Union Square Hospitality Group is a leading operator of upscale Manhattan dining spots with a portfolio of 10 restaurants. Owned by chef Danny Meyer, the company's portfolio includes Eleven Madison Park, the Gramercy Tavern, and Tabla, as well as Meyer's flagship Union Square Cafe. It also runs Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 located at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the popular Shake Shack burger stands in Manhattan. In addition to dining, Union Square Hospitality offers catering and concessions services through its Hudson Yards Catering unit. Meyer helped pioneer the concept of American cuisine with the opening of New York City's Union Square Cafe in 1985.
While restaurateur Meyer is best known for his fine dining accomplishments, Union Square has been successful in branching out into new arenas and dining segments. The Shake Shack, in particular, has made serious inroads with its gourmet approach to quick service dining. Meyer launched a consulting arm called Hospitality Quotient in 2010 intending to help other restaurant operators improve their businesses.
Union Square's concessions business expanded in 2009 when Hudson Yards took over hospitality operations at Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets in Queens. The company's food court location opened with a Shake Shack, a Blue Smoke barbecue joint, and two new concepts -- El Verano Taquería (Mexican cuisine) and Box Frites (Belgian-style fries). Hudson Yards has a five-year partnership with foodservice contractor Aramark operate at the stadium. – less