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Posted by Gourma on 06/24/2008
It seems that a restaurant finally has it right in this space. The food is not only tasty, but their prices are reasonable. It's also a nice space. We've been there with different server/management teams and it has made a difference. Some of the staff is efficient others not so much. One manager definitely has the hospitality thing more downpat than another. It's a welcoming place for all not an obnoxious, poser place. Hopefully, they will keep their formula intact and stick around awhile.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/05/2008
Went to this restaurant tonight. first off, walked in and was rudely told to wait at the bar and the host would get to us. waited. and waited. 10 mins later, still nothing, with 4 obviously empty tables. 2 couples even got up and left while waiting for a waiter/ress to take their order. hmm..already a bad sign, but decided to forge forward. decided to take dinner at the bar mainly b/c the bartender recommended it. he was really the shining star for us he went out of his way to ensure us a good dinner. he even gave us free refills on the sangria (excellent fyi). the food was good nothing to write home about, but good. on attempting to settle the bill, we attempted to use a gift certificatethe computer wouldn't accept it and the chef/owner refused to acknowledge iti mean seriouslyhe wouldn't even come out and talk to us about this. the bartender tried and tried to figure it out for us, but it was of no use. even though the food was okay, there are many other places i would so much rather go back to. definitely two thumbs down....
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2008
had lunch there yesterday with a friend. both of us loved most of what we ordered. we shared the briwatts, mediterranean salad and gratin de champignons. the briwatts were absolutely delicious - the perfect combination of sweet and savory, crunchy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside. we both said that we could have easily ordered 2-3 more servings of these. the mediterranean salad dish was very good, not perfect though, as the hummus contained within was a tad too dry and not very flavorful, though the eggplant spread, grilled chicken and mixed green salad were quite good. the gratin was amazing - delicious greens and mushrooms sauteed and then baked with delicious cheese. this dish was a winner - it came piping hot out of the oven. prices were good for the quality/quantity. however, drinks were blah, the bartender barely had a clue what several drinks were composed of, but it was lunch and perhaps the bartending is better in the evening/dinner time... don't want to assume though. the service is slow, but that is expected I suppose with a mediterranean wait staff...but hey, were in the city, and people have discrete amounts of time to eat and return to work...if we didn't have the day off and were not in a hurry, the slowness would have angered us, and be a deterrent to returning there during lunch hours.
Posted by EJ on 04/25/2008
On a recent visit to New York we came across Casaville and had a wonderful lunch. The cuisine is French-Spanish-Moroccan and the flavors of all three are readily apparent in each dish. The lamb brochette was as good as I’ve had in Marrakesh. My dining partner had the grilled vegetable sandwich which is an open-faced medley of marinated eggplant, peppers, onions and goat cheese which reminded us of cafe fare in Provence. The prices are reasonable and Rashid, the server, was welcoming and attentive. I’m recommending Casaville to our New York hosts and all our friends.
Posted by Pen on 04/13/2008
Nice atmosphere - small & cozy - and the belly dancer that performs at night makes it fun. The waitstaff is polite but slow - but if you're not in a hurry, it's fine. One waitress even gave me a free drink because she delivered it late. They have a few special cocktails that are good but there is really no drinks list and not much variety. The food is mostly good but there are definitely some misses. The items I did not enjoy were the salmon (both for main course and brochette) - I found it extremely dry with not much flavor. Steak frites were almost the same - and the fries were droopy and cold. The first time I got the lamb, it was good but another time, a friend got it and he complained about how it was dry as well. I think the paella was fine but I've had better. However, most of the tapas were great. The prices were more than fair and I would definitely go back.
Posted by RS on 04/03/2008
I went here for my birthday with a group of friends, and we were pleasantly surprised by how amazing this restaurant is. To start, the atmosphere is amazing. Very middle eastern, later on in the night a belly dancer showed up and danced in between the tables. There is a bar that is part of the restaurant, but it is pretty quiet and really classy. The food is unbelievable: every appetizer was good, especially the figs and brie, and the entrees were great. I think we might have ordered each entree available (paella was amazing, really good couscous, great tagine, lamb steak was good, etc.) and each was amazing. I definitely reccomend this place for a cozy dinner with your friends, or a romantic evening, even. Not for family functions, I suppose. Service was a bit spotty, but it's New York.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2008
This is a reasonably priced place with appetizers around $7 and entrees all under $20. But you kind of pay for what you get. First I like to go by the waiter's recommendations generally and his answer was "well here is what people order most" - ie, you haven't tasted the food yourself? Ok, so maybe he was just hired. I picked a few things that looked nice: the baked brie, the lamb shank tagine and the poached pear for dessert (poire belle helene). The baked brie was good though the toast left a bit to be desired. Nice touch though on the fried grapes that accompanied the cheese, but end result : we were still pretty far from Divine Bar's legendary baked brie (50's and 2nd, a must for the briesters). The tagine had no accompaniment which was a bit surprising and the meat was not particularly exceptional, but the sauce and prunes were quite tasty. So far not particularly impressed, but stil pretty decent. The dessert though was a bit of a disaster. A cold pear (poached the same day?), cold chocolate sauce and Breyer's vanilla ice cream. Not the best way to end a meal. Friendly staff, overall ok food though not very consistent and some clear improvements needed here and there. It would have been almost enjoyable if it weren't the whole hour of 80's music I had to endure - sorry, just can't stand 80's music.