Recipe: Union Square Cafe’s Dominican Beef Stew

Victor Estrella, a porter at Union Square Cafe, has been serving up this traditional Dominican beef stew as the family meal since he began working there in the early 1990s.

Union Square Cafe - Dominican Beef Stew & Pineapple Cucumber Agua Fresca
Union Square Cafe’s Dominican Beef Stew was such a staff family meal hit that it was eventually added to the weekend brunch menu. (Photo by Marcus Nilsson)

Last October, we received a note from listener, Steve, who reminded us of just how good Union Square Cafe’s Dominican Beef Stew is. He described this “ethereal” recipe as being “by far the biggest hit of all,” so while the restaurant awaits completion of their new location in Manhattan this spring, we thought we’d share the recipe with you.

When Evan spoke with Michael Romano, President of Culinary Development for Union Square Hospitality Group, he’d just published the book, Family Table: Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home, together with partner Danny Meyer, co-author Karen Stabiner and his restaurant staff.

Romano says that each of their restaurants establishes its own personality and system when it comes to the staff family meals. This Dominican Beef Stew recipe actually comes from Victor Estrella, a porter at Union Square Cafe. His dish was so popular with the staff that it was eventually added to the weekend brunch menu.


 

(Reproduced from FAMILY TABLE, © 2013 by USHG, LLC, and Karen Stabiner. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.)