As Gourmay readers are aware, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe or “USC” has been one of our favorite restaurants in New York City (see links to other Gourmay articles below). The food is always very good – but not great – however, USC is a wonderful oasis of tranquility and friendliness that is so difficult to find in bustling New York. After 30 glorious years, USC will be closing its doors on December 12th. USC is scheduled to reopen again in May, 2016 nearby on 19th street and Park Avenue. Personally, I don’t think it will be the same.
We were fortunate to book a table on Monday (Dec 7) for its final 12 Days of Christmas pre-fixe menu. What a wonderful experience filled with so many lovely memories. In fact, Sheila and I used the occasion to walk down 5th Avenue (from 59th street) to Union Square to see the Christmas decorations on this particularly balmy December day. Simply glorious as this sunset image of the Flatiron Building below suggests:
While the windows at Bergdorf, the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center and the boozy hot chocolate at Bryant Park were spectacular as always, we couldn’t wait to get to USC to say goodbye.
Sheila opted for the “White Truffle Crispy Egg” followed by a breast of squab served on farro (not shown on this particular menu). I had the “winter greens raviolini” but was sorely tempted by the scallops and trumpet mushroom tagliarini which also looked wonderful. I followed with a perfectly cooked pork chop served with crispy polenta (“Rack of Pork Market”). The Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino was an exceptional bargain.
Our appetizers were wonderful, but the desserts (not shown here) were rather pedestrian. I thought the pork was excellent, but probably should have opted for the pesce misto. Sheila’s squab was very good, but filling.
Needless to say, we will have to give the “new” USC a go next year, but it is terribly sad to see this culinary landmark of good taste close its doors. You will be missed.
More Gourmay features on Danny Meyer NYC experiences:
- Union Square Still Delivers – Aug 2011
- Duqqa – A Gourmet’s Delight – Aug 2014
- Asian Broccoli – Mar 2013
- Maialino: Dining in Hog Heaven – Jan 2012