Our entire team looks forward to welcoming you at the new Union Square Cafe!

Carmen Quagliata
Executive Chef

At Union Square Cafe, with the Greenmarket at his doorstep, Carmen explores his passion for his native Italian cuisine in one of the country's most beloved restaurants. Carmen joined us in 2007, and previously worked with Michael Chiarello, Lydia Bastianich, and Michael Romano, our opening Chef.

Chris Nelson
General Manager

Chris is the General Manager of Union Square Cafe, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and ensuring the service team’s excellence and warm hospitality for which the restaurant is so beloved. Chris first joined Union Square Hospitality Group in 2008 as a bartender at The Modern.

Amanda Wilson
Chef de Cuisine

Amanda Wilson manages our day-to-day culinary operations and team of 40 cooks. She joined us in 2010 after stints at Annisa and Ammos, then spent three years working under Chef Carmen and two years cooking in California. In 2015, she returned to help us move to our new home on 19th St.

Jason Wagner
Wine Director

Jason Wagner is the Wine Director of Union Square Cafe. He brings more than ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, where he has held nearly every front-of-the-house position. While working in restaurants, Jason developed a passion for wine and service, which inspired him to secure certifications from both the American Sommelier Association and the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Prior to joining Union Square Hospitality Group, Jason was the Partner, General Manager and Beverage Director of Fung Tu in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Under Jason’s leadership, the restaurant received Two Stars from The New York Times and became a downtown wine destination. Before Fung Tu, Jason worked as the Wine Director at both Henri and The Gage in Chicago, where he simultaneously managed high-volume and fine-dining wine programs.

Before Chicago, Jason worked as the Wine Director at the two Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon in the Four Seasons Hotel New York, where he managed a list of over 750 labels that span classic regions and vintages. When he is not at work, Jason enjoys playing music and spending time with his wife and son.



We're looking for caring, warm, and intelligent people to join our team at the newly re-opened Union Square Cafe.

To inquire about joining our team, please email us at careers@ushgnyc.com.