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Posted by Mitzi on 12/13/2013
This is just an awful excuse for Moroccan food. I make tagine at home and what they served me was pathetic, a slab of chicken with coucous-made-easy (probably from some supermarket package) - ugh! My friend ordered a falafal sandwich which was tasteless. If you are familiar with North African cooking, don't even think about going here. It's just a take out spot with the TV blaring and two people behind the counter faking what they call cooking.
Posted by Renee on 11/11/2012
Atmosphere: A hole in the wall. I'm not offended by this, but this definitely a take-out place, not a restaurant. My friend and I were enjoying a nice conversation when someone put on Al-Jazeer news at full blast on a television over our heads: not conducive to a good meal. Oh...and we were the only women in the restaurant. Food: Seemed like standard Moroccan fare. I wasn't impressed. I ordered a simple salad, and the man behind the counter explained I couldn't have it because they were missing 2 of the main ingredients. Note: They tell you you'll get romaine lettuce, but you get iceberg. Meh. Service: I've never been to a Moroccan restaurant where no one speaks French. They don't speak enough English to take basic orders, but they are very very nice. Still, they spoke neither English nor French...made it a bit difficult to place an order. Based on the excellent reviews here on menupages, I still want to go back and give them another chance; it's possible I caught them on an off night.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/04/2012
I love the food, but the guy who answers the phone for deliveries speaks English very poorly..THREE times he's gotten my order wrong. I called back once to have it returned and the delivery boy never came back! Besides that the food is very delicious, which is why I keep ordering from there. I suggest you go eat at the actual place rather than order by phone.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/27/2012
Terrific hole in the wall. Yum food
Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2012
I don't know how all the past reviews were so good. I ordered a chicken Tangine with cous cous which when served was a piece of overcooked dry roasted chicken with cous cous & carrots on a plate. My husband ordered chicken shwarma which we always knew and as their menu says is thin sliced chicken but his was tiny cubes of dry chicken. We had to ask for extra sauce to be able to eat. This is not Morrocan food just a nice fast food diner. The staff working there were really nice so that made up for the poor food.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2012
Bab Marakech is an amazing little find, as others have said. The food is delicious and always fresh. You get so much food for the price. It's one of Manhattan's best kept secrets and one of my favorite places to eat. I work nearby and my whole office orders from here on a regular basis.
Posted by ScottD on 07/16/2011
My search for a great bastilla in NYC brought me here and I was not disappointed. On ordering the chicken bastilla, the friendly man behind the counter informed me it would take at least 20 minutes to heat. I took this as a good sign, my bastilla would not be sitting semi warm for hours. From a nice selection of salads I chose the North Moroccan, a sizable portion and filling. The bastilla came out at the 20 minute mark and looked great. Crispy shell and dusted with sugar and cinnamon. This was to be the best i have had outside of Morocco.