Union Bear is one of my favorite go-to places for a casual outing in West Village. On this occasion, it was to celebrate some birthdays and I figured some cheap craft beers and pizza would do the trick.
When I described to my friends that the thin crust was almost like a personal size pizza that any one person, especially if you are a dude (or me), could finish. I think they all took me too seriously or were really hungry. Somehow we ended up with six pizzas.
Overall, I wouldn’t say Union Bear has the best pizzas, but it does the job. It’s tasty enough. You have an option between thin crust or hand tossed and they offer about 10 different types of pizzas, as well as salads, sandwiches, etc. The menu is pretty standard for casual American fare and does change up every now and then. I was sad to see their sriracha laced elotes were gone. Sad face.
If you are familiar with Eno’s Pizza in Bishop Arts, the same owners also run Union Bear. Lots of craft beers in house along with a full bar and a fun upbeat atmosphere.
Since I wanted to try something a little different, I chose to go with the salad, sandwich and soup combo. My sandwich was a thick grilled cheese and ham sandwich with fig jam. A little different from the traditional, but I wasn’t too fond of the sweet taste, but then again I am not the sweet and savory person. My tomato basil was mediocre. It didn’t blow my mind, but it wasn’t incredibly awful either. Texture was smooth and creamy, but was missing a little bit of tang that I am usually looking for. The salad was probably my favorite part. Lettuce, red onions, cherry tomatoes, and shredded carrots in a sherry vinaigrette dressing. It offered a really good contrast for the combo.