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Line Cook

Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street)
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Job Description

Are you hungry to achieve excellence?

Are you seeking the tools to realize the highest version of “you”?

Do you seek a career path which promotes upward mobility?

If so, apply for our Line Cook position today!

Union Square Cafe is seeking a Line Cook to be a part of the team that brings to life this renowned New York City dining experience.  A Union Square Cafe Line Cook is an ambassador for our mission: To be the place in New York City where “Going out, feels like coming home”.  A Line Cook at Union Square Cafe will excel at cooking in this fast-paced, dynamic cafe, while executing each dish’s design with excellence.  This position actively embodies, inspires, & elevates USHG’s Family Values of Hospitality, Excellence, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Integrity. 

Service periods will include Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner

Candidate Capabilities:

  • Able to execute and maintain the preparations, recipes, mise en place, and service of the assigned station
  • Have a knowledge base regarding, and be able to demonstrate classic cooking techniques including, but not limited to; roasting, grilling, baking, frying, sautéing, braising, and garde manger.
  • Able to demonstrate proper knife-skills and work space tidiness in a fast-paced environment  
  • Maintain Mental athleticism and coordination with other stations for proper timing of pick-ups
  • Strong communication skills to convey needs and complete each transaction in a professional manner
  • Maintain and ensure proper plate presentation and cleanliness for each dish                  
  • Stay up to date on menu changes for all Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert shifts.
  • Have knowledge of Department of Health (DOH) standards

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Excellent Emotional Self Awareness under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • A high level of product and ingredient knowledge specific to Union Square Cafe
  • Confidence in effectively communicating any inconsistencies to Sous Chefs and teammates
  • A passion for the Green Market and the desire to go the extra mile to help bring it to our guests
  • Experience with or desire to learn fresh pasta production
  • 1 year New York City fine dining experience in a position responsible for preparing and cooking plated food
  • A culinary education resulting in a degree/certificate

Union Square Cafe will proudly operate under Hospitality Included, USHG’s non-tipping pay structure and career progression model.  Hospitality Included acts to close the wage disparity between the BOH and FOH, while keeping the FOH whole.  Hospitality Included provides a career progression model that activates growth levels within each position, for our team members to advance both financially and professionally.

  • Starting wage is $14/hr. with room to level up to $16/hr.
  • Health, dental, vision, paid time off, matching 401(k) and more!
  • Opportunities for career growth with Union Square Cafe and other USHG restaurants*
  • USHG Career Counseling
  • USHG Learning, Development, and Enrichment opportunities

Join Union Square Cafe for our re-opening and begin building your path for tomorrow’s growth, today!

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