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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!

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

It's That Time Of Year…For Craft Fairs!

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Personally I hate that the holiday season–at least its commercial side–appears to start earlier and earlier every year. We’ve barely wiped off our Halloween makeup when the television ads and newspaper circulars start flying at us full force.

That being said, the holidays are indeed upon us and they do necessitate buying gifts so it’s time to get organized, people. Certainly our Jewish chums need to get on the ball, because Hannukkah starts in just a little more than a week! Yes, it’s Thanksgivukkah–brought to you by a calendar clash that happens once in a gazillion years.

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So way before there are stockings to stuff, there will be eight nights of gifts to be given. And here in New York, there are a bunch of seasonal craft fairs throughout the city where you can find unusual and cool gifts.

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is open every day–and blessedly indoors, which is such a plus on a chilly day. Seventy six vendors will be hawking ornaments, clothing, jewelry and home decor items.

The Union Square Holiday Market viagra no prescription isn’t open until the 21st, but it will be open seven days a week through December 24th. Not only can you get wonderful crafts, but you can stock up on produce and meats at the Farmer’s Market.

The Bryant Park Holiday Shops features more than 120 artisans and merchants from around the world through January 5th.

And finally, when it opens on December 3rd, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market will feature over a hundred vendors and a wide selection of unique and handmade gifts.

Happy shopping!

Six Reasons You Should Have Thanksgiving With Us

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1. You don’t have to have turkey. Not everyone loves the traditional feast. We can serve you venison loin, arctic char, lamb shank, or even lobster.

2. You don’t even have to have meat. We’re providing a vegetable plate as an entree for our vegetarian guests.

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3. Your drunken uncle will no doubt be chatting up our server instead of you. You’re welcome. Now enjoy your meal.

4. We have pumpkin pie. And apple pie. And pistachio creme brulee and chocolate mousse cake for the pie-averse.

5. No fighting over who has to do the dishes. We do all of them–every single one. You don’t even have to dry.

6. Not one of us will ask you when you’re finally going to get married. We swear. We won’t even quiz you on whether or not you’re dating.

So there you have it. We’ll cook, feed you, clean up after you and distract your crazy relatives. All for $55. Now that’s something to be thankful for. Check out the whole menu and make your reservations here.

 

 

Holiday Entertainment With The Kids

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I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But if you’re planning to come to the city and want to attend one of the popular holiday shows or ballets with your little ones, now’s the time to get tickets. In between checking out the Rock Center tree and department store windows, bring the kiddos to a real New York City holiday event. Here are a few crowd favorites:

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Tickets are on sale for The New York City Ballet’s version of George Ballanchine’s The Nutcracker. The magical world of toy soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairies are just as magical for adults as they are for the youngsters. Performances start on November 29th and run through January 4th. Tickets start at $89.

Yeah, it’s really corny. But face it, isn’t the whole holiday season a big, fat  ball of corny? And kids invariably love it. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, indian pharmacy featuring the Rockettes, starts this week and runs through the end of the year. Tickets start at $39.

A Christmas Story runs from December 11th through December 29th at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. The musical version of Ralphie’s painful yearning for his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle has been playing to sold-out audiences for the last few years. Tickets start at $63.

Follow up any of the shows with a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity and you’ll have one happy kid on your hands.

 

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Jazz & Colors

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Looking for something fun–and free–to do this weekend? Tomorrow, the New York City Parks Dept., Central Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bowl are putting on the second annual Jazz & Colors–a free musical experience featuring thirty–count ‘em, thirty–jazz ensembles performing at various locations right snack in the middle of the beautiful fall foliage in Central Park.

The lineup has Buy levitra lowest prices something for everyone, from small combos to big bands. The location is…well, all over the park. All thirty bands will play perform the same compositions scattered at different locations from Midtown to Harlem. A first set will be played from noon to 1:30. Musicians will take a break until 2 p.m., when they’ll play a second set and encores until 4 p.m.

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So what does the set list look like? The first set will include jazz standards like Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Miles Davis’ So What and Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia.

The second set will highlight songs about specific cities–like Gil Evans’ Las Vegas Tango, Gershwin’s A Foggy Day In London and Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train. (How could we have a festival without including A Train, people? I mean, seriously.) Remember, each band will simultaneously perform the same exact songs, allowing folks to hear unique interpretations of the same compositions as they explore Central Park. 

So who will be there? Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, for one. Drummer and percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. And Duane Eubanks–a great trumpeter coming out of the infamous Eubanks family, will be making a return appearance.

To get more info and get a map of who’s playing where, click here.

 


 

 

 

 

Five Things That You Didn't Know About Pumpkins

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I know that Halloween may be over, but pumpkins are here to stay, people. (At least for the next few months). So here are five things that you probably didn’t know about our favorite squash. Ready?

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1. Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

2. The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 lb, 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, in October 2010.

3. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.

4. The Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America. The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they encountered a great supply of pumpkins, which were obviously much easier to carve than turnips. (Ya’ think?)

5. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

Now you can say that you know at least five things about pumpkins. You’re welcome.

Click here to find Ina Garten’s (a.k.a. The Barefoot Contessa) yummy recipe for pumpkin viagra purchase canada pie!

 

It's Time For Autumn Desserts

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I love the yummy berry and peach dishes that are the cornerstone of summer desserts. But come fall, I rush through dinner because I just can’t wait to get to the sweet and comforting taste of apples and pears and pumpkin…flavors that announce the cold times ahead.

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Alana Ford, Consulting Pastry Chef for North Square, walked me through the newly revamped dessert menu, and it all sounds scrumptious.

Ford has created a chocolate pecan pie with bourbon and chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream (of course).

Pears are the star of a galette with almonds and a caramel semifreddo, almond butter crunch and pomegranate sauce.

How about a spiced bread pudding with cranberry compote, pumpkin ice cream and almond brittle?

Or a butterscotch pudding with caramelized bananas, ginger snap crumble and whipped cream?

Vegans and diners with gluten issues are not left out with an canadian healthcare levitra apple and cranberry crisp with vanilla (almond milk) ice cream and apple crisps that fit their dietary needs.

Add a chocolate mousse cake, pistacho creme brulee, cheese platter, cookies and sorbets and you’ve got a fantastic bevy of choices to wind up your dinner.

I asked Chef Ford what kinds of desserts she personally prefers at the end of a meal.

“I like simple things, like an apple tart, apple crumble. I love bread pudding.”

Clearly she’s brought that sensibility to the fall menu. Come by and taste the goodies and see for yourself!