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!

7 Things You Didn't Know About Tomatoes

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I’ve told you all about our rooftop garden. It’s in full bloom now and Chef Yoel Cruz is happily utilizing every last eggplant, leek and pepper. I love everything we’ve planted, but my absolute favorite is tomatoes. There’s nothing better this time of year than a plump, juicy ruby red tomato, right? Here’s a few facts that I dug up about my favorite vegetable.

1.There are over 10,000 varieties of these yummy red veggies.

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2. The tomato originated in South America, around 700 A.D. The first Americans to use tomatoes in their cooking were the Creoles in South Lousiana.

3.  The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, followed by the U.S.A.,Turkey, India and Egypt.

4. You know that tomato is technically a fruit, but did you know that in 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are vegetables? In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a tax on vegetables–but not on fruits–causing the tomato’s status to buy generic cialis become a matter of legal importance.The court’s decision was made based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, and while a tomato may biologically be a fruit, it’s served and eaten more like a vegetable.

5. Bathing in tomato juice can get rid of the smell of a skunk spray. I thought that that was an Old Wive’s Tale, but turns out it’s true. Hopefully, I’ll never have to test this, but if anyone does, please let me know.

6. Tomato sauce is an excellent way of cleaning anything made from copper, as the salt and acidity of tomato sauce helps remove copper oxides, leaving bright metal behind.

7. You should never, ever store tomatoes in the fridge. What goes in plump and juicy will come out mealy and with a duller-than-dull flavor. Keep them on the windowsill while they ripen.

You are now officially a tomato expert. You’re welcome.

 

 

Eating cooked tomatoes may act as a kind of internal sunscreen, according to researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, by helping block UV rays. But eating tomatoes is only a supplement to using sunscreens, they caution, not a replacement. – See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/tomatoes/fun-facts-about-tomatoes#sthash.UaAhjhY7.dpuf

 

August In The City…Just You And Me

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Here’s the thing…I love New York City all year round, but I especially love it in August. I love New Yorkers–just not viagra online pharmacy too many of them all at once. August is the month when many natives have hightailed it to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore or anyplace with sand, leaving the concrete streets to me, myself and I (plus  a million or so of my close personal friends). So here are a few things that I plan to do this month now that the city is (close to) mine:

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Harlem Week is an uptown celebration that began in the ’70s as Harlem Day. Harlem Day has turned into Harlem Week–really Harlem month–as there are a bunch of performances, films, fashion and sporting events during the next few weeks. One feature of the festival is half-price Wednesday Amateur Night at the Apollo on the 14th and the 21st. (Be prepared for very candid reviews of the performers–New Yorkers don’t play.) This Saturday from 12 to 7, you’ll find a Dance Theater of Harlem Street Festival, an outdoor bash featuring arts and crafts, performance showcases, food and entertalnment on W.152nd from Amsterdam to St. Nicholas. Check the schedule for more events.

Take  there’s a last chance to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park. Love’s Labour Lost is being performed until the 18th. Grab a blanket and a picnic and head to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

I’ve already told you about about Summer Streets and restaurant week and outdoor movie screenings, right? And of course there are always a zillion Broadway and off-Broadway shows that are probably a teeny bit less crowded.

So there you have it. You have plenty to do and fewer folks to bump into. New York City Nirvana.

 

 

 

7 Reasons Why I Love Restaurant Week

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1. I’m cheap.

2. I love to try new places.

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3. I love to eat at my favorite joints for a mere pittance. (See #1.)

4. You can take a pal (or two) out to celebrate whatever and you look like a star.

5. Three dinner courses for $38 bucks? I’m in.

6. Three lunch courses for $25? Yes, please.

7. Again, I’m cheap.

But not McDonald’s cheap. I loooove good food and am willing to spend if it’s worth it, but frankly I get cranky if I pay big bucks for a meal buy viagra canada and it doesn’t hold up. But I do the happy dance when I can devour a good one for less than the market price.

So what’s going on at North Square for the remainder of the promotion? I’ve explained before that Chef Yoel is going crazy and changing the menu several times a week.

And I’m looking forward to these treats: cold red pepper bisque, grilled shrimp and calamari salad, paella–you read that right–paella, the nectar of the gods, strip steak, tropical fruit gazpacho, crab rolls, seared branzino, plum and blueberry pecan cobbler and the hazelnut peach tart.

You get the message. Make your reservations here. We can’t wait to see you!

 

It's Almost Restaurant Week!

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It’s a favorite time of year for food-obsessed folks. (Say that 10 times fast.) Restaurant Week(s)! North Square will provide a three course lunch for $25 and a three course dinner for $38 from July 22nd through August 16th.

And because we love our guests and want them to come back many, many, many times, Chef Yoel Cruz is mixing it up and changing the menu twice a week throughout the whole promotion. Here’s a little preview:

On the last week of July, lunch appetizers will include tuna tartare, ricotta ravioli, tomato gazpacho and a seared tuna roll. Entrees will feature paella, hanger steak, crab and pear salad, a chicken club and a lamb wrap, among other yummy plates.

For dinner appetizers, Chef Cruz is offering a tempura shrimp tostada, kale salad, tropical fruit gazpacho and beef carpaccio. For the main dishes, you can choose between roast pekin duck breast, seared stripe bass, wild viagra canada North Atlantic arctic char, roasted beef ribeye, again, among other choices.

And desserts! Try passion fruit coconut mousse cake, or pistachio creme brulee or chocolate sabayon cake or plum and blueberry pecan cobbler.

Remember, we’ll be serving up produce from our rooftop garden, so you can count on it to be super fresh, just like me.

Click here to make reservations today.

 

 

 

Restaurant Week, Part Deux

I’ve already posted about Chef Yoel’s first menu for Restaurant Week, but he’s switching it up. Here’s a bit of what the chef has got in store for the next phase of the promotion–January 17th and 18th.

For lunch, diners get a choice of wild mushroom soup, marinated grilled shrimp buying viagra now and winter vegetable salad for appetizers. Entrees are

either grilled scallops, Cobb salad or braised lamb quesadilla. Dessert is a choice of mocha bread pudding, warm Granny Smith apple and cranberry crumble or chocolate cream pie.  All for 25 bucks.

The dinner selections make me, and my stomach, ridiculously happy. Again Yoel has wild mushroom soup for an app…or arugula salad or grilled quail. (Special note: the quail is insanely good.)

Entrees will be braised short ribs, seared monkfish or pan roasted free range chicken breast.

Desserts include the chocolate cream pie, plus butterscotch creme brulee and pumpkin cheesecake.

Make your reservations now, people! And get the quail. Seriously.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Week Is A Comin'

Restaurant Week(s?) is starting next Monday and North Square’s Chef Yoel Cruz is all prepared with at least three different menus to serve throughout the promotion.

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Do other restaurants provide more than one menu for Restaurant Week? I’m not sure, but if they don’t they should because it’s a great idea. The more yummy dishes to try, the better in my book.

To refresh your memory, during the period, participating eateries charge $25 for a prix-fixe lunch and $38 for a prix-fixe dinner. It’s a fantastic, wallet-friendly way for diners to either try out a new joint or score a bargain-basement priced meal at one of their regular haunts.

Chef Cruz’s first menu will run from January 14th through January 16th. For lunch, appetizers are a choice of shrimp bisque, arugula salad or chicken risotto. Entrees are hanger steak with kale salad, a tempura shrimp sandwich or roasted chicken breast. Top if off with a dessert choice of chocolate mousse cake, pumpkin cheesecake or milk chocolate panna cotta.  All for 25 bucks!

Dinner is even crazier.  Along with the shrimp bisque, the first course gives you a choice of radicchio and Boston lettuce salad order viagra and braised lamb tart. Entrees choices are roasted Pekin duck breast, grilled pork rib chop or porcini dusted halibut. For dessert, once again you’ll find the milk chocolate panna cotta, plus mocha bread pudding and warm Granny Smith apple and cranberry crumble.

Seriously, people, this is a true value. Reservations are now being taken so call and reserve your table!