Morocco was the setting for the famous film Casablanca, a romance notable for depicting the largest bowl of hummus ever eaten by Peter Lorre. Dine on Mediterranean fare in full color with today's Groupon to Imperial Fez. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a Moroccan dinner for two people with five courses each (a $90 value).
- For $80, you get a Moroccan dinner for four people with five courses each (a $180 value).
Imperial Fez's servers balance steaming platters of authentic Moroccan fare as they weave through a dim room accented by plush pillows, colorful textiles, and belly dancers whirling through ethereal hookah vapors. Recognized as one of the city's most excitingly unconventional date spots, the restaurant makes pairs and posses feel at home by having them remove their shoes or uncomfortable aardvark slippers upon arrival. Once diners assimilate with the crimson, lantern-lit environment, each can embark on a journey through five varied courses. Savory lentil soup travels to adoring mouths on whole-wheat, honey, or cracker-like fekkas bread before culinarians dig fingers into a series of salads served alongside a house-made hot sauce. Flaky, spice-laden b'stella pastries prepare eaters for main events, which include honey-glazed lamb morozia, baked with 32 spices, vegetarian couscous, and prawns sautéed in a garlic-scented tomato sauce. Meals wrap up with a dessert and mint tea, heated by the warm, unrelenting gaze of a resident teddy bear.
Belly dancers enhance dining experiences each night after 8 p.m., and an especially daring and skilled dancer, Dilara, heats things up on Wednesday nights with fire-infused choreography. Patrons should call ahead to alert the kitchen if they need their five courses prepared sans gluten or with extra oil to lubricate applause-makers.
Belly dancers wend sinuously through Imperial Fez’s dimly lit main dining room. On Wednesday, the belly dancers give over the floor to the searing showmanship of fire dancers. While nightly entertainment draws diners’ attentions, the main attraction at Imperial Fez is chef Rafih Benjelloun’s native Moroccan cuisine, which guests devour by the fingerful. Benjelloun seals the flavors of cumin and cilantro into baked legs of lamb and infuses mountains of couscous with the flavors of apricot, raisin, and sweet onions. Embroidered cushioned benches for seating complete the authenticity of guests’ Moroccan dining experience.