Get BOGO Burritos and Bowls at Pokéworks Grand Opening

Celebration Includes Raffle Giveaways, Prizes and Lots of Poké

Enjoy fresh fish with the fresh spring weather at Pokéworks’ new Union Square location (21 East 15th Street) at their grand opening event, Saturday, April 22nd from 11 AM – 8 PM. Bring a friend to enjoy buy-one-get-one poke bowl and burritos all day long. Plus, while you wait, enjoy raffle giveaways including Pokéworks gear and gift cards. Check out Pokéworks on Instagram to participate in a contest leading up to the event.

Share your poké pictures with #USQEats.

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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.

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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

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Healthy Bites to Complement Your #USQSweatFest Workout

Find Freebies from Cava Grill, Whole Foods, Pret a Manger and The Pokéspot in Your Swag Bag

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One of our favorite parts of Union Square Sweat Fest is the opportunity to try new things, and new food! While you sweat it out this week, experience some of Union Square’s healthy eateries.

Cava Grill | Started by three childhood friends, Cava Grill celebrates the flavors of their families’ traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking in a casual modern setting. They believe that while others are content to feed their faces, Cava customers desire food that feeds the spirit. Our spirits are especially into the custom Greens + Grains bowl with seasonal roasted veggies.

“Do you even lift, bruh?” 🤔🤔🤔 “ … do Greens + Grains count?” 💪😏

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Union Square Greenmarket | The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially; in peak season 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products to a dedicated legion of city dwellers. We are amazed 4 days a week by the variety that’s available, even in the depths of February. Find fresh greens, seafood, eggs, dairy, baked goods and more!

Clams, oysters, and mussels! Just add lots and lots of butter, garlic, white wine, and pasta, then dinner is served! #emdailypic

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Taste 28 Varieties of Hot Chocolate at City Bakery in February

The 25th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival Kicks Off Feb. 1st

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Since 1990, The City Bakery on West 18th Street (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave) has served one of the city’s favorite hot chocolates. The City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival is back this year, celebrating 25 Years in Union Square! Join us to beat the cold with a mug of hot cocoa and handmade marshmallows.

Every day you visit in February you can expect a different hot chocolate special. Enjoy Espresso, Ginger, Tropical, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Banana Peel Chocolate, a special Love Potion on Valentine’s Day and so much more. When are you stopping by?

  • 1st   – Ginger Hot Chocolate
  • 2nd  – Espresso Hot Chocolate
  • 3rd   – Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate
  • 4th   – “Happy” Hot Chocolate
  • 5th   – Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • 6th   – Tropical Hot Chocolate
  • 7th   – Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate
  • 8th   – Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
  • 9th   – Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate #1
  • 10th – White Chocolate Waltz Hot Chocolate
  • 11th – S’Morey Hot Chocolate
  • 12th – Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
  • 13th – Espresso Hot Chocolate
  • 14th – Love Potion Hot Chocolate
  • 15th – Caramel Hot Continue reading