One look at the circuitous journey Tagine's Head Chef Hamid Idrissi took to get to where he is today, and it's no surprise that he's most attracted to the "rustic, labor-intensive" quality of Moroccan food. Starting his adult life as a barister in Northern Morocco, the reluctant lawyer started spending more and more of his time coordinating elaborate dinner parties for friends. Perhaps he wanted to reclaim part of a childhood spent helping his mother prepare feasts, often for upwards of a hundred family members and friends. In those early days—which acted as an de facto apprenticeship—he learned from her how to balance Berber and Arabic flavors, discovering the subtle interactions of orange blossom water, cardamom, and mint. He also familiarized himself with the tools of the trade, working with massive earthenware pots and hand-welded copper pans.
Even after 30 years in New York City, and years spent working his way up from line cook, he still finds that the flavors of his native Morocco suit him best. His passion for his culinary tradition is such that he often waxes poetical about the ingredients during his in-restaurant cooking classes. He expounds on the versatility of olive oil, which can enrich his signature Moroccan pheasant pie or add flavor to his homemade semolina bread. He elaborates on the virtues of roasted garlic, preserved lemon, and the rewards of doing the hard work of cooking yourself. That mindset is why he makes everything in house, from encasing his own lamb merguez sausages to enfolding sweets within fresh pastry dough. He also takes a hands-on role with drink preparation, and recommends the orange blossom sangria, also designed in his kitchen, to wash down the carefully crafted meals
Just as Chef Hamid's menu showcases the traditions of his homeland, the decor of his restaurant highlights the many artforms that surrounded him as he grew up. He bedecks the walls in handwoven berber textiles, and lights the soft space with the colored glass Moroccan lamps. Belly dancers sinuously wend their way through the dining room. Even the hookah pipes are works of art, the flavorful smoke emerging from colored glass bulbs just as genies emerge from the tailpipes of Toyota Celicas every 150,000 miles to grant wishes.
Enjoy traditional Moroccan food like couscous at Cafe Mogador.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
The large dining space at Cafe Mogador provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Cafe Mogador.
Cafe Mogador does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Cafe Mogador — it's strictly casual.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Cafe Mogador for their catering services.
Safely and quickly park your car on the street at Cafe Mogador.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Cafe Mogador is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
A visit to Cafe Mogador will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Cafe Mogador also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Name offers a unique flavor and experience with its Moroccan food.
You won't be disappointed at Cafe Gitane in New York, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Cafe Gitane has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Cafe Gitane.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Cafe Gitane for their catering services.
Cafe Gitane also offers delivery and carry out if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at 8 Ave. (L), 14 St. (A, C, E), and Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq (1, 2).
Prices at Cafe Gitane typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Brunch is the house specialty at Cafe Gitane, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Check out New York's Cafe Gitane.
Be sure to check out Cafe Gitane's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Reservations are not accepted at Cafe Gitane, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
Comfort is prioritized at Cafe Gitane, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Through their catering service, Cafe Gitane can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
This restaurant offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
The parking options near Cafe Gitane are quick and painless.
Take public transit and take a break from the wheel; stops are not far from Cafe Gitane at Spring St. (4, 6, 6X), Broadway - Lafayette St. (B, D, F, M), and Prince St. (N, R).
Cafe Gitane offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Cafe Gitane's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at Cafe Gitane.
Cafe Gitane provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Meats are typically fired on a grill in customary Moroccan cuisine. But, despite an otherwise steadfast commitment to authentic, Moroccan food, Zerza owner Radouane ElJaouhari knows that, sometimes, a restaurant benefits from a little unconventional thinking. So when Zerza moved to a new location, ElJaouhari told his contractors to leave the existing clay oven in the kitchen. As a result, the distinctively Moroccan meats—ginger-marinated chicken-breast kebabs, spiced ground beef, lamb and chicken tagines—emerge juicier and with a more full-bodied flavor than their more “authentic” counterparts.
Though the cooking style may cross cultural boundaries, the ambiance at Zerza’s is positively Moroccan. Punctured-brass lanterns spray the walls with golden rays, casting gentle light on clay pots and guests nestled in chairs adorned with burgundy upholstery. On Saturday nights, belly dancers sashay to North African pop tunes or the rhythmic clatter of pots and pans.
For falafel, hummus, kebabs, and more, check out New York's Marrakesh.
Guess what? Marrakesh serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
For no extra charge, utilize Marrakesh's free wifi.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Marrakesh — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
Catering services are also available.
In addition to its great location, Marrakesh is also located near plenty of parking options.
For those who travel by bike, Marrakesh offers bike racks for diners.
Dining at Marrakesh will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Make your way over to Marrakesh and taste some traditional and flavorful Middle Eastern fare.