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Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2005
As an Egyptian-American who has spent time in Egypt, I have to say that I am thrilled to have Casa La Femme in New York (despite the name). I have now been there three times and each time am more impressed. The food is very authentic and well prepared (I especially recommend the grilled chicken with molokhya - better than my grandmother's). The atmosphere has been equally fantastic on a date (in the lovely tents) or with family and friends. Despite negative reviews about the service, I have found the staff very friendly and accomodating and while dinners tend to take some time, it only enhances the experience and allows one to savor the incredible food. This is hands down the best Egyptian restaurant in North America and I highly recommend it to one and all.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2005
Went with some out-of-town friends who had heard that this is a fun place to go. We had reservations at 10:30 on a Saturday night. We didn't get seated until 11:15 (and that was after numerous questions to the hostess who was of no help whatsoever. When finally seated in one of their tents (which was beautiful and really made for an intimate setting), we began to order off of the 5 course menu. After the first course, they told us they were out of the rabbit soup (only one soup was offered for the soup course), we were told that we would be given the peasant salad instead. That being my appetizer choice, I missed out on an entire course! No substitution was offered. When one member of our party asked if he could have something other than the salad, he was told that this course (which, again, was supposed to be the SOUP course) was meant to cleanse our palletes. Rabbit soup as a pallete cleanser? Um, okay. 45 minutes between each course, rude servers and a mostly oblivious staff runied what should have been a good night. The food was excellent, though we all would have liked to try the soup. The bellydancer was entertaining. The decor and ambiance were stunning. It's a shame that the staff was such a disappointment.
Posted by costikos on 10/04/2005
If a trip to the middle east can be so incredible as a visit to Casa La Femme, I am on the plane tomorrow for a journey of romance, indulgence and decedence. The food is incredible. The seafood specially the whole fish is unlike anywhere else in the city. When compared to the celebrity restaurants that charge you $70 plus for a lb fish. Casa La Femme's 1 1/2 lb fish for $24.00 is a bargain. Not only the atmosphere is the most romantic of all the places we have seen, but the decor is something out of a Hollywood movie set from the fifties.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2005
I went to this restaurant with 5 people. Let me just begin by saying that the theme of the night was "We ran out of that." For the main course there was no meat dishes to choose from because they "ran out" of filet mignon and lamb chops. They ran out of crab. And they ran out of coffee! Coffee! Now I'm a tolerant person, but by this time I was so disappointed and the waiter could see it on my face, so he sent over the manager. She then explained the arduous process of making coffee and suggested tea. She then sent over the owner, and his only recourse was to give us a free bottle of sparkling wine.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2005
Great setting. Yummy food. The hostess looked shocked that my party of 2 did not have reservations...although we were the only ones in there for the entire meal. Also, the waiter lurked around us like a hover-craft...probably out of boredom. He should have been in the back practicing his "fish skills". We ordered the sea bass for two and our waiter attempted to fillet it at the table. 10 embarrassing minutes later it looked like edward scissorhands got a hold of it. With all that said, the fish might have looked crazy, but it tasted delicious. When dining there you should bring your appetite, a big wallet and a sense of humor.
Posted by Egyptophile on 08/23/2005
Loved the food, though a bit pricey. The lambchops were incredibly succulent and well prepared. The Egyptian fries were okay. The appetizers (baba ghanoush and fuul) were great, as was the bread they came with. The sheik-tent decor is a bit much. And I had mixed feelings watching the belly dancer. On the one hand, it seemed so stereotypical...scantily clad woman entertaining the patrons...I mean, enough with the Arabian belly dancer fantasies! On the other hand, she seemed to be having fun and got some of the patrons to join in...which was entertaining. I liked the way they served the water...with mint leaves and slices of lemon and lime. Now I do that at home and it's very refreshing. Baklava was a bit heavy.
Posted by SH on 12/29/2004
I recently ate at the new Casa La Femme on Dec. 17. Overall I was very disappointed. The decor had changed from the warm and sexy middle eastern place that once existed on Wooster Street in SoHo to a sterile, bright and frankly very generic atmosphere.The menu changed a lot too. They no longer offered alot of their main entrees (duck, rabbit, etc.) The staff left a LOT to be desired. Their dancer was mediocre. I was not impressed and I am sad to see their old location no longer exists as it was once my all time favorite restaurant.