Arabesque

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$31 to $50
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Moroccan
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.
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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was unexpectedly bland. For this cuisine, we thought it would be more authentique. The service was attentive, but it’s hard to view it fully when you are disappointed with what is being served.
Perhaps a better choice for lunch than for dinner.

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's 40th birthday and we had a really good time at Arabesque. Food was delicious and the owner, Omar, and his staff made us feel very welcome. He was also very accommodating of our request to order a special Belly Dancer show outside of the normal showtime. Will definitely be coming back here again when we return to NYC.. THANKS

LR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were very disappointed with the food as we know what authentic Moroccan dishes should taste like. The Coucous was under seasoned and the sauce was tasteless. The Bastilla was dry and overcooked and the pastry was chewy not flaky. We found that the cost charged was not a good value for the taste and quality of the dishes. When we were told that the chef was Asian we then realized why the dishes were not tastefully authentic! As the food was not good we would not recommend eating there. If you would like to go there to have entertainment music and belly dancing and have a few drinks that’s great, but don’t rely upon the food to be authentic and delicious Moroccan food with tasty spaces where appropriate. Next time we will stick with the Byblos which we know is a great place with fantastic food.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A $9 bottle of wine for $46? Robbery. The really cool room is the smoking room. Explain that.

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Highly recommendeded. Exceptionally pleasant atmosphere and service.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i loved Arabesque! It is a beautiful, unique restaurant that is fun, has great food and isn't as noisy and crowded as many midtown restaurants. It's a great choice of a restaurant in midtown.

GN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, and the belly dancer was very energetic. But the music level when she danced was unfortunately, deafening. Just too much.

E
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The greek salad and shrimp wrap were extremely good. The fries with a mix of ketchup and harissa are absolutely delicious.

e
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good menu with plenty of variety. Delicious food, nicely prepared.
Very quiet on a Sunday night.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can simply say WOW 😍 I loved Arabesque! Great food ( I had 2 entrees), good beer, wonderful service, and a welcoming atmosphere. Definitely a place to return to.

KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable experience from the moment we walked in. With a friendly greeting we were brought to the table. The couscous and Tagine we ordered were memorable. The service was the perfect balance of attentiveness without being intrusive. I most heartedly recommend this gem to anyone in the mood for Moroccan.

L
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I miss the larger selection of small plates but there is much to choose from larger well priced entrees. Always a charming place to catch up with friends as they never rush you out.
Warning even if you are a « big eater » the bastillée entrée is just too much for one person , share it !

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am Moroccan, my family owns Moroccan restaurants in France , so you guessed I am a snob when it comes to Moroccan food, decor, service, and yes Music (Moroccan ‘s culture is worldwide famous for all the above besides Argan oil and beautiful country) : Arabesque greatly covered all the above !
I shall be back very soon , great place to hangout with friends and families.
A special thanks to Monsieur Omar for a great evening.

I
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant. Lovely decor, delicious food, reasonably priced, great location. Can’t wait to go again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went for a birthday and the lady (manager) was very unfriendly. She mixed the orders was not welcoming and not apologetic at all. The food was decent but the service was awful.
And, why should you pay 20% gratuity..!!??

Don’t think I’ll go again.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The mussels are very good, couscous was okay. A bit too loud, there is dance music that gets louder and louder after 10pm, a bit difficult to chat.

FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My colleagues and I often rely on Arabesque for business lunches or dinners and it never disappoins. Welcomin, friendly, excellent food, well presented, lovely cadre.

e
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Be prepared for belly dancer and music at 9p on Saturday night

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. Entertainment is awesome and the ambiance is excellent.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and super fun staff! Really nice decor and ambiance.

VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

quality of food bad, quality of service late and delayed, and price paid not worth it.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for a girl’s night to celebrate an engagement. The ambiance is great. However, service could be better. After we were seated, it took forever to get a waiter’s attention just to order. The food was mediocre. Everything had a sweet taste to it, even the baba ghanoush. The lamb, however was pretty tasty. As far as entertainment goes, the belly dancer did a great job. But then they had a singer who was obsessed with one of my friends. So he kept pulling her up to dance. At first it was fun, but then it got annoying when we were in the middle of conversation and he kept grabbing us to get up. All in all, it wasn’t a bad night but this place definitely has place for improvement.

E
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This wasn't my first time so I would go back, but it wasn't busy and the service was definitely off. The food was delicious and my client enjoyed her meal. NDL

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, quiet, polite and attentive service.

OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great ambience. Hookah is good, not excellent. Food is great! Service could be better.

d
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date loved it. Thank you guys for such great service

E
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is always delicious, the service sometimes is a little off. I have been there enough to have almost all of the items on the menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Belly dancing

YK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good, music is good, dancers are fun and friendly...it was a little pricier than I expected...the cheapest hookah was $50...after a while we stopped getting served water at the table and had to ask for it, but it was a good time overall

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are outstanding. We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and felt really comfortable and the team was extremely attentive.

T
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

They seemed completely overwhelmed by our large party despite the fact that we made the reservation weeks ago. We got (most, but not all) of our entrees more than two hours after we were seated. The music was too loud for conversation, geared to the belly dancer. For a few minutes, okay, but for hours? This was my first and last visit to Arabesque.

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner and our server was a delight, who went above and beyond to make sure we had a positive experience. The food was delicious (garlic shrimp and pastilla de leche are MUSTS) and I very much hope to be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Drinks were weak and hookah could’ve been better. Food was on the bland side. The only thing about the experience was the ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday dinner party.... it was great!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reasonably priced, authentic Moroccan fare. Wonderful ambiance. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Definitely recommend for a unique dining experience.

CB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my birthday celebration. The ambiance is beautiful at Arabesque! We were seated in the back area, which is decorated like a gorgeous Moroccon tent with lounge-like seating and romantic lighting. We ordered cocktails and appetizers. Cocktails are quite pricy here (at least $14 each), and please ask for tap water if you don't want to end up spending about $9 on a bottle of water! The food was delicious! We had babaganoush, hummus, shrimp, and chicken puffs for appetizers. For dinner, I had the lamb and couscous dish, which was scrumptious. My friends all had different things and they were all very pleased with the food. We decided to get hookah as well since we were celebrating. Each hookah was $50 and it was not worth it at all. I have had way better hookah for half the price. The lovely bonus for the night was the belly dancing entertainment. This was a lovely touch for the restaurant to provide. Overall, we had a great time here but be aware that the staff will try to up-sell you everything and they do charge absurd amounts for little things. I would definitely return for the food though.

NW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere was lovely, and it was a comfortable walk from the theater district. The lamb in pastry appetizer and the calamari with moroccan spice were both excellent.

We'll be back...

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

I ordered lamb meatballs and was served a lamb shank (upcharge of $8). I am very strict w my diet and have issues and the shank was not good for me! I didn’t send it back as I wanted to dine w my husband and his entree was served. The server was very kind but it was his error and our check should have reflected this mistake in crediting the difference

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