So this post is well overdue as we dined at North End Grill back in July during Summer Restaurant Week. Better late than never I suppose. I am trying to get back into a more regular routine with dining posts again. This New American restaurant is located downtown by Battery Park City just a few blocks away from the Hudson River. The mostly black and white decor has a modern yet cozy and relaxed feel. Just past the bar which is known for it's extensive scotch selection is an expansive open kitchen with counter seating that leads into the dining room. Circular white light fixtures resembling giant saucers dot the ceiling throughout the space. The service was stellar with the only snafu being the thrice fried spiced fries we ordered as a side which did not arrive until we were almost finished with our entrees. The staff was unfailingly apologetic about this error and comped the item on our check. We did enjoy our meal especially our main courses. The food was all well cooked and flavorful but perhaps a tad over-seasoned for our tastes. Executive Chef Floyd Cardoz formerly of Tabla and winner of Top Chef Masters 3 definitely doesn't hold back on the seasonings. I'm undecided if I would return but I'm glad we did go to try it out. North End Grill was named the best new restaurant of 2012 by the Zagat survey last fall. By the way, Winter Restaurant Week is now going on in NYC through February 14th. A three course prix fixe meal can be had for $25 at lunch and $38 at dinner. More information and a list of participating establishments here. We will be having an RW lunch at Locanda Verde today.
North End Grill
104 North End Avenue (Vesey & Murray)
New York City