• Critics’ Pick
  • Union Square Cafe

  • American Nouveau $23-$34
  • 21 E. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10003
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: 212-243-4020
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Temporarily closed. Will reopen fall 2016 at new location.

Yes, the rooms are a little cramped, and after twenty years, those scrawled murals on the wall look like some early Martha Stewart experiment gone horribly awry. But consistency and good cheer are the keys to Danny Meyer’s perennially popular, Zagat-approved restaurant. And nowhere else are uncommon combinations so seamlessly incorporated into dishes (so as to never frighten the buttoned-down natives). Surprisingly, vegetarians will eat better here than at any of their hallowed haunts. The bar is a great place to lunch solo. And the banana tart with honey-vanilla ice cream can make you act the fool.

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