Mon-Fri, 7:30am-11am, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sat, 7:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, 7:30am-4pm and 5:30pm-10pm
A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.; 1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.
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Tucked in the basement of the Washington Square Hotel, this cozy bistro is an unpretentious escape from the surrounding NYU bustle. Popular with that university’s faculty crowd, North Square delivers a relaxed setting across three rooms and, unusually, a value-priced wine list, too. The furnishings alternate, jarringly, between traditional American and Art Deco—beautiful wood floors and mahogany furniture clash with a garish purple palette that appears in varying shades on the walls, banquettes, tablecloths, tile mosaics, and pretty much anywhere else you look. Like the décor, the menu is a mishmash. Chef Yoel Cruz dabbles in Southwest, Latin, Asian, Thai, and American steakhouse cuisines. His ingredients are high quality, but too many flavors overwhelm many plates. But if you’re looking for a little less fanfare with your food, you’re in luck, because you can mix and match entrées and accompaniments at whim.Recommended Dishes
Lobster and crab cakes, $12; filet mignon au poivre, $32