Ethnic restaurants provide a taste of variety for everyone not lucky enough to travel frequently or secretly live in the United Nations food court. Have a far-flung feast with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$39 for a three-course Moroccan dinner for two (up to an $89 total value)
- One appetizer (up to a $10 value)
- One salad or soup (up to a $7 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $27 value each)
- Two glasses of wine (up to a $9 value each)<p>
$75 for a three-course Moroccan dinner for four (up to a $170 total value)
- Two appetizers (up to a $10 value each)
- Two salads or soups (up to a $7 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $27 value each)
- Bottle of wine (a $28 value)<p>
The menu includes appetizers such as moroccan spiced lamb sausage and entrees including couscous with seven vegetables and a choice of meat, and a clay tagine pot full of slow-cooked chicken and lemon confit.<p>
Owner and chef Alain Bennouna uses traditional Moroccan spices and cooking techniques to create a menu of bold cuisine, which Westchester Magazine described as "incredible, hauntingly spiced food" when placing Zitoune on its The Year's 10 Best Restaurants list in 2008. Entrees of braised lamb and grilled chicken flood the senses with comforting aromas of saffron, honey, and ginger—ingredients that Alain regularly savored while growing up in Marrakesh.
Although Alain draws inspiration from French and American recipes, Moroccan influences definitely take the lead. In addition to serving slow-cooked meat and lentil stews in clay tagine pots, Chef Bennouna embraces the family-style aspect of his childhood cuisine by cooking entire 18- to 20-pound lambs for larger parties if given five days advance notice. The New York Times praised the chef's commitment to these homestyle touches in 2007, claiming, "Mr. Bennouna is in love with his native cuisine, and he wants you to love it too."
The food's vibrant eclecticism echoes the dining room's highly sensory decor. Copper-topped tables, arabesque tiles, and handcrafted textiles from Marrakesh marketplaces fill the sunset-orange space. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the restaurant invites belly dancers to perform, allowing them to sweep throughout the dining room and enthrall diners with their ability to recite the Gettysburg Address backwards.