Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hip to Be Square

The Square opens in Washington Square Park


Aw, sweet memories of Washington Square Park.

Late night Golden Boy pizza runs. North Beach Festival. Standing in line for pancakes at Mama’s. Confession at Saints Peter and Paul after a particularly rowdy night that would make even bouncers blush.

Now you can add The Square to your list of places to make some more North Beach memories.

And it's at the site where you've already got plenty of old memories. The historic Washington Square Bar & Grill (another fond haunt) which later became Bottle Cap has been reimagined by Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara (Sons & Daughters and Sweet Woodruff).

Here you'll find legitimate late night bites, from light snacks (pastrami spiced rillettes) to heartier fare (grilled sirloin bavette and roasted whole Dungeness crab).

Amy Racine (Sons & Daughters) oversees the exceptional 65+ wine list, or trust fall into the cocktail program. Whatever the Old Fashioned does to you, the Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and absinthe) will undo.

Either way, you're making new memories right next to the night you met Buster Posey, and the time you stumbled across the park at dawn to join the old ladies doing Tai Chi exercises.

The Square
1707 Powell St., North Beach
(415) 525-3579

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street
Scene: Late night diners seeking tasty bar bites and a laid-back gathering place (and friends from Sweet Woodruff)
Best bets: Old Fashioned, Corpse Reviver #2; roasted whole Dungeness crab
Additional measurements: Minimalist chic decor with a long copper bar, dark wood, and muted grey walls with warm lighting.
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