I dropped in at Union Square Cafe for a quick, early dinner at the bar. Due to some bad scheduling, I wasn't able to make it home for pre-Yom-Kippur-fast dinner, so I ran into USC.
The last time I was there (Restaurant Week a year or two ago), I was very disappointed. Tonight, the Meyer mothership redeemed itself.
Even though I was at the bar, the service was notably good. I told the bartender I was in a rush and that I wouldn't mind service as quick as they could do it, and he timed everything perfectly.
Anyway, on to what I had. Appetizer: a daily special which was basically fancy tuna salad. That might now sound so special, but it was quite good. Tasty tuna, very refreshing spicing (I don't know what they were). Second in taste only to my mother's version!
Main course: Roman style roasted baby lamb (are there any other type of lambs?) with sauteed wild mushrooms, eggplant, and fagioli all'Ucceletto. What a fantastic dish. Just really hearty food with rustic flavor. Exactly what USC does best when the kitchen is doing its best work. The lamb was delightfully tender. The knife the bartender gave me was completely unnecessary.
Okay, I have to stop writing. This is going to be a tough fast.
AssociEat (formerly known as EatClerk)