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We Chat with Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe

New York Jacqueline Raposo 2 comments

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?


Erin's Best New York Bites of 2012

New York Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go... More

First Look: The New Brunch Dishes at Union Square Cafe

New York Erin Zimmer 5 comments

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

Apple Crisp Cocktail from Union Square Cafe

Serious Eats Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

This autumnal highball from Union Square Cafe in NYC brings together Laird's bonded apple brandy with bourbon that's been infused with spicy green cardamom pods. More

Sugar Rush: Blueberry Pie at Union Square Cafe

New York Kathy YL Chan 7 comments

Blueberry Pie ($11) is on the menu this week, one wide slice, a flaky double crust outfitted in powdered sugar and ring of crème anglaise. The blueberries are plentiful and naturally sweet, whole berries accented with lemon juice. More

Why Restaurant Coffee is Getting Better Right Now

Drinks Liz Clayton 4 comments

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

Sugar Rush: Sunny's Pastries at Union Square Cafe

New York Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] The pastry board at Union Square Cafe could be a meal of its own. Sunny's Pastries ($9) consists of four different creations on any given day. One visit brought tender banana and maple walnut muffins... More

Sugar Rush: Union Square Cafe's Carrot Cake

New York Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

It's a Carrot Cake ($9.50) served warmed, and best devoured like a muffin—more hearty than sweet, carrots finely grated, a gentle dusting of powdered sugar in place of frosting. More

10 Apple Sweets We Love in NYC

New York Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

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'

New York Ben Fishner Post a comment

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

First Look at Union Square Cafe's New Brunch

New York Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe has served seasonally-inspired food near New York's biggest Greenmarket for more than 25 years. But this Saturday, they're rolling out the restaurant's very first brunch menu, which will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More

30 Savory Bites from Taste of the Nation, NYC

New York Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

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

New York Ed Levine 4 comments

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

New York Ben Fishner 3 comments

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

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

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

Top Ten Fancy-Pants Burgers in New York City

New York Ed Levine 9 comments

-->I don't know why, but lately I find myself eating fancy-pants burgers at every turn. Perhaps I'm coming under the influence of Adam Kuban, who really does order a hamburger in every restaurant that has one on the menu. Whatever... More

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