Cafe es Saada
- Janet Traub
Has anyone eaten at Cafe es Saada in the East Village?
Does the food match the atmosphere? (I heard about the
rose petals on the floor.) How were the Morrocan
dishes? Do they do Bistilla?
I checked out Chez Es Saada a few weeks ago and I
really enjoyed it. I got more of the French food on
the menu. The escargots were perfect, tender and
flavorful. The steak was a little more done than I
asked for, but presentable. The frites were crisp and
delicious. My friend got couscous with merguez and
harissa, which she thought was very good, but it was
served pre-assembled (rather than with the sauce and
stew separate from the couscous). The atmosphere (in
the downstairs part, with all the couches, etc.) was
really cool- a great place to relax with a group of
friends and hang out for a few hours.
I've eaten at Chez es Sada 2 or 3 times in the past
year. The food is quite good and like everyone says,
the atmosphere is very cool, dark, and sexy. I would
recommend dinner during the week, however, if you
don't like very loud restaurants. I went late on
weekend night once and it was quite the scene. Great
for drinking and hanging out, but kind of annoying for
re: John Kaminski
a friend suggested that i had to see this place.
meaning i should not consider food a top priority but
its charm . when i went i thought my friend was kiddin
me - i couldnt find d place! i had to go in and ask.
when i started going down d dim-lit-stairs w/ petals
around d floors, it was then that i felt i was being
seduced n allow myself to be seduced. i luv fountains n
when i saw a small one n d main dining area, i knew i
was going back. true enough i went back several times n
recommended to friends who look for a morocco/french
cool place n i like d food n service too. somethin i
could add ... only in new york city.
Yes, the food matches the atmosphere. The Morrocan
dishes are quite good -- the Bistilla was decent, but
not the best -- though we found the prices a bit high
for what we got. We're used to Andalusia on Cornelia
St. in the West Village, where the portions are huige
and the prices are low. But Cafe es Saada was lots of
fun. It would be a great place to have a party.