The Pavilion Opens in Union Square After Years of Delays

This dessert, made by pasty chef Terri Dreisbach, certainly looks like an auspicious start. Photo: Courtesy of The Pavilion

Plans have been in the works to convert the Union Square Pavilion into a restaurant showcasing the bounty of the Greenmarket for more than six years now, and after several lawsuits and other legal hurdles, Simon Oren's restaurant finally opens to the public tomorrow. The Pavilion is accepting reservations online, and Off the Menu reports that Mario Urgiles, who was the chef at Oren's midtown restaurant Maison, is in the kitchen here. He replaces Wayne Nish, who resigned last month. Terri Dreisbach, who worked for Bobby Flay and Philippe Chow, is the pastry chef. The Times also reports that the restaurant, which has a lot of outdoor, seasonal seating, will close for the winter months, starting in October. [NYT, Related]