basement moroccan in the east village?
- gionyc Feb 12, 2007 12:33 PM
I have heard of a mysterious moroccan restaurant in the East Village No sign on the door. Great food. Apparently it's located in a basement on either Avenue A or First Ave, and somewhere between Houston and 10th Street. Can anyone help me solve the mystery? Name? Address?
Thanks and, happy hunting.
Non-basement, non-mysterious Moroccan options: Zerza, Cafe Mogador, Le Souk, and Nomad.
Mamlouk is more Iraqi/Lebanese, and has a basement room (but also has a sign on the door, and isn't particularly mysterious). Food is fantastic, and somehow related to Moustache, which is also great (but not mysterious).
I believe you are indeed refering to Chez Es Saada...it's turned into a loungey place right now...complete with DJ etc. I missed the old spot.
I can confirm that the place described is / was definitely Chez Es Saada as I worked there right after they first opened 9 years ago. The unmarked door was at 42 1st Street, bet 1/2 Avenues, and was quite fabulous - the space was absolutely gorgeous and charming, and it was quite the scene at the time, though the food and the management was horrible, (except for the harissa mashed potatoes).
It is no longer, but the space has been re-named Ludo. While I have only stopped by once to pick up friends on our way elsewhere, I noted that there has been very little done with the space - it's much the same. It appears to attract young professionals now, and unfortunately, I cannot speak at all to the food/drink.