This is why I like Bourdain, about the blogosphere: "I think it’s great. They’ve beaten down the wall, and everybody’s invited to write whatever sh*t they want about you. It’s democratic." Of course he goes on to slam people like the Simpson's comic book guy with cameras.
Oh, I didn't mean to imply or affirm that there isn't plenty of North African food to be had in NY; just that it isn't as likely to gain the cult-worship status as other cuisines because of the lack of belief in the idea of a vernacular or shared terminology about it.