The bf & I treated ourselves to a fantastic meal at Washington Square Hotel's own North Square, a quaint and friendly below-the-sidewalk eatery in Greenwich Village, across from Washington Square Park. (North Square also boasts a great Jazz Brunch every Sunday afternoon.\r
Having been to some of the greatest restaurants in NYC, we were delightfully impressed with the surprising simplicity and unpretentiousness of North Square. It was, quite frankly, one of the best meals and restaurant experiences we've had in quite some time. If we could afford it, wed eat there once a week. But the one night spent in the quaint and friendly restaurant satisfied us just fine. Though tiny and narrow as far as square footage goes, North Square was anything but cramped, and the Art Deco decor of the restaurant suited the mood just perfectly: warm wood, cushioned banquettes and chairs, art-lined walls, and dim lighting.\r
We began our dinner by sharing an appetizer of tender, but crispy Grilled Marinated Shrimp over Lentil Cake (tasted so much better than it sounded) with a fresh mix of watercress, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, and chipotle creme fraiche. For our entrees, we had Rackof Lamb, cooked to perfection, and served with honey-glazed vegetables, chive mashed potatoes (they were green!), and rosemary lamb jus and the melt-in-your-mouth Tortilla-Crusted Snapper, which was served over a soft pile of braised leeks and endive, with a roasted corn ""flan"" and pear beurre blanc. Decadent! Dessert was a Pecan Pie Triangle with Chocolate Sorbet. A great touch was that our coffee and tea were served in individual Bodum presses. How European!