North Square in NYC, New York

 North Square in NYC, New York

North Square in NYC, New York

North Square is probably the kind of restaurant you have no idea exists. Located on the North square of Washington Square Park, this medium size restaurant is really a true find, although my first impression of the place was negative, the patrons being of a certain age, not that I have anything against it, but it definitely gave a certain vibe. Well, eating there changed my mind and I have to admit that I am looking forward to going back. The service was also on point and they addressed an issue with one of my dishes with great professionalism.

 Wine selection at at North Square in NYC, New York

Wine selection at at North Square in NYC, New York

As we were looking at the menu, they brought us some bread, with olives, cornichons and pickled onions, as well as some olive oil. At least, it was not a boring bread basket: it had different kinds of bread such as one with nuts and cranberries.

 Bread basket, olives, cornichons and olive oil at North Square in NYC, New York

Bread basket, olives, cornichons and olive oil at North Square in NYC, New York

 Olives and pickles at North Square in NYC, New York

Olives and pickles at North Square in NYC, New York

 Bread at North Square in NYC, New York

Bread at North Square in NYC, New York

The menu at North Square is pretty interesting for an American bistro as it offers Mediterranean dishes or flavors. For instance, I tried their sausage plate that was composed of
merguez (a lamb sausage from North Africa), Linginuica (Portuguese smoked pork sausage), jalapeno chicken, roasted grape tomatoes, garlic, cipollini onions, pita, as well as two sauces: hot mustard and a chive aïoli, This was a great sampler dish that is perfect for sharing. These sausages were succulent, my favorite being the merguez that was so flavorful. I should mention that the jalapeno chicken was very spicy, but so good, I could not resist going back to it.

 Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

 Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

 Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

 Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

Sausage plate at North Square in NYC, New York

Jodi chose the vegetable tagine, also a North African dish, made with eggplant, zucchini, fennel, Brussels sprouts, chick peas, quinoa and a crispy corn tortilla. Know that this dish is vegan and gluten free, the only one of that sort for entrees. For sure, it is an adaptation of a traditional dish as, normally, it is couscous, not quinoa that would be used. It was a pretty good dish, healthy and very flavorful, a good alternative if you do not want to eat meat.

 Vegetable tagine at North Square in NYC, New York

Vegetable tagine at North Square in NYC, New York

 Vegetable tagine at North Square in NYC, New York

Vegetable tagine at North Square in NYC, New York

On my side, I went for the lamb sliders.

 Lamb sliders at North Square in NYC, New York

Lamb sliders at North Square in NYC, New York

Well, first of all, when I read sliders, I was expecting something smaller, especially after having an appetizer to share all by myself. I never resist a lamb burger, a dish that should be more often offered. It was delicious, the lamb being juicy and having this bold flavor that make this meat so particular, topped by pickles that added some crunch. It was served with some onion Rings that were nicely crunchy and not greasy, cooked all the way through, jalapeño pickled vegetables, and a lemon Aïoli.

 Lamb slider at North Square in NYC, New York

Lamb slider at North Square in NYC, New York

 Onion rings at North Square in NYC, New York

Onion rings at North Square in NYC, New York

For dessert, we went for:

The chocolate mousse cake:

 Chocolate mousse cake at North Square in NYC, New York

Chocolate mousse cake at North Square in NYC, New York

 Chocolate mousse cake at North Square in NYC, New York

Chocolate mousse cake at North Square in NYC, New York

And the key lime pie:

 Key lime pie at North Square in NYC, New York

Key lime pie at North Square in NYC, New York

 Key lime pie at North Square in NYC, New York

Key lime pie at North Square in NYC, New York

Both desserts were fantastic and, although we were full, we could not resist finishing them. If you are a chocolate lover, then the chocolate mousse cake if for you: it was dense and decadent. The key lime pie was also a hit, and I truly appreciated that it was not too sweet. This was the perfect way to end a delicious meal.

I admit that I did not expect such a fantastic meal at North Square and there is no question that I would go back!

Enjoy (I did)!

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