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Union Fare

Restaurants, Food court Union Square
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Union Fare
Photograph: Masahiro Noguchi

Time Out says

Draft lattes, balsamic cocktails and Santa Barbara sea urchin—you can get all of it under one roof at this 25,000-square-foot restaurant-and-market concept taking over the former Barnes & Noble flagship space. The sprawling complex is broken down into various grab-and-go stalls: A third-wave café turned wine bar serving La Colombe brews during the day and vino and snacks in the evening; a raw bar and a charcuterie station slicing house-cured meats and local cheese; and a bakery helmed by pastry chef Thiago Silva (Catch) that offers house-baked breads and a variety of flavored croissants (red velvet, peanut butter and jelly), part of a larger to-come food market stocked with Hawaiian poké, Peruvian rotisserie chicken and New York street food. The hall also plays host to a 185-seat full-service restaurant from chef Yvan Lemoine centered around New American plates like crispy suckling pig with shredded kale kimchi and a summer heirloom-tomato terrine with soft-boiled egg and ramp pesto.



Address: 6 E 18th St
New York
Cross street: between Broadway and Fifth Ave
Price: Average main course: $31
Opening hours: Mon, Sun 8am–10pm; Tue, Wed 8am–11pm; Thu–Sat 8am–11:30pm
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Meant to just stop in for a pastry, but wound up sitting down for a snack- We had mimosas, a sampling of "smashes" (berries and ricotta, avocado toast, and strawberries, banana, and peanut butter) and a fresh juice. Loved the atmosphere/decor- The light fixtures, the plates/presentation- everything was fresh and modern. Would love to go back and try more on the menu- a little pricey, but I really loved the bright, cheery atmosphere. 


This place was so nice we got it twice - in one day! We started having brunch in the main dining room (which is legit massive) and we got a number of the toasts. I could eat those babies all day. (Note: no actual babies were consumed at this restaurant) Then we were still hungry but were going to walk around and find something else when we found this whole other side where they have sort of a grab-and-go situation of coffee and pastries PLUS a whole other sit-down area with a different menu. Much more casual dining experience (we were sitting at legit picnic tables) but equally delicious. I didn't try the croissants (do you hate me, I hate me) but I'm still thinking about it 6 months later obviously. 

You must go by this place and try their pastries. One of the most fascinating things I've ever had is their rainbow birthday croissant. It's as good as it sounds and it lives up to the hype on social media. The visual of the colors and the gooey frosted center is worth the calories. Get their early though as they do sell out. There are lots of other unique flavors that I've gotta go back and try!