After over six years of delays, Union Square Pavilion is finally open to the public. The main draw of Simon Oren’s sprawling restaurant is the outdoor patio, which overlooks the park (and, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the beautiful Greenmarket). Chef Mario Urgiles, formerly of Maison, will cook simple dishes like pappardelle al pesto, wild-mushroom bruschetta, and branzino with vegetable ratatouille. Think of this as Tavern on the Green for the downtown set.
Goat-cheese and tomato tart.Photo: Liz Clayman
Organic salmon pot au feu.Photo: Liz Clayman
Crispy calamari with tomatillo sauce, garlic chips, and lemon zest.Photo: Liz Clayman
Beef carpaccio with baby arugula.Photo: Liz Clayman
Pastry chef Terri Dreisbach’s chocolate-beet cake.Photo: Liz Clayman
Six years in the making.Photo: Liz Clayman
The Pavilion, 20 Union Square West; 212-677-7818