Union square cafe, nyc 2 _ the wandering epicures

Union Square Cafe, opened in 1985 , was Danny Meyer’s original restaurant, but its rent on 16 th Street became oppressive and so he closed it in December 2015, re-opening it a year later on 19 th Street. Zucchini lasagna with cottage cheese Karyn and Blair joined Linda and me for dinner there on February 7, 2017.

We were seated on the mezzanine of this tiered restaurant. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach and meat We ordered a bottle of the house Champagne, Tassin ‘Union Square Cuvee’ Brut.


The menu is only a la carte, divided into Appetizers, Pasta, Mains, Sides and Desserts. Lasagna with cottage cheese instead of ricotta There are six to eight dishes in each. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach and ground beef We made our selections and ordered bottles of 2013 Belle Pente Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon) Pinot Noir and 2014 Wenzlau Estate Cuvee (Santa Rita Hills) Pinot Noir. Low fat lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Both had the good qualities of west coast pinot.

The mackerel was tender with well-balanced acid/oil. Quick and easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Not too much heat from chili.

The duck mousse and smoked duck slices were a luscious contrast to the grilled sourdough bread. Lasagna recipes with cottage cheese and spaghetti sauce Their smoky flavor went well with the greens, honeycrisp apples and walnuts on top of this excellent appetizer.

A sformato (a term literally meaning ‘unmolded’) is something like a savory flan or perhaps a souffle without the puff. Easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta At its most basic, it is actually a rather simple dish, a mixture of pureed or finely diced vegetables with bechamel and eggs, baked or steamed in a mold until set. Lasagna with ricotta and cottage cheese recipes The cauliflower flavor in this creamy sformato was pronounced. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and no boil noodles The roasted florets provided needed textural contrast. Easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach Truffle flavor was there, but not overpowering, appropriately so. No boil lasagna recipe with cottage cheese It was rich, so the small size was not an issue.

The polenta was buttery and fresh. Lasagna with cottage cheese vs ricotta The dabs of good pesto and of braised hen-of-the-woods mushrooms made it interesting. Lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese and cottage cheese A nice starter.

Linda wrote: The very light gnocchi tasted like a cheese mousse. Lasagna recipe easy with cottage cheese The tomato sauce was light and not too salty. Great lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Very nice. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and sausage Karyn wrote: Excellent. Easy lasagna recipe with ricotta and cottage cheese Achieved the classic “pillow”

The excellent Bolognese sauce was closer to the long-simmered traditional variety than what I had three months before in Bologna. How to make homemade lasagna with cottage cheese The tomato was present, but muted, and the meat partially absorbed. Oven ready lasagna recipe with cottage cheese The many layers of pasta sheets made this dish unctuous and enjoyable, different from the ordinary lasagnas common in New York restaurants.

As the four of us had already had two good courses and the pace was not fast, we needed another bottle of red wine. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta cheese The sommelier chose for us a bottle of 2014 Calera Pinot Noir.

Our table now looked like a wine tasting event, which it partially was.

Light and crispy; the anchovy mayonnaise added a nice salty/creamy flavor.

The skin had a good crust of spices and the meat underneath was juicy. Lasagna recipe with spinach and cottage cheese The sweet potatoes were charred and crunchy on the outside, sweet and fluffy in the middle. This kind of dish can be so average, but when well executed it is so good.

The meat was luscious with a good porky flavor, but the edges lacked the crispness I had hoped for. Spinach and meat lasagna recipe with cottage cheese The apple confit was traditional and just right. Healthy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese The beans underneath had absorbed the pork juices and kale; they were very good. How to make lasagna with cottage cheese and spinach The chop was quite thick and I could not finish it.

We did not order dessert, but we were offered this one to share for the table.

It featured a custard, a sorbet and candied kumquats on sort of a granola base.

The Italo-American cuisine was well composed and executed. Lasagna recipe with cream cheese and cottage cheese The service was very good. How to layer a lasagna with cottage cheese The pace was slow, but the four of us had plenty to talk about. Lasagna with sour cream and cottage cheese The noise level was energetic. Lasagna with zucchini and cottage cheese Danny Meyer does it again.

Here was the view from my seat across to the other wing of the mezzanine.

On leaving we could look back up to the mezzanine. Lasagna with ricotta or cottage cheese There is another level above that.

And these were the views coming down the stairs: back into the ground floor dining room and along the bar by the front door with Park Avenue South outside.

To see our meal at the original location four years ago click here.

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