads Bakery

Breads Serves Flour-less Sweets + More Passover Essentials

Macaroons are a classic Passover treat.

Whether you celebrate Passover or not, head over to Breads Bakery (18 East 16th Street) for flour-less treats this week in honor of the Jewish Holiday.

Breads’ special Passover menu features classic desserts like Coconut Macaroons, and their specialty Pineapple Macaroons (or learn to make them at home). Get your cake fix with their Brownie Cake or, new this year, a larger version of the Chocolate Poppy.

And those craving homemade Matzo Ball soup, it’s available all week at the cafe.

To ensure you’ll receive your Passover treats, call Breads at Continue reading

LinkNYC Offers Advertising Opportunities to Small Businesses

Marketing Opportunity for Small Businesses with LinkNYC

LinkNYC is providing screen space for small businesses looking to drive business to their local shops. Appearing every 140 seconds, ads will be visible to pedestrians, shoppers and bikers on high traffic sidewalks.

Ideal for promoting events and special discounts at boutiques, restaurants and more, these special packages are designed for small businesses to make a maximum impact at an affordable price. Advertise on one Link for $250/week or two Links Continue reading

Vote #USQEats Joe’s Pizza in NYCGO March Madness Food Fight

Which of New York’s Best Eats Will Take Home the Prize?

Joe’s Pizza is known as the quintessential New York slice. So it’s no surprise the Classic Slice was given the top seed for the foodie version of March Madness, New York City’s Food Fight: Tournament Edition. After breezing through Round 1 with the most resounding victory of the tournament, Joe’s now faces Peter Luger’s Porterhouse Steak to move on to the Flavorful Four. Voting for this round ends Monday, March 27th at 9 AM. Take a break from basketball brackets and vote for New York’s most classic dish.

After you vote, be sure to do your best #CheeseFense cheer with a slice at Joe’s in Union Square at 150 East 14th Street.

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