Union Square Hospitality Group, an institution in New York City’s dining scene responsible for hits like upscale bistro Union Square Cafe and Michelin-starred fine dining spot Gramercy Tavern, is expanding to Boston. The Boston Globe reports that the restaurant group, founded by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer, will be opening two restaurants in the Seaport in 2025.
The company didn’t disclose many details about the forthcoming restaurants but did confirm to the Globe that they will both be expansions of two of USHG’s existing concepts — one casual spot and one more “culinary forward and creative,” CEO Chip Wade tells the Globe. The group has 11 brands in its portfolio, ranging from the upscale Italian hot spot Ci Siamo to the popular all-day cafe Daily Provisions, known for its sought-after crullers.
The restaurants will be located at Commonwealth Pier, a mixed-use development currently under construction. According to the Globe, at least one other restaurant, run by a Boston operator, is going into the space, which will also feature a 25,000-square-foot waterfront plaza.
USHG is a heavyweight in New York’s dining scene, but it hasn’t experienced the same kind of success when it has ventured out elsewhere. The group tried expanding to D.C. in 2020 with Maialino Mare, a Roman-style trattoria focused on seafood, plus rooftop bar Anchovy Social, but closed that operation within two years.
Boston has been at the receiving end of a constant stream of new development from New York City-based chefs and restaurant groups within the past year, from George Mendes’s debut at Portuguese fine dining spot Amar inside luxury Back Bay development Raffles, to John Fraser’s food hall and forthcoming sit-down restaurant in downtown Boston, to the latest expansion of cult-favorite Szechuan Mountain House, which opened in Allston last fall.
The Seaport has specifically been attracting New York names like taqueria and cocktail bar Borrachito and Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery alongside local talent like restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli’s new seafood spot Hook + Line, Chickadee from James Beard semifinalist John daSilva, and a larger outpost of udon favorite Yume Ga Arukara, opening imminently. In the midst of all this, once again, we find ourselves wondering: Will everyone be dining out at the Seaport this year?