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Posted by Amazing!! on 09/13/2005
The service was great, the food is AMAZING! And the atmosphere suggests trendy, yet very laid back. The lighting and music really make the place feel like your in an east village cafe. The Lamb grill was so good, and I recommend all the appetizers on the menu.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2005
I disagree completely. The food is consistently wonderful here - the chicken is never dry - and i think the atmosphere is wonderful - cozy, romantic - it doesn't look like a cheesy recreation of morocco - so if that's what the last reviewer was looking for - that's not what this is. A great place in the east village - i come here regularly - both on my own, and with friends and dates. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Heather on 07/24/2005
My much anticipated visit, based on the rave reviews here, was squashed when we received our food. My husband's tagine lacked the zing of true Moroccan food, and we don't even think that it was actually cooked in a tagine, as the chicken was too dry. The presentation was disappointing too as it was served on a plate as opposed to the traditional way of being served in the tagine. My bastilla was also lacking spice and a little scarce on the chicken. There wasn't much atmosphere in the place, so if one expects to be magically transported back to Morocco, then disappointment awaits.
Posted by dave on 06/09/2005
I had a completely different experience than the previous reviewer...the food is out of this world. The service was very friendly but I will admit it lacked speed. But in the end a full belly and satisfied taste buds is worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/16/2005
With much anticipation we went to Cafe Mogador. Waited for 15 minutes for a waitress. Waited another 45 minutes for the food, which was quite good. Waited another 20 minutes for the check. The atmosphere was so loud and that we sat in silence most of the meal because we couldn't hear above the noise. Even the people sitting next to us had to tackle the waitress to even get a menu. All the staff was running like mad, but nothing seemed to be getting done. When inquiring about our meal, we were quickly brushed off by the waitress as if we were intruding on her busy scheudule, which didn't include waiting on guests.
Posted by Laura Edwards on 05/16/2005
I had the opportunty to visit this restaurant and was quite pleased with everything. I ordered the lamb tagine with the charmaoulla sauce over rice. It was out of this world. Now I have my husband and friends hooked on this place.
Posted by Priscilla on 04/25/2005
The tagines (meat stew usually served over cous-cous) are delicious. There is a choice of chicken or lamb in several different aromatic sauces. My personal favorite sauce is the preserved lemon and olives. The mint tea served in the traditional silver teapot and small glasses is refreshingly minty, body-warming, and deliciously sugared. The other dishes on the menu are decent, but not outstanding in comparison to other restaurants in the area that serve Middle Eastern food. The service leaves something to be desired, but the taste of the tagines to me make it a worthwhile dining experience. The atmosphere is most certainly more hip and sophisticated than some of the other Middle Eastern food joints in the area.