Morocco was the setting in 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: for $15, you get $30 worth of Moroccan cuisine, drinks, and hookah at The Kiosk Restaurant & Bar in Harlem.
The chef at The Kiosk is a Casablanca native who creates traditional Moroccan dishes with high-quality cuts of meat and organic produce. The only restaurant in Harlem offering hookah late into the night, it also features an extensive wine list for enjoying potable potations. Savor a hearty appetizer such as the Middle Eastern platter—an herbivore-friendly cornucopia of hummus, baba gannouj, and tabouleh served with toasted pita bread ($11)—or cross the meat bridge to a skewer of lamb or chicken kebabs paired with veggies, rice, and sauce ($14–$16). Goat-cheese salad ($9) and soup of the day ($6) provide lighter noshes.
The Kiosk is equal parts edible adventure and feast for the eyeballs, with an atmosphere amped up by Moroccan ambience. Large, tranquil paintings brighten the walls, and glossy tabletops and Middle Eastern decorative touches transport diners to sultry, warmer climes. The hookah lounge features tapestry-quilted seating and an abundance of pillows for comfort and emphatic squeezing. Performances by belly dancers and Brazilian jazz musicians spicy up the already delicious air with undulating hips and notes.
At Kiosk, Chef Mounir Najd draws on his childhood in Casablanca to create traditional Moroccan food featuring organic produce and fine cuts of meat. However, the food is not the only thing that makes the restaurant authentically Moroccan. With hookahs billowing smoke late into the night, hand-painted murals by artist David Ort, and belly dancers weaving around the café, Kiosk celebrates the culture of Morocco every day. The menu starts with traditional appetizers such as baba ganoush and tabouleh, followed by a main course of kebabs, kofta, and couscous. Hookahs come in many forms such as single-nozzle pipes, and the tobacco selection often includes fresh fruit to feed the genie trapped in the bottom. Live music fills Kiosk regularly, with acts such as Brazilian jazz quartets or traditional Moroccan tunes, and bartenders stir mixed drinks every evening.
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