Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient, a learning and consulting business. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards. Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), was a New York Times bestseller, and examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny has long served on the boards of Share Our Strength and City Harvest.  He is equally active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of NYC & Co, Union Square Partnership, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy. 


Lot 61

Sol LeWitt
Black and White Horizontal Lines On Color, 2005
Estimate: 70,000 - 100,000 USD

This stunning picture is mathematical and brooding all at once.  I could stare at it for hours.

Lot 233

John Baeder
Hot Dogs Pies, 2001
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD

I want to live in this image. Or at least open a roadside stand as an homage to it.

Lot 217

Gerhard Richter
Abstraktes Bild, 1988
Estimate: 350,000 - 500,000 USD

It took me years to fully appreciate Richter’s abstract work.  This one hits me in the gut and I just find it hauntingly beautiful.

Lot 46
Claes Oldenburg
Il Corso Del Coltello, 1984
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000

One of my favorite all-time pictures at Union Square Cafe is from Claes Oldenburg (hangs over table #67), and this knife and corkscrew would be equally at home there. Just might have to bid it up!

Lot 246
Yayoi Kusama
Black Butterflies, 1990
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000

I adore the pattern, colors, perfection, and dreamlike beauty of this picture.  I’d love to invite it into my home.