Come Have Easter Dinner With Us!

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It’s Easter weekend, everyone! The weather promises to act nice, so slap on your bonnet and get thee outside and have some fun.

There are still some tables open at the restaurant for dinner here at North Square, so forget about messing up your kitchen by cooking up a ginormous glazed ham and come and hang with us. No cleanup required!

Chef Cruz has created a lovely three-course menu for only 40 bucks. Specials like roasted venison saddle isn’t something you’d usually make at home, right? The chef pairs it with squash risotto, asparagus and juniper au jus. Pan-seared cod is available for fish eaters, plus a grilled rib-eye for steak fans (like me!).

Appetizers include clam chowder, a baby spinach salad and salmon tartare. And dessert? A pear and almond galette, pistachio creme brulee or chocolate tart.

Let us do the work while you catch up with your loved ones. We’ll take care of you. And we promise–no scary Easter Bunnies and for the love of God, no peeps!!!!

Make your reservations here. Happy Easter!

Yesterday Was National Pancake Day

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And I’m just writing about it now. I know, I know…a day late and a flapjack short, as they say. But every day should be Pancake Day, no? I dare you to find one person who doesn’t enjoy them in some form. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite stacks in the city:

Bubby’s has two locations: the original in Tribeca and a newer one by the High Line. You need their sourdough pancakes with fresh Maine blueberries. You really do.

Clinton St. Baking Company serves wild Maine blueberry or banana walnut or chocolate chunk stacks, all with with warm maple butter. Pair it with a side of sugar-cured bacon (yes, sugar and bacon–the two key food groups) and you will immediately go to your happy place.

Shopsins on Essex St. is famous for two things: its cantankerous owner and a menu longer than War & Peace. It looks like there are at least fifty different varieties of pancakes. Local favorites include Slutty Cakes, which consist of peanut butter smothered bacon sandwiched between banana pancakes. And how about Mac ‘n Cheese Cakes? You get the picture; this is the place for those that crave the new and unusual.

Fairway Cafe on the Upper West Side brings you back to the familiar, with killer silver dollar stacks. If you like your cakes thin, this is the place to go. (They have a gluten-free version too.)

And how can we not brag about Chef Cruz’s pumpkin pecan or blueberry wheat pancakes here at North Square? Insanely light and yummy. Come by for breakfast or brunch and check them out!

 

We Love You!

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We love our guests. We love you bunches. And we want you to have a fun-filled, loving Valentine’s Day, so spend it with that special someone or someones. (Some of my greatest V-Days have been spent with the best friends anyone could ask for.)

We’ve still got a few tables left tonight, so come on in and grab a romantic bite with us.

Until then, please enjoy one of the great romantic cinematic moments of all time:

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!! xxoo

Valentine’s Day Hangover Cure

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It’s Monday, February 17th. You’ve broken the bank proving your undying love to your one and only last Friday. Flowers? Check. Fancy-pants gourmet truffles? Done. Champagne, caviar, sparkly baubles? Yes, yes and yes.

Payback? Priceless. It was all worth it because your beloved will be bound to you forever, right? The bad news? You’re broke.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at your favorite restaurant, right? And you can, because next week is Restaurant Week, people! Come to North Square and chow down on a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38.

Of course Chef Yoel Cruz will change up the apps and entrees every few days like he always does, but we know that from the 17th through the 19th you can expect entrees like lobster, coriander crusted yellowfin tuna and paella. Lighter lunch fare like a hanger steak and organic kale salad and duck confit salad. Or winter comfort fare like a killer gourmet grilled cheese or short ribs.

So come and have a yummy bite with us for a mere song. Make your reservation here!

S.W.A.K.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Chef Yoel Cruz, romantic fellow that he is, has prepared a scrumptious, four-course prix fixe dinner for $55. That’s 55 bucks for four courses in New York City. Prepared by Chef Cruz. I dare you to find a better value.

First courses include oysters, mini lobster and crab cakes and corn blini with cured salmon, roasted peppers and dill creme fraiche.

The next round features a roasted beet salad, porcini dusted quail with a black truffle sauce, tuna tartare and lobster bisque.

Mains include filet mignon au poivre, roasted pekin dust breast, seared venison, tortilla crusted halibut and herb crusted rack of lamb (my fave).

Consulting Pastry Chef Alana Ford has put together a yummy chocolate pecan pie,  pistachio creme brulee, key lime pie and spiced bread pudding and an insane chocolate strawberry mousse cake. That’s right: Chocolate. Strawberry. Mousse. Cake.

We love you and want you to spend the evening with us! Click here to make reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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What You Don’t Want To Do This New Year’s Eve

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You do not want to spend $300 on an overcooked steak, wilted salad and a glass of cheap champagne.

You do not want to watch the ball drop in Times Square, unless you’re Ryan Seacrest and getting paid handsomely to be there. Trust me. You just don’t.

You do not want to be at a party packed to the gills with people you don’t know, with nowhere to run when that creepy stranger leans in for a sloppy kiss come the stroke of midnight.

You don’t want to do any of those things or be in any of those places, right?

Let’s face it: you just want to have a delicious, hassle-free meal with the one(s) you love. So save yourself. Come ring in the New Year us! No doubt the food will be good. (Does Chef Cruz ever disappoint?) The crowd will be friendly–no creeps allowed on the premises. And the bill won’t send you to the hospital with a coronary on the very first day of 2014.

The menu specials this year will feature seared foie gras, roasted wild boar, seared venison and a classic Surf and Turf, plus a variety of oysters and clams for the shellfish lovers out there. And yes, we have champagne.

So come spend the evening with us and start the new year off right. Click here for reservations.

 

 

Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Feast!

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First the bad news: that headline was really corny. The good news? While North Square will be closed on Christmas day, we’ll be open for business on Christmas Eve–complete with specials.

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Appetizer specials will include shrimp bisque, wild mushroom soup, eggplant cannelloni and grilled marinated quail.

Entree specials are roasted rabbit loin with wilted spinach, roasted carrots and spiced au jus. And grilled monkfish with herb roasted yellow potatoes, asparagus and a madras curry sauce.

Yum!

So whether you celebrate Christmas or not, give yourself a break and let us do the cooking!

It's Friday Night And It's Going To Snow Tomorrow…

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I don’t know about you, but snowy evenings make me crave cocktails. (So do clear ones, to be honest.) I managed to snag the recipe for one of the North Square Lounge’s tastiest winter cocktails–Take The “F” Train–to share with our blog readers, so listen and learn. Here we go:

Combine 2 oz gin, 2 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lime juice and 1/4 oz Campari. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Then, if you want to get fancy like us, garnish with a flamed orange twist.

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See? Easy as pie. But if you don’t feel like making this at home, come on in and have one with us! Or an Almond Old Fashioned. Or a Pear & Elderflower Martini. (My favorite.)

Have a great weekend, everyone! And stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So You're Visiting New York City On Thanksgiving Day

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What’s there to do? Is anything open?

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Of course, there’s the parade. That’s a no-brainer for some folks, but not for everyone. Fear not…there’s plenty of other ways to spend the holiday here:

Go ice skating! It’s cold enough but not so frigid that you’ll secretly hate whomever came up with that stupid idea to strap on blades and swoosh around on ice when it’s -30 degrees outside. The Wollman and Lasker Rinks in Central Park, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, the Riverbank State Park uptown and Rockefeller Center rinks are all welcoming skaters on Thursday.

Take the kids (or adults) to the Central Park Zoo. Check out the Sea Lions, Red Panda or the oh-so-creepy-looking Emerald Tree Boa.

Speaking of Central Park, all of our city parks are open. Spend an afternoon wandering through Riverside, Prospect or any other green public space soaking up the late autumn sun.

And residents and visitors alike can pay their thanks and good fortune forward by volunteering with groups like God’s Love We Deliver, who cook up and transport delicious meals to those who are too ill or incapacitated to cook themselves. Or Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provide at-home nourishment to the elderly.

And you know that you can have a fine feast with us, right?

However you plan to spend your day, have a wonderful one.

Lots of love from your friends at the Washington Square Hotel! xxoo

Fall–And Chef Cruz's Menu–Is Upon Us

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Chef Yoel Cruz is debuting his fall menu today…complete with herbs, chillies, sweet peppers, tomatoes and various other treats directly from our own Jake’s Rooftop Garden.

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Check out some highlights:

For the appetizers, you absolutely must order the saffron risotto with carrots, chanterelle mushrooms and romano cheese. (You really do.) Or check out what I consider a Cruz Classic: corn and mushroom tamal with zucchini ad guajillo chile (both from the garden), wild mushrooms and crème fraîche.

Salad eaters have a choice of four: kale and treviso, radicchio and Boston lettuce, endive or a basic chopped salad with beets, jicama, carrots and a bunch of other yummy veggies.

Seafood lovers can chow down on tuna tartare or lobster and crab cakes.

On to the entrees:

Pan-seared cod, roasted rack of lamb, coriander-crusted yellow tuna, roasted lobster, buy viagra super active Pekin duck breast, grilled pork ribeye, plus the ever delicious arctic char and sea scallops.

And short ribs…I’ll say it one more time…short ribs. Life is good.

Come visit and taste for yourself!