We had dinner at Square Meal now that it has officially opened. It's a very pretty, comfortable restaurant with Yura sitting at the entrance entertaining friends. The table decoration is seasonal and lovely. Little pumpkins scattered across the table. No liquor license yet.
Yura is a wonderful chef and her food is finer now than at her old restaurant on Third Avenue.
The menu changes daily with an emphasis on seasonality. The menu is divided into smallish starters, small mains or large starters, an entree and of course, desert.
If attending an event at "The Y", this is the perfect place to have a light small main and desert.
We had starters of squash cannelloni, with a béchamel sauce that was deeply flavored. It was truly excellent. Yura's soups are outstanding and my partner had a corn and butternut squash soup that was very deep.
My entree was cod on a bed of mashed potatoes with baby vegetables. Perfectly cooked fish, with a garlicky crust. The baby veggies actually tasted of the species and were not overcooked. The other entree was scallops with chanterelle mushrooms in a vinegar reduction. The scallops were sweet and very fresh and played well with the tartness of the vinegar.
Deserts are Yura's stand out and there were so many, on and off the menu. I hate pumpkin pie and I wanted to see if Yura could make me like it. She did. A not too sweet filling that had edginess from the spicing and the lightest, buttery flaky crust. We also had a divine, deep caramel maple pudding.
Bread service was cheddar scones. A bonus was sighting Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward who live in the neighborhood. He must have eaten very well as he bowed to Yura on his way out.
SQUARE MEAL, 30 East 92nd Street, (212) 860-9872
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