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Cafe es Saada

Janet Traub Nov 21, 1997 04:47 PM

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?


  1. j
    Josh Mittleman Nov 25, 1997 10:09 AM

    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.

    1. s
      Sage Nov 23, 1997 12:21 PM

      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.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Sage
        John Kaminski Sep 23, 1998 06:05 PM

        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

        1. re: John Kaminski
          peter ledesma Sep 25, 1998 04:20 PM

          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.

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