I've walked by Union Square Caf? many, many times but paid it no mind; something about its pristine yet maroon exterior and tourist friendly location never gave it much curb appeal to me. But a recent trip with my parents landed it on the agenda as we met with one of their friends (who chose the location).
Completely ignorant of the restaurant's substantial pedigree (Danny Meyer and Michael Romano) and praise (lots of Beard, Zagat, and magazine awards), I had no idea I was in for such a yummy lunch. My pasta was topped with a perfectly poached egg and the sauce was really exceptional. It was a special dish that supported some local farm, but without taking notes, I'm afraid I can't tell you anymore than that.
It was a perfect setting for an upscale casual business lunch. It's a spot that lacks the trends of newer distinguished dining options betraying its late 80's roots in minor ways, but it's generally and simply pleasant too. Our little perch above the fray of the restaurant was actually a fun spot to eat and peek at the action below. We showed up not too long after a late breakfast, but I'd be eager to leave more room for dessert next time.?