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The Safe Bet

Union Square Café
21 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10013

Durability is a great way to judge a restaurant, particularly when it’s located in a hyper competitive market like Manhattan. Though in truth, durability frequently has its drawbacks as well. Union Square Café has watched proudly from its perch on East 16th Street as the neighborhood has literally transformed itself over the years! What was born as a breakthrough restaurant has become familiar, warm and safe, with a menu that could easily have been handed out on its first day.

But that warmth is sometimes all you’re looking for, in addition to the rock solid food and impeccable service that are the real reasons behind USC’s continuing success. Just take a look at the menu and imagine tucking into the BBQ Spice Duck Prosciutto starter then following that with Grilled Lamb Chops Scotta Ditta. You know you’re going to like this, and it will be expertly prepared, so now all that’s left is to scour the well thought out and presented wine list for some great deals!

Some recent values on the list:

1993 Vina Tondonia Blanco Reserva $86
2008 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera San Lorenzo $74
2005 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses $35
2000 Chateau Bel-Air Ouy St. Emilion $105
1978 Rocche dei Manzoni Vigna Roul Barolo Riserva  in magnum $500

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  • Snooth User: Hana Choi
    Hand of Snooth
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    Ditto on Otto! We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal with delicious, fairly priced pairings.

    Thanks for including 8th Street Cellar - with its great happy hour (I think $18 bottles, 4p-7p), it's a favorite and reliable neighborhood gem!

    Aug 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  • During happy hour they @ 8th Street Wine Cellar, they offer $18 bottles, and a decent selection too. This is where I got my friend, a die-hard pinot grigio drinker for the 10+ years I've known her, to try something different ... and the rest is history. We continue to go here and she relies on me to pick the bottle from the happy hour list.

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    Love the love for the wine bar! It's a great place to try something new, which is part of what makes a good wine bar good!

    Aug 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

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