5 Lovely Brunch Spots in Union Square

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Ah, Union Square: one of the most beloved parks in downtown Manhattan. While the best thing about the few block radius is the fabulous farmer’s market, there are quite a few mouthwatering choices for brunch that are guaranteed to leave you smiling from ear to ear.


[Park Ave South between 17th and 18th] Todd English’s fun and modern gem has a lovely atmosphere, great service and Mediterranean food with an inventive twist. Don’t skip out on the flatbreads!

  • Budget: $15 – $30 per person
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Best For: Family brunch or brunch with co-workers.
  • What To Order: Farmhouse Flatbread or the Olives Burger.
  • What To Know: They take reservations [and we highly recommend it!].
  • Scene: Trendy.
  • More Info: Olives 212-353-8345

Olives NYC

The House

[17th St between Park and Irving] This very romantic, 1854 carriage house turned classy restaurant has impeccable and attentive service. The tasty menu isn’t cheap but the overall dining experience makes up for it.

  • Budget: $12 – $27 per person
  • Cuisine: New American
  • Best For: Intimate brunch date or brunch with parents.
  • What To Order: Lobster Club Sandwich or The House Benedict.
  • What To Know: They take reservations.
  • Scene: Romantic & Classy.
  • More Info: The House 212-353-2121

The House NYC

The House NYC

Union Square Cafe

[16th St between Broadway and 5th] Danny Meyer’s USC has is both casual and elegant; sophisticated but accessible. While it’s not as sceney and trendy as his other NYC hot spots, this polished iconic restaurant has beyond flavorful dishes.

  • Budget: $20 – $30 per person
  • Cuisine: American
  • Best For: Family brunch.
  • What To Order: Burger, Lamb Omelette, Pastries.
  • What To Know: They take reservations, but it’s usually easy to walk right in.
  • Scene: Casual & Classy.
  • More Info: Union Square Cafe 212-243-4020

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

Blue Water Grill

[Broadway between 16th and 17th] Looking for quality seafood with a swanky, chic atmosphere? Look no further than Blue Water Grill, Union Square’s beautifully decorated, marble clad restaurant that’s housed in an old bank. The delicious menu may burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s definitely worth every penny.

  • Budget: $15 – $30 per person
  • Cuisine: New American, Seafood
  • Best For: Brunch date or an occasion brunch.
  • What To Order: Lobster & Shrimp Benedict or the Cinnamon Raisin French Toast.
  • What To Know: They take reservations.
  • Scene: Classy.
  • More Info: Blue Water Grill 212-675-9500

Blue Water Grill Blue Water Grill

Chat ‘n Chew

[16th St between Broadway and 5th] One step up from a diner, this Union Square staple is sure to bring you comfort and leave you satisfied. The decor reminds us of a mom and pop antique shop or garage, with a diner-esque ambiance. Chat ‘n Chew is super affordable and not fancy by any means, but it’s a local spot that guarantees a good ‘ol fashion meal.

  • Budget: $13 – $20 per person
  • Cuisine: Southern, American
  • Best For: Brunch with friends.
  • What To Order: Mac & Cheese or Thanksgiving on a Roll.
  • What To Know: They do not take reservations.
  • Scene: Casual.
  • More Info: Chat n’ Chew 212-243-1616