Despite the boring name and a Union Square West location that's generally home to stuffy, unexciting restaurants, The Gander has a lot of personality. It's also a comfortable eating environment, and it's massive. Worrying about covering the rent on this thing every month must be downright petrifying. They're making the most of it though, as The Gander is open for brunch on the weekends and lunch every day. We like it best as a place to take the parents, or your monthly/yearly date night with your significant other. The spacious bar is also an excellent place to dine or get a drink after work, and a prime meeting place for more casual affairs.