Moroccan Restaurants in Manhattan


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Aromas of roasted lamb, spicy merguez, and subtly sweet shisha waft across Le Souk's three stories of space, surrounding patrons with the scents of Moroccan cuisine. In the kitchen, the chefs stuff housemade lamb sausage and sprinkle strands of saffron into their fragrant sauces. Platters of couscous and tagines with duck confit, red snapper, or lobster help to lend distinctly North African flavors to the menu. Moorish archways link the restaurant's orange-walled rooms, which are lit by dangling lanterns and smoldering coals atop hookahs filled with fruit-flavored shisha. Guests can practice their smoke rings or smoke dodecahedrons while live dancers and occasional DJ performances entertain them throughout the night.
510 LaGuardia Place
New York,
NY
US
Rose petals speckle the candlelit stairway that descends into Shalel Lounge, establishing a romantic vibe that permeates the entire space. As vanilla smoke curls from a smoldering incense stick, guests canoodle in shadowy corners or private cavernous rooms. Here and there, lanterns and sequined throw pillows channel a Moroccan aesthetic that extends to the menu, which includes marinated olives, bruschetta, and lamb cigars. Each small dish occupies a square ceramic, supplying three or four heavily spiced bites. According to Serious Eats, Shalel Lounge is best suited for "a sexytime date."
65 West 70th Street
New York,
NY
US
Meats are typically fired on a grill in customary Moroccan cuisine. But, despite an otherwise steadfast commitment to authentic, Moroccan food, Zerza owner Radouane ElJaouhari knows that, sometimes, a restaurant benefits from a little unconventional thinking. So when Zerza moved to a new location, ElJaouhari told his contractors to leave the existing clay oven in the kitchen. As a result, the distinctively Moroccan meats—ginger-marinated chicken-breast kebabs, spiced ground beef, lamb and chicken tagines—emerge juicier and with a more full-bodied flavor than their more “authentic” counterparts. Though the cooking style may cross cultural boundaries, the ambiance at Zerza’s is positively Moroccan. Punctured-brass lanterns spray the walls with golden rays, casting gentle light on clay pots and guests nestled in chairs adorned with burgundy upholstery. On Saturday nights, belly dancers sashay to North African pop tunes or the rhythmic clatter of pots and pans.
308 East 6th Street
New York,
NY
US
One look at the circuitous journey Tagine's Head Chef Hamid Idrissi took to get to where he is today, and it's no surprise that he's most attracted to the "rustic, labor-intensive" quality of Moroccan food. Starting his adult life as a barister in Northern Morocco, the reluctant lawyer started spending more and more of his time coordinating elaborate dinner parties for friends. Perhaps he wanted to reclaim part of a childhood spent helping his mother prepare feasts, often for upwards of a hundred family members and friends. In those early days?which acted as an de facto apprenticeship?he learned from her how to balance Berber and Arabic flavors, discovering the subtle interactions of orange blossom water, cardamom, and mint. He also familiarized himself with the tools of the trade, working with massive earthenware pots and hand-welded copper pans. Even after 30 years in New York City, and years spent working his way up from line cook, he still finds that the flavors of his native Morocco suit him best. His passion for his culinary tradition is such that he often waxes poetical about the ingredients during his in-restaurant cooking classes. He expounds on the versatility of olive oil, which can enrich his signature Moroccan pheasant pie or add flavor to his homemade semolina bread. He elaborates on the virtues of roasted garlic, preserved lemon, and the rewards of doing the hard work of cooking yourself. That mindset is why he makes everything in house, from encasing his own lamb merguez sausages to enfolding sweets within fresh pastry dough. He also takes a hands-on role with drink preparation, and recommends the orange blossom sangria, also designed in his kitchen, to wash down the carefully crafted meals Just as Chef Hamid's menu showcases the traditions of his homeland, the decor of his restaurant highlights the many artforms that surrounded him as he grew up. He bedecks the walls in handwoven berber textiles, and lights the soft space with the colored glass Moroccan lamps. Belly dancers sinuously wend their way through the dining room. Even the hookah pipes are works of art, the flavorful smoke emerging from colored glass bulbs just as genies emerge from the tailpipes of Toyota Celicas every 150,000 miles to grant wishes.
221 W 38 St.
Manhattan,
NY
US
Treat yourself to something new and indulge in a homemade Moroccan meal from Cafe Mogador. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Cafe Mogador is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Warm weather brings out Cafe Mogador's highly coveted patio seating. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Cafe Mogador. Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Cafe Mogador does not accept reservations. No need to dress up for a trip to Cafe Mogador — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. Throwing a big party? Count on Cafe Mogador to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Saint Marks Pl business. Prices at Cafe Mogador typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
101 Saint Marks Pl
New York,
NY
US
You won't be disappointed at Cafe Gitane in New York, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Cafe Gitane has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Cafe Gitane. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Cafe Gitane for their catering services. Cafe Gitane also offers delivery and carry out if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience. Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at 8 Ave. (L), 14 St. (A, C, E), and Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq (1, 2). Prices at Cafe Gitane typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. Brunch is the house specialty at Cafe Gitane, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
113 Jane Street
New York,
NY
US
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