North Square
North Square

North Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.northsquareny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 254-1200
  • 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
106 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)fit for foodies (48)great for lunch (32)great for brunch (29)special occasion (22)good for groups (22)romantic (18)notable wine list (15)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great local spot
    Localeater
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great menu and perfectly prepared food. Quiet and could easily talk. Love the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasent Surprise
    Funat45
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was great. I was a little put off by the seating but quiet atmosphere made up for that. It was the perfect spot for a dinner date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Consistent, Always a Pleasure.
    LESFoodloverVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have the pleasure of dining at North Square whenever my relatives stay at the Washington Square Hotel. I have been going there for years and I have to say, the food is consistently wonderful. They serve the very best olives in the city with bread at the table for a little bite and have a beautiful selection of salads and entrees--the menu is designed so thoughtful that many of the flavors from one course prepare the palate perfectly for the next. I love the arctic char with the slow roasted tomatoes. For a treat, have the gluten free and vegan pear crumble, it tastes like home. The North Square is a New York institution in my mind and I hope it never changes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodie57VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Nice menu , good food and wine Must have a reservation Best for lunch then breakfast followed by dinner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Was a Pleasure!
    LoisVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have dined in a half dozen restaurants in this area of Union Square, and this by far my most favorite. The food was very good, atmosphere very agreeable, wait staff very nice and efficient. The two of us had fish dishes, Atlantic Char and Cod. Both of us were very pleased. Next time I want to try the lounge and listen to some music. I was sorry the Calamari was not offered in the restaurant....apparently you can only order that in the lounge area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Everything was perfect! Food delicious, wine notable, service outstanding, A friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Return to North Square
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this quiet hotel dining room has good comforting food and service. Surprisingly good garlic pickled olives, onions and gherkins to start dinner. Ample portions. Pleasant helpful service. Liked the arctic char and very tender steak. Very good sorbets.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Srane
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I LOVED the fact that the restaurant was quiet and one could have a conversation. AND the food was really very good. As my friend said, "I didn't know places like this existed in Manhattan". It's so hard to find a restaurant where the atmosphere is calm, the food is great and the ambiance is inviting. Thank you Susan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    Anouchka333
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    the location is great considering the upgrade of the Park across the street The food is excellent, the staff knowledgable and efficient
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find in Greenwich Village
    UESfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I were loooking for a restaurant near Washington Square, since we had tickets to an off-Broadway performance on MacDougal Street. We had a delicious anniversary dinner at North Square. The staff was very attentive and the food was excelent. My husband's seared yellow tail tuna entree was delicious, as was my Arctic char. The salads were delicous and there was a fabulous assortment of autumn-inspired desserts. We particularly enjoyed our ginger cheesecake with kumquats. North Square is a real fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another GREAT meal!
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    North Square never disappoints. Great food, wine, and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience
    KitKat
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We celebrated a friend's birthday here and everything was perfect. Our meals were perfect, the artichoke soup was so good! Attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere made it a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unfriendly service
    mmc3
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our table thought the food was quite good, everyone was pleased with appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service was unfriendly and for the most part absentee. The sommelier was knowledgeable but also quite unfriendly and superior. The service people tended to disappear, as if they had something better going on in the kitchen or a back room. Given that the atmosphere is dated and worn, the restaurant can't have a second strike against it, especially given that service should be an easy fix. Right now, the place only has its food going for it and I have too many choices to feel compelled to return to a place where we were summarily dismissed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • goer
    goer
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the food at North Square. I had never been there before. It is truly a neighborhood gem. The risotto was excellent and the salad delicious. They even grow some of their own veggies on the roof! normally I don't order dessert but they had panna cotta on the menu - and their version was one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to....
    JLDOC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Perfect for small business meetings or old friend reunions...affordable, classy, great menu and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sure Thing
    Texas
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I love the Lounge at No Square. The food is consistently delicious, fresh, and plentiful. The service is always outstanding. The bartender(s) make a terrific drink. This is an all around great restaurant. We always bring our in town and out of town friends to dinner here and everyone loves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!!!
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Eating at North Square is always a pleasure. GREAT food, service and vino. Thank you, V Willis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food at North Square
    MarthaCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Every time I dine at North Square, the food is really great, the service attentive and the atmosphere welcoming. It's convenient too!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elless
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Comfortable, never feel crowded or rushed, not too much noise...so, great for conversation most importantly, unfailingly delicious, clean tasting food with a good variety of preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WawoVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was good but it took a long time to get 2 hamburgers. Then the fries were way overcooked. Staff was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything was super tasty! Deserts are delicious...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    jayniner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was excellent, service attentive, in a somewhat cramped and busy atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good lunch
    alisonoVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Came here with colleagues for a nice lunch. We were worried service would be slow, and it was a little bit slow. The food was all pretty good. I didn't think the chicken quesadillas were that good, but we all liked the other entrees. It's a nice little restaurant in a location convenient for NYU people.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North Square always delights!
    MarthaCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I've been there for breakfast, lunch and dinner many times and each time, the food is terrific, the service attentive and the environment welcoming! You will love their menu, the tastes and the warm, diligent staff! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal & service
    DonneVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The Risotto was outstanding! Fish of the day, Cod, was done to perfection. As usual a very comfortable place to dine. Food, wine and service were the BEST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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 .
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    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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Welcoming
    Lemonsqueezedbird
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Celebrated a birthday with a special someone & it was great! The staff smiled and were very welcoming. The jazz band actually gave us a shout out during their amazing performance. The soloist Laura was awesome soloist! At first I said "where are the drums"? but no need! Laura scatted, played the trumpet, and drums with her lips. The food came out on time and we made new friends in the crowd. Although there was no dance floor we stood up and danced to our requested song "At last" & everyone enjoyed themselves. (Yes, the band and Laura, Paul, and Kevin took our request!!! :-). It was also the manager's birthday & we all celebrated and sang happy birthday to my man with a complimentary birthday dessert on the house!We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate