I haven’t visited Union Square Cafe since I first moved to the city and sat at the bar on a Monday night to enjoy their lobster pot pie and a Casear salad with the famous USC banana tart. Ken and I ventured over since it’s a neighborhood restaurant and decided to enjoy brunch there last weekend. We started with their bread basket while we sipped on bloody marys and coffee:
I decided to order the trout with potatoes and vegetables:
Ken started with the red lettuce salad:
And then ordered the tuna burger because we read so many positive reviews about it:
The trout was standard (although it did not taste as fresh as anything I’ve ever eaten at Maialino) and the tuna burger was so terrible that I told Ken to not even bother finishing it. The burger was tuna meat that was chopped up, put back together, and grilled. The fish didn’t taste fresh at all and the side of coleslaw was absolutely…THE WORST. We also weren’t really impressed with their service (so slow it was like pulling teeth to get service). Not expected at all for a Danny Meyer restaurant and a very disappointing experience overall. It was nothing like what I had experienced during my previous visits and I hope it was a one time error on their part.