How do you move to a bigger and better space, but keep the same familiar, comfy atmosphere? Ask Union Square Cafe.
Shawmut, in partnership with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and the world renowned David Rockwell of Rockwell Group, relocated the 30-year-old Union Square Cafe into its new home at the corner of 19th and Park Avenue. Making what’s old new again, the 10,000 square foot restaurant was designed and built to embody the original Union Square Cafe location. The team embraced the challenge of building a new restaurant while incorporating subtle characteristics of the original location that guests had loved for so long.
Upon entry, guests are greeted by the main bar that is exactly the same length as the old bar—down to the inch. The main dining room has double height ceilings with custom pendant light fixtures that hang at exactly the same height as the old location. A grand feature staircase leads guests to one of the multiple mezzanine terraces—another tribute to the old space. Just a few steps away and to the left is a hallway that leads you to the best seat in the house: a perch in the northwest corner overlooking the entire restaurant. Back down the hallway and past the lower terrace is the mezzanine bar, which is actually the original bar removed from the original 16th Street location, transported, reinstalled, and restored. The space also includes a private dining room and a state-of-the-art kitchen with a wine cellar and a pastry kitchen.
The custom millwork and finishes, such as wide-plank cherry floors and dark-green wainscoting, are wonderfully comfortable and familiar.
It’s good to be home—again.