A LEG­END RE­TURNS

UNION SQUARE CAFE

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REOPENS AF­TER A RE­VAMP—AND RE­LO­CA­TION.

“We as New York­ers do not cel­e­brate ‘old’—we cel­e­brate what’s new and what’s next,” says Union Square Cafe’s di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions, Sam Lipp. “Union Square Cafe is the anti-open­ing in that there is no fussi­ness: We don’t try, we just do.”

The crown jewel in Danny Meyer’s restau­rant king­dom may have moved a few blocks from its orig­i­nal Union Square West lo­ca­tion, but it’s pick­ing up where it left off, with a few sub­tle en­hance­ments. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Car­men Quagli­ata’s menu still evokes sea­sonal din­ing at its best, but there are new, ad­ven­tur­ous pas­tas, too. The de­sign by the Rock­well Group is some­how grander and airier at the same time, but fa­mil­iar touches abound. The orig­i­nal bar has been pre­served on the sec­ond floor (a choice spot for an in­ti­mate cock­tail or two), and the iconic neon sign is in­tact above the en­trance. 101 E. 19th St., 212243-4020; union­square­cafe.com

It’s back! The first floor of the new Union Square Cafe fea­tures a bar, café, and din­ing room, while the sec­ond floor is di­vided into more in­ti­mate spa­ces.

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