Published on March 1, 2016

5 Union Square Restaurants New Yorkers Love

Trying a new restaurant near Union Square? Here's a list of Union Square restaurants New Yorkers and critics love.

5 Union Square Restaurants New Yorkers Love

1. AldeaAldeaChef George Mendes opened Aldea's Flatiron District doors in May 2009. Named after the Spanish word for “village", the two-story Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant features a menu inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and Mendes' heritage. In the modern, elegant space, a floating chandelier hovers above the chef's table and the wood bar, while the chef's counter overlooks the kitchen.

2. ABC Kitchen

ABC KitchenThe neighbor restaurant to ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen is Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's New American farm-fresh eatery, complete with a GMO-free menu and locally sourced ingredients. Frequently changing offerings are always free of preservatives and spotlight a vast array of fare. The commitment to sustainability is reflected in the minimal, bucolic-inspired space -- a dimly lit, romantic place to enjoy an imaginative cocktail or glass of wine.

3. ABC Cocina

ABC CocinaABC Cocina is Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Latin American fusion restaurant, built on a culinary philosophy that blends tradition and innovation. An extensive beverage program —including a selection of inventive margaritas —complements the ever-changing farm-to-table fare, sourced from boutique producers. The brick-walled, rustic-chic dining room creates a glamorous ambience in which to enjoy the seasonally inspired cuisine.

4. Gotham Bar and Grill

Gotham Bar and GrillLocated on a tree-lined Greenwich Village street, Gotham Bar and Grill bears the energy and feel of a Parisian brasserie in a distinctly downtown setting. The lively, approachable and award-winning restaurant boasts a seasonal New American menu created by Partner/Chef Alfred Portale, who is also credited with being one of the leaders of the national New American Cuisine movement. In addition to the legendary fare, a vast and varied wine cellar —complete with hard-to-get vintages and small production wines —makes Gotham Bar and Grill an unmissable wine destination.

5. The Gander

The GanderAt The Gander, Chef Jesse Schenker's New American restaurant, diners can enjoy innovative yet approachable cuisine in a warm, modern setting. Schenker's unique and imaginative cooking style is reflected in his creative pastas, entrees and charcuteries. In addition to a vast international wine program, The Gander also boasts a large assortment of spirits — all of which are available at the expansive bar.

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