Since the Boyfriend’s Aunt was in town on a business trip, we made our way over to North Square for dinner. North Square is just a few blocks away from NYU so it was the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. We had a reservation for 7:15pm so I headed over to their Lounge for a drink. Happy Hour runs from 5pm to 7pm and offers many $4 to $5 drinks and snacks. If you’ve got a bit of time to kill, make sure to stop by for a drink!
We were seated right away and given menus. The ordering process took a bit longer though because our waitress sort of disappeared for a good 15-20 minutes before we were able to flag her down to order. We started off with a few appetizers to share since we didn’t want to be too full. First to arrive was the dozen clams on the half-shell, which were very fresh.
Next up was the Lobster and Crab Cakes ($12.00), which come two to an order. The cakes are accompanied with seaweed & vegetable salad and a Thai coconut curry sauce. The cakes were very moist and I could really taste the lobster chunks. The Thai coconut curry sauce was a nice paring and the seaweed salad was very good!
About 15 minutes after we finished our appetizers, our entrees arrived. The Boyfriend’s mom opted for the Roasted Pekin Duck Breast ($23.00), which is served with soba noodles and a kumquat & tamarind sauce. I stole a piece and the duck breast was cooked perfectly and was very flavorful.
The Boyfriend’s dad picked the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb ($32.00), which is served with brussel sprouts, a potato & leek galette and a rosemary au jus. Despite the fact that the lamb was cooked to medium well, which is over my usual temperature, it was still very moist and juicy. From the bites that I had, the lamb was cooked beautifully – this was definitely one of the best entrees of the night.
The Boyfriend picked the Coriander Crusted Yellowfin Tuna ($25.00), which features seared tuna served with coconut & jasmine rice and a citrus spiked soy sauce. The tuna was seared perfectly and the Asian-style sauce really appealed to my palate. My only gripe is that I wish the tuna was served a bit warmer – it was more room temperature.
I opted for the Wild North Atlantic Char ($22.00), which is served with oven-dried tomatoes, basil risotto and a black truffle sauce. The char, like all the other dishes, was cooked perfectly to my request. But the highlight of the dish was the basil risotto, which was phenomenal. The risotto was cooked perfectly and had a hint of basil. I really wished there was more risotto!
The Boyfriend’s Aunt ordered the a la carte version of my entree, which is just the char without the sides. Ordering a la carte shaves a few dollars off your entree’s price tag, which is a good thing if you’re not too hungry.
After our dishes were cleared away, we were offered the dessert and coffee menu. The rest of our party opted for tea and coffee while the Boyfriend and I split a dessert. We went with the Hazelnut Peach Tart with vanilla ice cream ($9.00). The tart was a bit hard on the bottom but it tasted amazing. It was just the right amount of sweet. There were also nuts in the tart, which gave it a crunchy texture. So good!
Service was pretty lackluster the entire night. We often lost out waitress and the entire dinner was a bit slow. The busboys were all very quick to clear dishes though, which was nice. The food was very delicious but I’m not quite sure I’d return for dinner since it took over 2.5 hours. The brunch menu, however, looks very interesting and I definitely want to return to try it out.