The Union Square area is so packed with food options that your first impulse might be to shrug and grab a bite at Panera. Don’t do it.
Step away from the You-Pick-Two combo – there are plenty of local restaurants where you can get delicious food prepared as fast (or as slow) as you want. Checkout our top picks for casual and sit-down meals below in NYTG Restaurant Guide: Union Square.
The City Bakery
With a combined 141 years of experience, the City Bakery chefs happily cater to your gluttonous needs. Sticky buns, scones, seasonal rugelach, and enormous peanut butter cookies are just a few items available. The City Bakery is more than just sugar and spice; their salad bar includes selections like Grilled Hakurei Turnips with Sesame Oil, Chick Peas with sautéed Shrimp and Cured Olives, and even Softshell Crabs in the summer months. If you visit in the winter, their hot cocoa can’t be beat (especially when paired with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie).
The City Bakery is located at 3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Lillie’s Victorian Bar and Restaurant
Lillie’s mixes the grace of a 19th century aristocrat with the friendliness of your local barkeep. This restaurant near Union Square serves up classy cocktails alongside traditional pub food. Try the Diamond Fizz (Svedka Citron, sparkling wine, lemon juice) with Steak and Fries. Or get a Judge Roy Bean (Avion Reposado, grapefruit juice, lime, soda) to pair with your Chicken Pot Pie. Indecisive? Split some of Lillie’s burgers – the Oscar Wilde (beef, bleu cheese, bacon and fried onions), Jean Marie (portobello mushroom, roasted pepper, goat cheese, and hummus), or Jimmy Whistler (seafood patty with cajun-chipotle aioli) are all excellent options.
Lillie’s is located at 13 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
Blue Water Grill
If the oyster happy hour doesn’t bring you to Blue Water Grill, the live music in the Jazz Room should. Locals love this Union Square seafood restaurant for its ambiance and killer menu. The raw bar includes shrimp, cherrystones, littlenecks, and lobster, or you could have Tuna Ceviche that’s garnished with daikon, tamarind, avocado, and red onion. For an entrée, try the Pan Roasted Day Boat Scallops or Ginger Soy Lacquered Chilean Sea Bass. For the red (and white) meat eaters, Peppered Dry Aged Rib Eye with horseradish mashed potatoes or Sullivan Farmhouse Roasted Chicken with broccolini might be more enticing.
Blue Water Grill is located at 31 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003
When two college friends opened a restaurant serving Cambodian sandwiches in 2000, they had no idea Num Pang would become a household NYC name. The original location in Union Square is still its most popular, so be prepared for a line. Their classic recipe is the Pulled Duroc Pork with Spiced Honey, but don’t limit yourself to the conventional. Try Coconut Tiger Shrimp with Toasted Coconut Flakes, Roasted Cauliflower with Eggplant Spread, Roasted Chicken ‘Chimi’ with Pickled Apple and Chili Yogurt, or Peppercorn Catfish with Sweet Soy Sauce. Most sandwiches can also be made into salads for anyone who‘s watching their waistline but still wants to see what the fuss is about.
Num Pang is located at 28 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
This Italian restaurant near Union Square has some of the best homemade pastas in the area. Get classic dishes like Spaghetti Bolognese, or try traditional twists like Fettuccine di Zafferano (Saffron fettuccine, tomato, vegetables, black olive puree). Ravioli fans will love their meat (veal & spinach) and vegetarian (artichoke and dry ricotta) varieties. Settle in for entrees like Stino di Agnello (braised lamb shank), Involtino di Pollo (stuffed chicken breast) and Braciola di Maiale (grilled pork chop). For dessert, get Italian staples Panna Cotta and Zabaione with mixed berries. No matter what you order, Da Andrea has the perfect wine to pair it with. Salute!
Da Andrea is located at 35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
So concludes NYTG Restaurant Guide: Union Square — check out other NYTG Guides here.This entry was posted in Restaurant Guide
- Blue Water Grill
- Da Andrea
- Lillie’s Victorian Bar and Restaurant
- Num Pang
- NYTG Restaurant Guide
- The City Bakery
- Union Square