Union Square Cafe to Start Serving Brunch After 26 Years

By Mary Johnson on August 23, 2011 9:00pm 

Over the past 26 years, Union Square Cafe has become one of New York's landmark eateries. The restaurant will begin serving brunch for the first time ever on Sept. 3.
Over the past 26 years, Union Square Cafe has become one of New York's landmark eateries. The restaurant will begin serving brunch for the first time ever on Sept. 3.
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GRAMERCY — After nearly 26 years in business, the Union Square Café is finally jumping on the brunch bandwagon.

Patrons can begin ordering from a new weekend brunch menu, already posted on the landmark restaurant’s website, beginning Sept. 3.

“We’re excited to begin to welcome guests for New Yorkers’ favorite meal, with a menu of new greenmarket-inspired brunch dishes from Chef Carmen [Quagliata],” the restaurant posted Monday on its Facebook page.

That menu includes dishes like crispy fried polenta with maple syrup and sea salt, poached eggs Victor with Dominican beef and rice hash, and house-cured gravlax (or salmon) with market salad, pickled beets and a toasted bagel.

In addition to the fancier fare, the menu also features classics like blueberry pancakes, brioche French toast and granola.

"We want to pay homage to all of the incredibly loyal regulars we have and have built up over these years, while also bringing this restaurant into the future and attract a new clientele," the restaurant’s general manager, Sam Lipp, told The Feast.

Restaurateur Danny Meyer opened Union Square Café in 1985. It was the first of many Meyer restaurants now open across New York City, including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Blue Smoke.

Executive Chef Carmen Quagliata created the Union Square Cafe brunch menu, already posted on the restaurant's website.
Executive Chef Carmen Quagliata created the Union Square Cafe brunch menu, already posted on the restaurant's website.
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