“If you put on blinders, this looks just like table 38,” says Carmen Quagliata, before he settles down at the perfectly set corner table nestled inside the new Union Square Café on 19th Street in New York City.
Paintings by Robert Kushner and Susan Walp, relics of the original restaurant space on 16th Street, flank the surrounding walls, and the excited hum of front-of-house staff training fills in the air. Downstairs, cooks plan the line of attack for dinner service and wait for the real fun to begin.
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The gas is on and the tables are set. This sprawling iteration of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café, relocated just two blocks north of its original home, is finally opening on Thursday. (Daily Provisions, the all-day bakery, lunch counter and supper club, will open next door later on.)