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Bartender

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

Make a meaningful impact as a Bartender at Union Square Cafe!

Founded by CEO Danny Meyer with the opening of Union Square Cafe in 1985, Union Square Hospitality Group has created some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, cafes, and bars such as Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, The Modern, Marta and Porchlight to name a few!

Union Square Cafe is seeking a Bartender to be an ambassador for our mission: To be the place in New York City where “Going out, feels like coming home”. A Bartender at Union Square Cafe will excel at applying empathy to every guest they care for so they may create and maintain our guest’s loyalty, while ranking their teammate’s needs even higher. A Union Square Cafe Bartender will be adept at facilitating emotionally connected dining experiences while expertly crafting cocktails and beverages in this fast-paced, multi-faceted, neighborhood cafe. This position actively embodies, inspires, & elevates USHG’s Family Values of Hospitality, Excellence, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Integrity. 


We are a Values-Driven Company that is committed to creating great work experiences for our people with lots of growth opportunities for advancement.

As an important member of our team, you’ll receive

  • Full Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Paid Time Off to support you in having an active life outside of work
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Dining credit and discounts throughout the USHG family of restaurants
  • Matched 401(k) to help you invest in your future
  • Participation in annual bonus plan and long-term incentive plan
  • Access to Mentor Programs, Career Development classes, and personalized career advancement support

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain an understanding of the proper steps of service required of all FOH service positions
  • Maintain mental athleticism for coordination between the cycles of service of those dining at the bar, and producing the beverages needed in other areas of the restaurant
  • Strong communication and listening skills to effectively deliver accurate messaging to both guests and teammates
  • Have a professional knowledge base of classic and creative cocktails
  • Can interpret guest’s desires and bring them to life in liquid form
  • Have a base knowledge and understanding of classic cookery, while having an advanced understanding of wine, beer, and cocktails
  • Menu and beverage knowledge is kept current as menus evolve
  • Have a general knowledge and understanding of Department of Health (DOH) food safety standards
  • Derives pleasure from providing hospitality

What You Bring to the Table

  • Commitment to embodying our Family Values of:
    • Integrity- Doing the right things always- using sound judgment- even when no one is looking
    • Excellence- Doing what needs to be done, as well as it can possibly be done
    • Hospitality- Doing all that can be done for others- and more than is expected- in thoughtful ways that let people know you are on  their side
    • Entrepreneurial Spirit- Seeing opportunities others haven’t- and creating opportunities others wish they’d thought of first
  • Excellent Emotional Self Awareness under pressure while maintaining a graceful, warm presence.
  • Curious Intelligence to continue learning in the position
  • Open availability and a career mentality
  • 1-2 years New York City fine dining experience in a bartender position
  • A Culinary and/or Beverage certificate/degree

Skills & Requirements Qualifications

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.