We ate at North last night. I have been waiting to try it ever since I had heard about it opening. I wanted an 8pm reservation, but they said all they had was 7:30, so we took it. It was our anniversary.
The decor is lovely. Very open and bright and clean. I was very surprised to see that there were a handful of tables open when we arrived. They had made it sound like they were packed when I called to beg for an 8pm..oh well. We were politely ushered to the bar, but before we could order a drink, our table was ready. ( it had been empty when we arrived). Our server presented us w/menus and took our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and my husband ordered a Greyhound. Although they had no grapefruit juice, they did send someone to the store for some! We also had a bottle of Perrier.
The menu is not vast, but the choices were delicious. We started w/ the tuna tartare, the spinach salad w/ blue cheese, cranberries and pancetta rounds and the shaved asparagus flatbread. All were delicious- the flatbread being my fave of the 3. I had the softshell crabs over spinach, mushrooms and chickpea puree. My husband had the short ribs. I can honestly say i have never had a better softshell crab dish. Ever. The 3 small crabs were crisp, not greasy and perfectly seasoned. I jokingly remarked to our server that it's too bad that the dish wouldn't last as a doggie bag b/c i would gladly have ordered an entire other order just to take home an enjoy the next day. My husband very much enjoyed his short ribs, too and offered to share w/ me but I was eyes only for my dinner!!
The service was not rushed at all and as we sat and had more wine and pondered dessert, our server returned w/ 2 small boxes. He told the chef how over the moon I was w/ my dinner and so the chef tried to figure out how I could have a "doggie bag" after all. In one box were crabs on ice, and in the other, all the delicious trimmings that had come w/ my dinner!! He said If I use them by today, I can have it all again! I was totally knocked out by that gesture.
We had the skillet cookie and vanilla ice cream. Sort of like a giant, fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. Yum!
The bill came to under $200-which I thought was reasonable considering all we ate and the drinks. We spoke with the owner for a bit and he told us of his vision for the place and how each of his staff bring something special to the feel of the restaurant. He was a genuinely friendly, proud owner.
Long and short...I almost don't want to talk about how good our experience was b/c I am afraid I'll never be able to get a reservation again. But it really was soooo good. Today for lunch, I will be enjoying my doggie bag. And, we will be back very, very soon.