North Square
North Square

North Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.northsquareny.com/
  • Phone: 2122541200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast, Everyday: 7:30am-11:00am Brunch, Saturday: 12:00pm-3:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm Lunch, Monday-Friday: 12:00pm-3:30pm Dinner, Monday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm-10:00pm Lounge, Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Yoel Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Jazz Brunch on Sundays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Macdougal
  • Public Transit: West 4th street - A,B,C,D,E,F trains Christopher St. - 1/9 trains
  • Parking: No
A word from North Square
An intimate American Restaurant with plush, cozy banquettes and picture perfect views of Washington Square with a separate, hide-away speakeasy cocktail lounge.
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North Square reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (35)great for brunch (32)great for lunch (28)special occasion (17)good for groups (17)romantic (16)notable wine list (12)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Perfect as it is
    MAGS
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I hope this neighborhood gem stays around for a very long time. The food is good (the brunch is amazing), the service gracious and the location, tucked away but not too far away, makes for a lovely place to bring guests from out of town or for a meal before an event at the Public Theater, the Joyce, or any of the West Village clubs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT meal!
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Yum, yum.. . The medium-rare salmon was done to 'perfection'!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A round peg in a square hole ?
    Lotsa
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    There is something nice about this place and also something odd. On the one hand you have very attractive people welcoming you on the other hand i could not work out who was managing the place. The food was probably better than the 3 stars but we all suffered from salt overdose later and were all drinking water like mad. Chefs should realise that 1990s methods of flavouring have moved on and salt should be on the table not in the food. We were well served but it was very stilted. If I was the owner I would be worried about the loose canons being left to their own devices. I felt they were more busy doing things than caring for us. In short a clunky heavy handed experience but the quality of the food was good marred only by the saltiness .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice for village dining
    Nyfoodie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lovely spot with great food, courteous staff and lovely atmosphere. A little gem in the village! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Lacking
    richysVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is quite tasty, but the service is quite amateurish. When we ordered a bottle of wine, they basically suggested that we order by the glass instead since they weren't sure if they would be able to find the bottle. We did decide to select a bottle and it take them forever to bring it to the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    cuzdoc
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is excellent as are the wines. The service is friendly and prompt and the atmosphere is comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indifferent service
    Ditte
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Server had a rather cold demeanor. Atmosphere was pleasant, food was good, particularly the chopped salad. Drinks were fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in the Village
    VillageSenior
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    North Square has been my favorite restaurant in the Village for years. The food is always good with wonderful bread and olives. It is quiet so a conversation is possible and they don't play the music too loud in the lounge. The service is good so overall North Square is an A plus for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always consistent
    BEE1
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    North Square is somewhat unique as local restaurants go. The hum in the restaurant is low allowing for easy flowing conversation. The service is unrushed allowing for a leisurely meal. Moreover, unlike many restaurants, you can order your main course a la carte and supplement with side dishes of choice. Although this option is no longer on the menu all you need to do is ask. As a result our group has always had an excellent, well-priced meal of exactly what we want to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly find
    UpperEastsiderVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A lovely low-key Washington Square gem. Food was fantastic, and the service warm and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abssezgo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    been here before - always come away satisfied: $20.00 Sunday brunch was just right! A really good omelet served with nice greens and good home fries (to me that's what makes a good breakfast/brunch!), good breads and a very good blood mary and coffee: not a bad buy! location on Washington Square perfect for wandering around the villages (east and west)...introduced a friend and she thoroughly enjoyed it..then on to a student production at Skirball Hall...a very good Sunday in New York!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We found North Square to be very enjoyable. The service and food was very good -but the place needs a little updating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Square Flower
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was GREAT including all the beautiful fresh flowers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was awful which can make the experience awful even if the food is good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappointed
    SeniorVillager
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent service, superb food in this neighbourhood gem - always a special time. Crab & lobster cakes, braised short ribs, Moroccan cod among the delicious dishes we enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GillyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Quiet, small, l wonderful food and comfortable - much like a small restaurant you would find in Europe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT JAZZ BRUNCH
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went to hear the always wonderful Roz Corral for jazz brunch. As usual, Roz featured the best musicians as sidemen and they sounded awesome. I had the prix fixe jazz brunch and it consisted of a tasty omelette served with lightly dressed greens and potatoes. The bread basket is a favorite with a variety of sweet and savory flavors. Service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner
    EagleVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a very dinner dinner before we dropped off my nephew at NYU to start his freshman year. The food was good and the service was great too. Very convenient to NYU.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • reliable excellent food
    CSRNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The menu has changed now by offering a 2-course lunch option. The number of options of high quality, well prepared food is sufficient, and the prices remain moderate. This is one of a handful of superior restaurants near Washington Square.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for the last day of restaurant week and loved everything from the large portions to the constantly-filled water, bread, and olives to delicious food and great service. The risotto was amazing (with zucchini and spinach) and the raspberry linger was so good I stole it from my husband.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch/Prix Fix at North Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service is wonderful, in a rather charming rathskeller of a place. the soup (a minty gaspacho) and desert (flourless chocolate cake) were good. the entree, a seafood paella, was not good however --too spicey and, mainly, it did not taste like a paella (fish overcooked and also the paella too watery). This was part of their prix fix menu. i remember liking the food my previous time here but cannot remember what i orderd. the staff were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and Charming
    JamesNewYorkCity
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Little place attached to a small hotel in the Village. Great food for brunch and good food for dinner. Lovely rooms art on the walls very friendly and engaging staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bartender started the might ogg great. Funny and witty. Service at dinner was great. Food was exceptional. Thanks for a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Tami
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a wonderful brunch! The Jazz Band was amazing! The food, the atmosphere and the service were great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Favorite
    JillVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    North Sq. is a favorite in the village for a relaxed lunch or dinner with friends or a work related meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • has all the ingredients...
    foodislifeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great ambiance, consistently good food, very attentive, friendly service-a neighborhood winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Quality
    QuietQuality
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    North Square always can be relied upon for the excellent quality of the food and its imaginative, yet understated preparation. Service is well timed and responsive; however, language is sometimes an issue with communication. The pleasant ambience and low noise level are reflective of the restaurant's intimate size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable experience
    RonG
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Not your "happening" scene, which meant we could get a reservation, were not rushed or ignored, and could hear ourselves talk. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was very good and prices reasonable, just what we were looking for for this occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    we all had a great time over a great meal. Service was courteous . everyone had a lovely time.
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  • Our favorite place
    fudisu
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We brought my cousin for her 65th birthday dinner. She loved it. so did we, as usual. Everything was on point, and now there are several gluten free options too. Always pleasant and accommodating. The food is always wonderful. And there are some very interesting coctails which seem to change regularly. Someone is brimming with inventiveness over there. We love the decor and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific long lazy brunch
    Katie10033
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent service, pretty good food. We had a large group, celebrating a special birthday, and they were really nice to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a real sleeper
    stephen
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    great food, comfortable, quiet enough for adult conversation, great location in the village. a rare combination in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible
    Aziz
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place is not worth it.The food is not delicious, waiters show you attitude, the interior requires renovation. A no no place!
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  • Foodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dining here is always a pleasure. The food is wonderfully prepared and it is a very comfortable place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1011 reviews are from the North Square reviews archive.
  • What a waste
    Fieryfingers14VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Indifferent service and way over priced. A tourist trap.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An unknown neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always a great meal! We have been eating at this restaurant for many years now, including Valentine's Day this year. We have consistently had wonderful meals (no matter if it is fish, seafood, chicken or beef), with friendly, attentive service. The best desserts ever! We recommend this restaurant to everyone we know, but are happy that it is a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet enough to have a conversation
    squarepeg0
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    North Square is very reliable for the food. It's pretty. The service is good. But what I like best about it is you don't have to shout to be heard across your table. Also, the menu is never boring; the salads are substantial and interesting; the burgers are great; the service reliable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent venue for dinner
    VillageChoice
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    very good food, excellent environment, good service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nottotallywowed4
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Ordered the duck breast with soba noodles and spinach. Delicious! The dessert: strawberry shortcake was not typical in that the cake was more like a biscuit in texture, but fresh and delicious tasty strawberries. . . not an excess of whipped cream. wonderful and satisfying ended with excellent coffee freshly and individually brewed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit stuffy
    TravelingwomanVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The restaurant was more of a comfortable neighborhood place for the older set. Food was Ok, bar was nice, but the big plus was that it was relatively quiet and one could enjoy conversation with table mates.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate