'Union Square Cafe' on Serious Eats

We Chat with Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe

Chef Carmen Quagliata has been at the helm of Union Square Cafe for eight years now. And along with some big changes (adding a small plate menu for the bar, starting a weekend brunch program and recently opening up the front of the restaurant for a 14-seat chef's table), he's constantly developing his menu, keeping in touch both with his Italian roots and the ever-evolving ingredients coming from the market only 50 yards away.

We chatted with Quagliata about this line—how do you evolve such an iconic restaurant while making sure it remains true to itself?

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First Look: The New Brunch Dishes at Union Square Cafe

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their brunch—and yes, they are calling it a brunchiversary—Union Square Cafe is adding some new, fall-inspired dishes to the menu. "It's like Brunch 2.0," said general manager Sam Lipp. You will now be able to find some new, interesting egg dishes, some warm apple cinnamon rolls, and—wait for it—lobster stew served in its own gourd. More

Why Restaurant Coffee is Getting Better Right Now

ood providers, from punks who do the highest-end artisanal donuts out of a tricked-out van to the white-tablecloth-and-napkin set, may be genius-like in preparing comestibles...and will then smack you in the throat with the worst tasting coffee imaginable. Stale urns of scorchy, low-quality coffee, or perhaps a thin and bitter espresso prepared by the bus-boy. Why, for the love of all things warm and brown, why? More

10 Apple Sweets We Love in NYC

We can feast on apple desserts all year round, but they seem especially appropriate during the colder months. From classic tarte tatins to fancier versions found at restaurants, from apple milkshakes to apple butter-laced sundaes, pastry chefs in the city do all sorts of things. Check out ten apple desserts we love this holiday season. More

Goat Specials for 'No Goat Left Behind'

All throughout October, restaurants all over New York City (and across the country) have been participating in "No Goat Left Behind," a project of Heritage Foods USA. Given the demand in this country for goat milk and cheese—but not goat meat—many male dairy coats are killed at birth or otherwise become a financial burden on farmers. Heritage is aiming to raise appreciation for goat meat (tremendously popular elsewhere in the world) by partnering with dozens of NYC restaurants, as well as some from the Bay Area and beyond. More

30 Savory Bites from Taste of the Nation, NYC

Monday's New York edition of Taste of the Nation proved to be an epic meal. The highlights among the savory dishes included an insanely rich Spanish mackerel crudo from the Union Square Cafe, a cup of creamy stracciatella with sea urchin, caviar, and nasturtium granita from Roberta's, and a suckling pig croqueta from Bar Basque that came with a dropper of salsa verde and a slow cooked quail egg. More

Ed Levine's Top 10 Potato Dishes

Make no bones about it, I'm a spuds man. A properly cooked potato—fried, mashed, hashed, souffled, baked, chipped, a pizza topping—is a beautiful thing any time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. New York's chefs are quite accommodating when it comes to indulging my predilection for potatoes. Herewith, some of my favorite places to get my potato fix. What are your favorite spots for potatoes in the city? More

Apps Only: Union Square Cafe

Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. Tuna tartare. [Photos: Ben Fishner] More Apps Only Prune in... More

Danny Meyer On Fixing Mistakes

The Washington Post's Joe Yonan has a short but great Q&A with NYC restauranteur extraordinaire Danny Meyer up today: "Let's say I get a salmon dish at Union Square Cafe, and it's not too salty, it's not under- or over-cooked. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but I'm disappointed with how it all comes together, and I think, "eh." What should I do?" "Tell me. Please tell me. And have the confidence to accept my suggestion for a solution. I have a choice. If it's a $25 entree, I have $8 or $9 invested in it. Would I rather save that $8 or $9 and have you go tell the world "eh"? Or do I make sure you leave the... More

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