The second coming of Danny Meyer’s seminal Manhattan farm-to-table restaurant Union Square Cafe is running just a bit behind schedule. An email sent from the restaurant notes that construction delays have made an October opening unlikely, and though November is now the plan, it is too early to pin an exact date. In the meantime, fans of the restaurant can visit two October pop-ups that will offer a sneak peek of the dishes from chef Carmen Quagliata.
On October 21, Quagliata will join chef Michael Anthony at Untitled to celebrate the 31st Anniversary of Union Square Cafe. The menu will feature dishes from Quagliata, as well as favorites from Anthony’s vegetable-focused menu. Meanwhile, at North End Grill, chef Eric Korsh is getting ready to host Quagliata on October 27 as part of North End’s Fire + Wine series. Tasting menu tickets are $105 and will preview dishes like tortellini in brodo with chicken broth and Swiss chard; and sardines with grilled avocado and olives. There is an optional $60 wine pairing curated by North End’s Mia Van De Water and Union Squares newly appointed Wine Director Jason Wagner. Reservations for both dinners can be made by calling the restaurants.
On December 12, 2015, the original Union Square Cafe served its final dinner at 21 East 16 Street. For the new space on the corner of Park Avenue and 19th Street, Meyer called on architect and designer David Rockwell. Stay tuned for more news on Union Square Cafe 2.0 and all other fall openings.