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Line Cook

Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street)
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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