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Arabesque
Arabesque

Arabesque Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (212) 532-2210
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Arabesque
Building on the success of New York City’s acclaimed Barbès Restaurant, Omar Balouma & Abdellah Ksiyer introduce Arabesque, named for the art form defined by a complex ornamental design of intertwined flowing lines & geometric figures originally found in Moorish decoration. Arabesque Restaurant resonates this in its architecture, décor and menu with a modern Moorish dining room, a traditional Moroccan lounge and a menu that carefully intertwines North African, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisines. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Arabesque offers wonderful food, drinks, smells, sights, and sounds all in one place. It is a hidden gem that transports patrons to Morocco."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The description of Arabesque sounded good and the menu looked interesting. But when we arrived there was loud throbbing music which would have prevented conversation bellow a shout. I couldn't hear what he host was saying. I asked if he had a quieter table and he took us to the back section which we soon realized was a hookah lounge. We didn't want to eat in the smoke and no waiter had come so we got up and went back to the front. It was still as loud there. Someone said he would find us a table in one minute. We waited a while but realized we really were not going to enjoy eating in that atmosphere. We couldn't find anyone to tell so we just left. Can't comment on the food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Eventhough it is not a romantic place, it was a nice to have an special occasion. Service was great and the food was excelent. I had a good time and I will go back again and recommend to my friends. Thanks. K"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I found this restaurant to have fun vibe. the food was delicious and the music was upbeat. we had fun"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food, terrific atmosphere and great service. A real gem!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great restaurant for a middle-eastern vibe; food was great, hookah was very smooth (although coals ran our quickly) and our waiter, Tri, was very nice! Will go back on a weeknight when there is more of a crowd. Expensive night but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a group get-together. Many of them are foodies... like me and we were delighted with everything. The service was warm, friendly, attentive. The food please everyone - this was a first... and everyone has differing tastes... very conscientious about food allergies - one of us is a celiac. all the courses were superb. The atmosphere was simply wonderful. Thank you Arabesque for such a great experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went for a small group lunch to celebrate the new year and it was a big disappointment - not special at all. Mostly this was because of the terrible service. Not welcoming, then we waited 15 minutes for water and tea, then waited again for the starters and then the mains did not come together it took 10 minutes for the last person to be served - so all our food was cold. No-one seemed to care, they said they were busy - how can they not be able to serve properly when only one third of the restaurant was occupied? To add insult to injury, they charged $20 dollars per pot of mint tea and kept offering more so we were charged $60 for tea on the final bill!! Not a great experience and not recommended."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The rose flavored dessert was one of a kind. The ambiance took us to a new world. The owner stopped by to inquire how we felt and if needed anything. We mentioned we would have appreciated some water - other than that we were happy with the food. He took our request to heart and served us water. The staff followed up accordingly. We appreciated our experience and hope to enjoy the place and delicious food again."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This was better than expected. We worried that the live entertainment "belly dancing" would overwhelm the experience. Didn't happenn since BD started at 10 and our reservation was for 7. Service was very attentative. Food was terrific. Best dishes were the cigar and the sole, of the several we tried. "Small" and "large" plates don't necessarily conform when it comes to portion size. There are two rooms...a white tablecloth front room (narrow) and a square "lounge" room with tables around the large performance space. That room has no table cloths but looked equally nice in a more informal way. Lively crowd in both rooms on Sat 12/28. A fun experience. Would go back for sure."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Small plates were VERY small...6 shrimp for $14!!! Had 5 small plates and left hungry. They don't even put bread on the table...very strange. A nice experience but will not return."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "food was great. pretty empty. a lot of young adults who plan on using hookahs. may not be the best choice for children but the food is delicious. definitely recommend the mushroom risotto."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Great time! Had a family party here for our daughters 21st birthday. Wait staff were extremely attentive to our party of 22. Food was both fun and delicious. Glad we chose Arabesque."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Food very good. Portions are huge; small plates are size of a full entree. Great veggie options. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "this spot is hidden gem in midtown, once inside there is a warm Moroccan ambiance. The host and server could not be more gracious, attentive, and hospitable and friendly. you don't get that a lot, so it is noteworthy. the ambiance is very exotic and romantic, they had live music in the back room. The chicken cigars were amazing, as well as the other food we had. will definitely be a regular!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Arabesque is the full package!!! You have ambience, great food, great service and entertainment. We had soooo much fun. The owner came over to us several times and asked if we needed anything. We danced with belly dancers, smoked hookah and ate unbelivable food and delicious wine."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My guest where crammed into a small space which did not accommodate them and the server was unable to manage a party of 15 and was overwhelmed one if the guest had their entree at the end if dinner"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This lively restaurant is beautifully decorated. For us, the music was too loud but the waiter did try to accommodate our needs for a quieter space. The food was good, not great. The Moroccan spicing was lovely."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "It was quieter than we thought it would be but the ambiance was really nice. We were just there for drinks but the appetizer we ordered was good. Would return here for dinner one day or over the weekend. Hope it picks up. The door to the entrance is just gorgeous!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "This was a great place for groups, with good food at great prices, and unique entertainment. I would definitely recommend to people looking for a new experience and fun dinner."
    Dined on 10/19/2013