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Posted by teanabeana on 03/06/2014
The first thing that greets you is the smell of a seedy restaurant. Maybe because they allow people to smoke hookah and the hookah leaves a stale smell--either way, not pleasant. The other reviews commented they felt like family and were greeted royally. Not us. No owner, no manager, confused staff. The restaurant was nearly empty and seating us seemed to confuse the waitress. I think it was the waitress's first day--she didn't know anything about the menu. although she was very sweet, she shouldn't have been a waitress without some support. The lamb tagine was very dry and lacked flavor. Small portion and not very good for an expensive $24. a portion. Eggplant appetizer was ok. Vegetable borek was pretty good but not enough to make up for the rest of the dinner. Only positive, generous portion of wine for the price. But, if you want a good drink deal, go to happy hour somewhere. Very disappointing from the reviews it received here.
Posted by Kathy on 10/27/2013
In fairness, I'm largely unacquainted with Moroccan cuisine and tradition, but I was utterly charmed by Tagine. The management greets first-timers warmly but the obvious returnees are are treated like long-absent family. Add to that a bit of anything-goes ambiance: you can order a hookah or belly dance with the entertainment. Still, this colorful, loud, crowded space is NOT smarmy or over the top--I'd take the kids there in a heartbeat. The food is wonderful--try the lamb and the couscous--and subtly spiced, though I don't know if that is truly traditional or a concession to the typical middle-American palate. Either way, Tagine is well worth a visit. If this is indeed authentic Moroccan culture, sign me up!
Posted by Duke on 07/10/2012
I visited this restaurant with my fiance (now wife) a few months ago. We were cared for from the get-go. We walked in to a huge smile from the owner and a greeting as if I were a long lost brother. We sat by the wall nearest the kitchen and were treated to a fabulous meal of cous cous, lamb tagine lots of wine and very good cheer. I highly recomend this.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2011
I'm hooked!! The owner and staff are so gracious. They treat us like royalty in their house! Food is great - the Pastilla is my ultimate fav! Belly dancers are super entertaining. They have more than 1 show a night on date night (other places only have 1 20 min show a night.) Audience participation is expected! We had the best time! and I'm not going anywhere else for Moroccan food and entertainment.
Posted by Disgruntled Customer on 10/16/2010
I've been to many Moroccan restaurants in NY and I will never set foot in Tagine again. I asked the server what was the difference betweenthe 2 chicken dishes I narrowed my choices to. She answered in an arrogant tone that one had vegetables and the other didn't. Reading the menu, I could have told her that myself. She wasn't interested in explaining the ingredients or how the dishes were prepared. She made a mistake by insisting we ordered the lamb pastry when we specified we wanted the vegetarian appetizer. Service was slow and the portions were skimpy and overpriced.
Posted by christine on 02/08/2010
All the bad reviews on the food are surprising. I have been here 3 times now and have brought different friends each time and we all love the food. The drinks are poured with a heavy hand and the wine glasses are huge compared to other places and filled high(not cheap wine either). Once again the food is great.
Posted by Angee on 01/30/2010
This place has the best Moroccan food I've had since I went to Morocco. Their harira was pretty good and their bastilla is a must try. The owner is very nice and friendly and polite. The restaurant wasn't even open when I went but he told me to come in anyway and he served me. I will definitely be going back.