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!

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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!

 

 

 

Join Us At The NYC Wine And Food Festival!

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So what are you doing the weekend of the 18th? I can tell you that we’ll be at Food Network’s NYC Wine and Food Festival!

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Tons of foodie panels, classes and tastings are happening all over the city during this four day event.

Want to know how to pickle? Check out The Art of Pickling with McClure’s Pickles.

Love Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir Blood, Bones and Butter? (Blogger’s Note: If you haven’t read viagra online switzerland it and you’re into food, you really should.) Then get tickets to Blood, Bones and Bubbly, in which she teams up with Wine Wise Guy Anthony Giglio for an afternoon pairing seminar showcasing Hamilton’s unique recipes and fun stories from her book.

Are you a fan of farmer’s markets? Head to a Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. Meet the food industry’s favorite local farmers and learn first hand about their star products. Witness the transformation of field fresh goodies in the raw into culinary perfection. And more importantly, attendees get to eat the results.

Food Network celebrities such as Mario Batali, Robert Irvine, Ted “You have  been chopped!” Allen, and Anne Burrell, renowned chefs like David Bouley and David Chang and writers and editors like Melissa Clark (The New York Times) and Dana Cowin (Food and Wine) are all participating in the event.

And yeah, we can’t forget our own chef extraordinaire, Yoel Cruz! Chef Yoel will be participating in the Grand Tasting at Pier 94 on 55th St. and the West Side Highway on Sunday, October 20 from 12pm – 6pm serving–get this–duck confit on a wonton crisp with kumquat tamarind glaze.

Please join us on Sunday and say hello to Chef Yoel and the gang. We promise you won’t be disappointed. And in case you’re feeling like a glutton, 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

Duck confit…food bank. It’s a winning combination, don’t you think?

 

 

 

Beer, Beer And More Beer!

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It’s October, people, and you know what that means…Oktoberfest! Beer! Cider! More beer! I asked North Square’s Beer Sommelier, Pamela Amatucci, for a few yummy autumnal suggestions and here’s what she came levitra buy up with:
Pamela describes Smuttynose Pumpkin (How much do you love that name?) as, “the beer drinkers pumpkin beer.” It’s made from fresh pumpkin, a bonus as apparently some pumpkin beers are made with some mystery “natural flavor”. With a combination of toasted malt, bitter hops and herbal flavor that balances the cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin, this beer finishes completely balanced.
Harpoon Octoberfest is a full-bodied American marzen (pale lager) backed with a toasted bready malt palate, hints of chocolate and a sweet fruitiness. Pamela finds Harpoon clean and drinkable and reports that it is commonly described as a top seasonal selection among other American Ocktoberfests.
And what about cider?
McKenise’s Seasonal Reserve Cider is a rich, mulled, spicy, hand-pressed cider. “Tastes like mom’s apple pie in a bottle,” Pamela says. The aroma smells of cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg—and the taste is light enough to drink all night long.
Come on over and test these out!

 

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Taste Of The Village

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On next Thursday (September 26th), North Square will be present and accounted for at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village Festival.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Square Park; we want to maintain its renovated loveliness, right? Over 30 food and wine purveyors will be hawking their wares alongside us. 50 bucks gets you all the nibbles you can eat between 6 and 8 p.m.

Chef Yoel Cruz is outdoing himself this year with this offering: tuna tartare with a sesame cracker and heirloom gazpacho soup with basil oil. Yuh-mee.

Other vendors include Sushi purchase viagra canada Samba, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Burger Joint, Citarella and Curry Kitchen.

Tickets can purchased in person (cash or check only) at the Village Alliance office, 8 East 8th Street (btw 5th Ave./University Pl.) Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Or make your life easier and buy them online here.

See you there!