Pasta Pie! +

A Pasta Pie Brunch

We are really excited about two things:

  1. Thrillist is featuring Chef Carmen's recipe for Pasta Pie (think carbonara meets kugel meets flaky pie crust) on Friday, January 30th
  2. We are serving Carmen's Pasta Pie for brunch on Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st

This rich, noodly, flaky, yummy dish is the perfect antidote to this grim winter weather, and we hope you come try it and check out the recipe on to make it yourself!

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Large Parties

Our Greenmarket-inspired Chef's Table is served family style and accommodates up to 14 guests.


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Before usc

It’s a little-known fact that the space Union Square Cafe occupies used to be a vegetarian restaurant (the first of its kind in the United States) known as Brownies. Here is Danny Meyer standing in front of the restaurant just before completion of renovation in 1985.

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Duqqa home recipe:

Duqqa is a mixture of herbs, nuts, spices and olive oil that is typically used as a condiment for dipping bread or vegetables. This is Carmen's and Sam's original take on this Mediterranean staple, which we serve with fresh breads at the beginning of your meal.

½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds         
2 cups toasted pistachios
2 teaspoons salt
¼ cup fresh lemon juice  
2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
2 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped oregano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

Roast the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pistachios separately. Lightly grind the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a food processor. Crush the pistachios with the side of a large knife or a rolling pin and mix with the seeds. Dissolve the salt in the Lemon Juice and toss with the nut mix. Then toss the nut mix with the fennel, coriander and black pepper, Set aside.

Put the extra virgin olive oil in a pan and heat until just hot to the touch. Add the oregano and rosemary and stir until you hear it crackle. Immediately pour the oil over the nuts and mix evenly. Let the Dukkha cool to room temperature then wrap tight and refrigerate before serving.