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Zagat: The Pavilion Brings Market Flavors Into Historic Space

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The Pavilion, a new restaurant four years in the making, has finally set up shop in Union Square. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report for NY1.


The Pavilion
20 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-7818

After popular Union Square outdoor bar Luna Park closed in 2007, the city decided to add a restaurant to the park's landmark pavilion. Restauranteur Simon Oren won the bid four years ago and The Pavilion is his new restaurant that recently opened in the historic space.

"It is very exciting to be here, we want to invite all the neighborhood to try the space, the bar and the food," says Oren.

The Pavilion - now open for lunch and dinner - will soon be open for breakfast and brunch. For the menu, Chef Mario Urgiles utilizes local seasonal ingredients found in the Union Square Farmer’s Market.

"The menu, for me, it's a little Mediterranean, French Mediterranean food that is very much based on the farmer’s market,vegetables. We have a beef carpaccio which is delicious and very simple - baby arugula, parmesan cheese, filet mignon and sea salt. For entrees, we have a housemade pappardelle with pesto made from the farmer’s market touched with a Crescenza cheese which is very rich in flavor," says Oren.

The cocktail program, headed by mixologist Joel Cruz, also utilizes local ingredients from the nearby market in drinks like the Pavilion ‘75, made with fresh herbs and citrus.

"My favorite one is the Pavilion ‘75. We use gin, local thyme and fresh honey, the honey is picked up from the farmer's market, and a couple limes and lemon juice. Very refreshing for the outdoor setting," says Oren.

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