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 and 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 entree such as the Middle Eastern platter—an herbivore-friendly cornucopia of hummus, baba gannouj, and tabouleh served with toasted pita bread ($10.95)—or cross the meat bridge to a mixed skewer platter of grilled shrimp, lamb, and chicken kebabs paired with veggies, rice, toasted pita, and harissa sauce ($14.95). Goat-cheese salad ($7.95) and lentil soup ($3.95) provide lighter noshes, and a dessert of strawberry shortcake served with strawberry sauce and homemade whipped cream finishes meals on a sweet note ($4).
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.
- They serve specialty dishes and great Moroccan food. It's a nice cozy and comfortable lounge... – Margarita V., Yelp, 02/21/2010
- The couscous at the Kiosk ranks up there with the couscous I had at Chez Rachid in Fez (best I've ever had) and the tagine de poulet au citron confit is the tasiest we've found in NYC. – vesseyjb, Urbanspoon
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.
80 E 116th St.
New York City, New York 10029Get Directions