I'm dying for some good Moroccan food. Any suggestions? Manhattan preferred, but willing to trek just about anywhere.
La Maison Du Couscous; 484 77th St., Brooklyn, NY; take R train to 77th St in Bay Ridge
(718) 921-2400 http://www.lamaisonducouscous.com/
excellent food and service (very gracious), cozy atmosphere. I went about a year ago; if you went a few years ago, it was under different ownership at that time.
During Ramadan, (Sep 23 - Oct 22, 2006) they have a special meal for people breaking the fast in the evening (anyone can order it, but it's very heavy) and it's more crowded. They also have a their regular menu, but if you go there at sundown during Ramadan, it will be unusually busy.
I was in the neighborhood last night, and in the mood for couscous, so I stopped in at Nomad and had their Couscous Royal. This was a nice sized serving of couscous, mixed with some chickpeas, fava beans, and raisins, and adorned with a variety of root vegetables (acorn squash, carrots, potatoes, turnip(?), etc.). The "royal" added a link of good merguez, a piece of tender long-cooked lamb, and a piece of similarly cooked chicken. The lamb and chicken were provided in the accompanying side of broth (with more vegetables, too). It more than satisfied my craving, and adding some harissa to the broth (before pouring it over the couscous) and slathering it on the meat made it just right, to my taste. I ended with a small pot of mint tea.
"Cozy" is the right word. Nomad is small but pleasant, and service was fine. I look forward to returning and trying some of their other dishes.
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