About 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.

4 East 36th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 532-2210

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Arabesque Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (4)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Tapas (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 hours ago

Great meals, large portions and very reasonable prices. Awesome experience. Definitely will go back...very soon!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We live in the neighborhood but somehow never got here till now; our loss! Charming place. Best baba ganoush I've ever tasted. Go, you'll enjoy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very accommodating! The staff was friendly and fun. The food was delicious. A great experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I was excited to go here because we vacationed in Morocco last summer. I was p[leased to find the food and presentation authentic, and woudl be happy to return

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

In short, the food is good and so is the service. They just need to coordinate both. 4 people waited on us. All good except they kept inquiring about the same things such as trying to take our drink and food orders.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Tuesday we went the restaurant was not full so it was perfect for conversation, good food and wine. Tables are very close together so I can imagine that on Fridays and Saturdays it might feel crowded and a little noisy.
All that said, food was outstanding and authentic. Having spent time in Northern Africa and the Middle East, I can attest this is no fusion nor Americanized kitchen: it is the real thing. From appetizers to desserts every single dish was wonderfully condimented and expertly cooked.
Service was very efficient and most of all, friendly.
Will most certainly be added to my favorites in NYC.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Both meat dishes a little heavyly spiced but flavored well, the hummus surprisingly bland but great smooth texture, good fresh salad

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great little find, excellent service - waiters were really friendly and attentive. Atmosphere is lively and the place is stunning.

Found it a little off putting people smoking hookah either side of the table, but if you don’t mind that the place is excellent, highly recommend - one of my favourite finds in NYC.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I love this place. Food is great and the staff very attentive . I always have a great time..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Birthday! We had a great time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice menu but sadly, the dishes were way under seasoned. None of those lovely Moroccan spices we expected, and everything badly needed salt. No salt on tables. My chicken tagine with lemon and green olives had only four small olives. Food was a big disappointment. Should have guessed when we walked in to a completely empty restaurant at 730 on a Saturday night. Yes, we are early birds by NY standards, but surely if the food is good someone else would be dining too. What WAS great was the service. Very attentive and friendly server/front of the house staff. We felt this place was catering more towards their lounge crowd than their food.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

One of the worst NYC restaurant experiences I've had in a while. The service was atrocious (forgot orders, fought with us over orders, waited over an hour and a half for appetizers). The belly dancing was entertaining but the food and drinks were terrible. I would find another place to go if you want to have dinner and a show.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Super cute restaurant with great food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great Service and restaurant was very attentive and accommodating to all of our needs.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Great find! Attentive service. Beautiful food. Fun atmosphere. Great music.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Spicy, Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We had a nice time! Service was great, food was excellent, ambiance was wonderful. Will be back!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food an entertainment, with a middle eastern flair. Starting with a belly dance performance during dinner, then transforming into everyone getting up from their tables and dancing to a middle east-themed DJ.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

This was my first time here and I was really impressed by the friendly atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. The dishes were perfectly spiced and plentiful. Dessert was to die for! I will be back.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Good Mediterranean cuisine served in a friendly atmosphere! Loved the Babaganoush!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Delightfully presented dishes with incredible taste. Fantastic service. Definately a place to pin on your map.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The wait staff was outstanding and catered to a large group with 3 young children with patience and understanding. I am very grateful that they made my birthday very special. I highly recommend Arabesque for large groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

I took my friend there for her surprise birthday party and she and her friends loved it sooo much. It was the most amazing place ever. Food is delicious and in nice portion. The staff are amazing and they even had live music and belly dancing. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to go there especially to host a party. It is all worth it. I want to go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (México)·Dined on March 9, 2017

It is a little dark for my taste and the setting isnt really what you would think of.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Arrived at 7:30 Saturday night and it was quiet. Started to get busy as we ate. Eventually the volume was loud and they were preparing for belly dancing and live music as we left. Would have stayed but ran out of time on the meter 20 blocks away. Great food and very friendly service. Will be going back

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, People Watching, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

I planned my 21st birthday dinner/event at Arabesque. I wanted a different, comfortable, lounge like vibe, with dance party potential. I invited about 20 people and there was more than enough space to seat everyone in the beautiful lounge area of the restaurant. The decor was wonderful and exactly what I had envisioned. There was even a DJ the night of my dinner who played everything from Arabian background music, to Drake towards the end of the night. The food and drinks were more than I had anticipated. I shared the cheese platter and stuffed chicken which were TO DIE FOR! One of my favorite dishes ever. The service was fantastic and before my party, the workers / owners called me back not once, not twice, but THREE times to ensure everything I wanted was in full effect. They even brought out a special birthday dessert and a firework for me! Totally surprised and absolutely wonderful. Everyone told me after that it was "LiT" and the best party they've been to. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ARABESQUE. For a date, a girl's night out, or a large party. This place has and does it all. 10/10

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service and finally a restaurant where you don't have to scream to be heard!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We went to this place on a Saturday and were able to get a table via OpenTable when booked liek 15 minutes before. Our first thought was this place must not be good, since its empty on a Saturday. When we arrived we were shown to our table and the place was partially filled.

The waitress who served us had the best choice in almost everything. She chose our hookah, drinks and dessert and they were all good. The hookah is pricey, but they didn't nag us for 4 hours to buy another one, so I would say it's worth it.

Great place to go for a date or hang out with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Loved the food, decor, service and energy. The only constructive criticism would be table position. Ask for an alcove or else you may find yourself really close to the next table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Very good Morrocan cuisine with quality ingredients. Attentive and helpful wait staff and manager. Not for school age or younger children.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2017

A hidden gem! I have had both lunch and dinner here now.. I love the food! isnt that enough!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I wanted to have an amazing time celebrating my wive's birthday and what we got, exceed ALL of our expectations. Friendliest and most attentive staff and owners, beautiful atmosphere, incredibly romantic and engaging. Food.....Well, it was simply out of this world! Thank you for making this occasion so special for us and our guests! See you soon!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Spicy, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Authentic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Good halal food, will defenetely come back again. Service was awesome.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Staff was excellent and very attentive, food was above average, wine was poor and very overpriced for the value recieved, ambience was great for our party of four, overall it was fun

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

They tired hard but food was not really that good. Sorry!

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

I called the restaurant a day before to confirm if they would have live music. They told me they had live music in Saturdays and Sundays but they did not have live music and tonight. I asked to two bartenders about the live music and they told me they would find out but I could never get a clear cut response.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went here group of 4 on NYE. Making reservation was easy online and I called to confirm as I wanted to sit down in back lounge area where live music was suppose to play. They told me over the phone either we can order pre-fix or regular menu. We got there early and got seated in 10 mins . Meantime we were at the bar area and I ordered 1 cocktail with taxes it was $17 and I think its way overprice for hookah lounge but as it was NYE I didn't mind.
We got seated. Ambiance , crowd & music was amazing . Everyone was happy with the choice. It was crowded and seats where way close to each other but that's common in city . We were not happy with table as it was so low that literally hitting the knee we requested to change the table but they didn't do anything . We didn't want to make a scene so we just let it go.
When we were ready to order food they only gave Pre-fix menu $65/pp. We didn't mind the price but food option was so limited. From which I didn't like any dishes as I am not crazy about meat that much. They said regular menu is available if you sit outside area which was not mentioned over the phone.We all agreed to order Pre-fix as we didn't had a choice. I just ate soup for appetizer and took 2 bites from my entree & dessert. But again as it was NYE its suppose to be like that, I wish they had more food option.Over the phone they mentioned Champagne toast was included in pre-fix but no toast was given. They gave party accessories when it was close to countdown. After countdown everyone started dancing and it was awesome. Belly dancer was amazing too.When the bill came 20% gratuity was included & hookah was $50 that was highest I ever paid for 1 hookah. Overall we enjoyed our NYE as far as all negative point I mentioned that was my experience for that night but I will go again on regular day and I am sure it will be different experience.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Loved our lunch! Great food. Great service. Fun ambiance. Easy to talk. A great choice for our out-of-town guests to experience NY.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Everything was delicious though a little pricier than I expected.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

This place was amazing and the manager and wait staff were so attentive with the orders and kept on checking with the customers.

The vibe was also very energetic and intimate. I absolutely loved the ambience.

Try to get seats at the back if you can because there's a dance floor right in the middle :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We had a late lunch the waitresses and staff were very friendly and helpful. Their recommendations were all very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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