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Danny Meyer Gives Bryant Park the All-Day Ice Skating Rink Restaurant it So Desperately Needs

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The hospitality titan glides into Midtown with plans to offer sandwiches and salads to holiday revelers and working stiffs alike

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Bryant Park Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Danny Meyer and his team at Union Square Hospitality Group are opening a seasonal restaurant in Bryant Park that will be adjacent to the ice skating rink that pops up during the fall and winter. Dubbed Public Fare, the new cafe will serve sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, breakfast dishes, wine, coffee, and cocktails. The 210 seat restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from late October through early March. Meyer also operates another seasonal restaurant called Public Fare at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Chef John Karangis is overseeing the menu at this new Midtown restaurant and its two event space. The team is working on this new project in partnership with Crate and Barrel.

Union Square Hospitality Group signed a four-year deal at Bryant Park. The Wall Street Journal notes that USHG was considering opening a Bryant Park restaurant a few years ago, but the deal didn't pan out.

The opening of the ice skating rink restaurant is exciting news, especially for office drones who work near Bryant Park. But Danny Meyer has even bigger plans for the fall, namely the opening of Union Square Cafe 2.0 and its next-door neighbor Daily Provisions. Construction is still underway on both spaces, but if everything goes according to plan, they will make their debuts around the end of October or early November.