On a recent Sunday, my mother and I found ourselves around Union Square looking for a place to have an easy, yet yummy brunch. A few friends had recommended the newish Union Fare, which opened in Spring 2016, so we figured we would assess the line. Upon entering this expansive, yet cozy space, I was taken aback by its industrial-chic vibe. I had heard about its food hall atmosphere, and was not expecting it to be so charming! There was a 20 minute wait for a regular table, but we were seated immediately in the bar area at a hightop — quaint and not filled with the typical Sunday brunch chaos.
The service was great, and complimented the ethnic twist on the simple dishes. We both ordered a delish beet/carrot/lemon/ginger juice. Bright and refreshing; perfect to fight off the feeling of an oncoming cold. Per our usual antics, we both ordered the Brunch Bowl. The mix of whole grains, beans, pollo pibil (an unbelievably flavored shredded chicken), guacamole, salsa, and sunny-side up egg left us speechless. That must mean something! Neither of us consume salt, yet the turmeric, cayenne pepper, and Annatto rendered the dish astonishingly tasty and aromatic; this speaks volumes for the chef’s creativity.
During the meal I was spying on other tables' Benedict Boards: eggs Benny on a heirloom tomato, Florentine style, atop smoked salmon or lobster, and even layered over prosciutto. I already know what to order next time.
I would highly recommend this for a quick, yet ambrosial meal, and am keen on going for dinner.
PS. They also serve poke, street food, and fish from their fresh raw bar. But stop by the bakery on your way out for one of their NYC-famous croissants. That is what all the fuss is about!
Union Fare, 6 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10013.