Food & Drink

Recreating a Classic: Inside the New Union Square Cafe With Designer David Rockwell

Published On 12/15/2016 Published On 12/15/2016
The 12-seat bar at the new Union Square Cafe. | Emily Andrews
“New York is all about working with the space you find"
At 10,000 sqft, the new restaurant is bigger than the original. | Chaunte Vaughn
The service stations are handmade with cherry wood. | Chaunte Vaughn
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1. Union Square Cafe 101 East 19th St, New York, NY 10003

After 30 years on 16th street, Danny Meyer's trailblazing Union Square Cafe found a new home a few blocks up in late 2016. The five-time James Beard Award winner still serves American-Italian dishes, but with updated elements. The larger space and expanded staff allows the restaurant to bake its bread in-house for the first time, and former specials like braised lamb shank with salsa verde have found a permanent place on the new menu (but old favorites like gnocchi and pan-roasted chicken are still there). The Park Ave South space looks and feels like the cafe you know and love: the David Rockwell-designed dining room captures a modern yet nostalgic country-kitchen aesthetic that makes diners feel as if they never left.