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 to The Kiosk Restaurant & Bar in Harlem. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a hookah experience for two (up to a $55 total value) that includes:
- One fresh-fruit hookah bowl (a $30 value)
- Two cocktails (up to a $9 value each)
- One appetizer (up to a $7 value)<p>
- For $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Moroccan cuisine and a dessert (up to a $44 value).
Chef and Casablanca native Mounir Najd adds authority to The Kiosk’s menu of traditional Moroccan dishes made with high-quality cuts of meat and organic produce. At The Kiosk, the only restaurant in Harlem offering hookah late into the night, plush pillows cushion diners and lost change around a fresh-fruit hookah bowl, available in flavors such as peach, mint, and strawberry. An extensive frozen-cocktail list sates libation longings with potable potations such as moroccan mojitos and house sangria. As smokers recline, they can savor a hearty appetizer such as the Middle Eastern platter—an herbivore-friendly cornucopia of hummus, baba gannouj, and tabbouleh served with toasted pita bread—or toast the birth of a baby dolphin with shrimp phyllo cigars with harissa sauce.
Chef Mounir also constructs full meals and sans-smoking fare such as chicken kebabs paired with veggies, rice, and sauce ($14–$16) or seafood couscous swimming with salmon ($15) or tilapia ($13) fillets in a vegetable herb broth. Like barnyard conflict negotiators, the kofta tajine unites lamb and beef beneath a moroccan tomato-herb sauce ($14). Meals conclude with dessert—either a homemade brownie or a strawberry shortcake.
The Kiosk fashions an atmosphere amped up by Moroccan ambiance that’s equal parts edible adventure and feast for the eyeballs. Large, tranquil paintings brighten the walls, and glossy tabletops and Middle Eastern decorative touches transport diners to sultry, warmer climes. The hookah lounge stockpiles tapestry-quilted seating and an abundance of pillows for comfort and emphatic squeezing. Performances by belly dancers and Brazilian jazz musicians spice 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.