If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some Moroccan fare with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of French-influenced Moroccan fare at Casaville in Murray Hill.
Casaville's cadre of cuisinesmiths prepares an extensive menu of Moroccan fare with French influences. Participate in a nonlinear cuisine plotline by imbibing a tasty appetizer of harira Moroccan soup ($6) after enjoying an opening-sequence entree of porcini mushroom tortellini, which imbues palates with notes of gorgonzola, sage, and green peas ($12). Share a plate of hot tapas, such as the Spanish mackerel ($8), or cold tapas, such as the four-person cheese plate ($19), with teammates, coworkers, or fellow members of Boyz II Men. The brochette de saumon quenches hunger by way of paprika, mint, spicy carrots, beets, and couscous salad served with a grilled salmon foundation ($7), and the raisin-equipped vegetarian couscous allows meat decliners to enjoy flavorful refuge from carnivorous favoritism ($14).
Casaville's open-air entrance frames a yellowish glow of warmly lit gold walls gleaming under the rays of vibrant orb fixtures. North African décor permeates the atmosphere, and waiters sing Top 40 songs from the mid-'90s in French, creating a sense of dining at a restaurant in Morocco.
At Casaville Restaurant, the chefs draw culinary inspiration from kitchens across the western Mediterranean and add hints of traditional Spanish and French cuisine to Moroccan staples. Time Out New York praised the dishes for their authenticity, noting that “to find better homespun North African cooking, you’d have to travel to Paris or Casablanca—or at least the far reaches of Brooklyn or Queens." Spiced merguez and pillowy couscous help to build upon that reputation, and trays of tapas drift around murmuring groups.
The dining room's yellow stucco walls brim with a number of Moorish-inspired accents, including tiled recesses. Navigating between the tables inside or on the outdoor patio, belly dancers occasionally swirl their hips, jingling pendant-laden belts. Servers dodge past to fill glasses with wine, selected from the restaurant's extensive list to pair with meals or work with the rhyme scheme of an extremely detailed autobiography.