This beautiful NYC landmark has pizza and bocce

Jun 18, 2018 252

BY: Steve Cuozzo

You don’t have to be a whiz at bocce, the Italian lawn game, to enjoy Bocce USQ, the new pizza-driven, indoor/outdoor cafe that’s taken over the Union Square Pavilion. While a few customers toss balls in a tiny gravel court, many more happily wolf down crowd-pleasing pizza ($16 to $20) and share plates ($12 to $21).

The Pavilion has had its ups and downs in the past, but the new edition — led by managing partner Jason Leeds, executive chef Tim Meyers, pizza consultant Anthony Falco and GM Chris Johnson — looks like a keeper. The 19th-century elevated masonry pavilion with its hexagonal-tiled patio has a new menu, new name and a tastefully redesigned setting.

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