Foodie alert: There’s a plateful of restaurant news in the Union Square area, including the Union Square Cafe re-opening and new vegetarian, Middle Eastern and and Asian noodle eateries, Here’s all the news fit to eat, from the Union Square Partnership:
Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe opens in its new location in October, with new Daily Provisions concept next door. The iconic neon sign will be re-lit at 235 Park Avenue (19th Street), with its new coffee shop/bakery/dinner party space Daily Provisions next door at 103 East 19th Street. Remember that the original Union Square Cafe helped turn a rundown area into a trendy mecca, and launched Danny Meyer as the top restauranteur (IMO) in the USA.
Meyer also operates Gramercy Tavern which has just been awarded 3 Stars from The New York Times Critic Pete Wells. It’s not NYC on the cheap, but a memorable splurge. We all need to splurge occasionally.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten expands his ABC restaurant empire with his first meatless menu at abcV. Prepare for the third installation of ABC cuisine this September at 38 East 19th Street. Vongerichten teams with chef de cuisine Neal Harden to bring vegetarian dishes to the next level – and what better location than next to the best Greenmarket in the city.
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 in 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.
TsuruTonTan chooses Union Square for its first U.S. location.“Tsuru” is the sound of slurping noodles; “Ton” is the sound of kneading and shaping udon; “Tan” is the sound of cutting udon. Enjoy authentic udon, as well as other Japanese dishes, starting this week at 21 East 16th Street. And unlike many of the city’s hole in the wall noodle shops, bring all your friends to eat in the spacious restaurant.
Twenty year restaurant veteran Blue Water Grill renews its dedication to Union Square with a million dollar renovation, along with the opening of its downstairs bar, Metropolis. In addition to an updated design, there’s a new menu from executive chef Chris Meenan, complete with a classic raw bar.
Later this fall, The Melt Shop joins the crew at 135 4th Avenue, and our hearts are already appropriately melting for gourmet grilled cheeses.
Let’s also mention two restaurants that opened recently and are already exceedingly popular –
Just down the street, The Poké Spot opened its first location in the Square, bringing the LA-Poké craze to the east coast. Create your own bowl with fish, veggies, noodles, grains, sauce; or try one of their signature dishes, including avocado boats.
Have we missed anything? What’s your favorite restaurant in Union Square?