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Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe—the flagship restaurant that launched Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group—has been one of the country’s most beloved dining institutions for over 30 years.

Founded in 1985, Union Square Cafe pioneered a new way of dining, drawing inspiration from the Union Square Greenmarket and showcasing the best local ingredients in a casual and contemporary dining room characterized by warmth and hospitality. Having trained and mentored scores of restaurant professionals for over three decades, Union Square Cafe is the birthplace of a generation of renowned restaurants, chefs, and restaurateurs.

Executive Chef Lena Ciardullo helms the kitchen, following in the footsteps of acclaimed chefs who came before her: Carmen Quagliata (2007—2019) and Michael Romano (1988—2007), who together established Union Square Cafe’s reputation as one of the most well-respected restaurants in New York City.

The restaurant has won five James Beard Awards and ranked in first place on Zagat Survey’s Most Popular Restaurant list an unprecedented nine times.

Union Square Cafe is a non-tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included. We're proud to be part of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

Union Square Cafe through the Ages

A Recipe: Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts

Union Square Cafe's famous bar nuts

These nuts won The New York Press award for "best bar nuts in New York." Every afternoon at about 4:45, a piping hot batch emerges from our ovens and is sent to the bar, where the sweet rosemary fragrance wafts throughout the restaurant. Though we don't have a television set at our bar, these nuts would probably be a hit in your living room accompanied by a football game and some ice-cold beer.

YIELDS 5 CUPS

¼ pound each peeled peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and whole unpeeled almonds, or 1¼ pounds unsalted, assorted nuts
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven until they become light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. In the large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter.
  4. Thoroughly toss the warm toasted nuts with the spiced butter and serve warm.

From The Union Square Cafe Cookbook.

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