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Morrocan/North African/Middle Eastern Food

clp242 Aug 22, 2013 12:12 PM

Going to the city in September, and I'm looking for a good Moroccan/north African/middle eastern restaurant. Any suggestions?

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    thegforceny RE: clp242 Aug 22, 2013 12:31 PM


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      Ttrockwood RE: thegforceny Aug 22, 2013 01:22 PM

      +1 to both of these, Ilili also has great wine selection

    2. Ttrockwood RE: clp242 Aug 22, 2013 01:21 PM

      Cafe mogador in e village, very casual- beware of crazy wknd brunch waits, the casablanca tagine is one of my fav items, avoid their falafel
      Nish nush- tribeca, really casual. IMO best hummus in the city

      1. JungMann RE: clp242 Aug 27, 2013 07:49 AM

        Al Bustan, Byblos, Balade, ilili and Gazala's are my favorite spots in Manhattan. Tanoreen, in Brooklyn, remains my favorite in the city.

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          Motosport RE: JungMann Aug 27, 2013 10:53 AM

          I second those recs!!

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            clp242 RE: JungMann Aug 27, 2013 11:30 AM

            Thank you for the recommendations!

          2. Ziggy41 RE: clp242 Aug 27, 2013 05:32 PM

            Taboon for high end.
            Gazala for casual

            Einat from Balaboosta was supposed to open a new place. Anyone knows the name

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              squid kun RE: Ziggy41 Aug 28, 2013 12:59 PM

              Bar Bolonat ... http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-...

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                sugartoof RE: squid kun Aug 28, 2013 02:57 PM

                The most frustrating part about reading that is realizing she could put out a traditional Persian-Jewish menu and it would likely end up far more interesting than all of her concepts combined.

                It reminds me of how we've had booms of Pan-Asian cuisine, and then it took decades to finally get a Laotian restaurant, and good Vietnamese, Filipino, or Burmese is scarce to non-existent.

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              sugartoof RE: clp242 Aug 27, 2013 05:51 PM

              I'll second the ilili and Gazala suggestions.

              Ilili is more of a production, kind of upscale and contemporary, but the key dishes are respectful to the traditions. You'll read a lot of raves for the Brussels sprouts, which I don't exactly understand. I'd skip those.

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                Humbucker RE: sugartoof Aug 28, 2013 04:38 PM

                For me, those brussels sprouts are the reason to go!

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                  Pookipichu RE: Humbucker Sep 9, 2013 07:29 PM

                  The reason why the brussel sprouts are so good is because of the combination of bitter flavor from the sprouts, tempered by sweetness of fruits, sour tanginess of yogurt, smokiness from char and earthiness of nuts, it has crunch and soft textures. It's a very complex layer of flavors and textures. All the kids who I've eaten with at Ilili discover they like brussel sprouts... at least prepared that way.

              2. Pedr0 RE: clp242 Aug 27, 2013 10:12 PM

                The bread and labneh alone are worth the trip to ilili.

                Great place.

                1. MyPurpleFeet RE: clp242 Sep 9, 2013 04:40 PM

                  Skip Taboon. Or at least skip the Vegetarian Grill - which was a dull plate of over-oiled, over-salted squash. Perhaps the meat-based entrees are better. The mussels were tasty, though.

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                    nomadmanhattan RE: clp242 Sep 9, 2013 06:23 PM

                    Mémé Mediterranean in the West village. Albeit the name, the food here are def Moroccan. And the chef is from Morocco.

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