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Arabesque

4.1
215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(212) 532-2210
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 215 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 5 days ago

After seeing all of the great reviews on open table I was excited to meet a friend here. We ordered the spicy hummus, marinated shrimp and the chicken entree. The hummus was extremely bland and the chicken has 5 small pieces that were over charred. The shrimp were our saving grace. Our waitress lingered a bit too much and seemed a bit judgey. Overall, not my favorite spot in Midtown.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Pleasant decor, comfortable space--and interesting menu, with some Moroccan specialties.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We love the sampler—large portions of three dips—and a serving for two was more than the three of us could finish. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food is delicious and very well presented. Everything is attractive and appetizing. The service is wonderful. The staff really knows how to make you feel at home and never rushes you. There is something on the menu for every kind of diet.
This is one of our absolutely favorite places in the area.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The waitress Fleur was great !

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Stumable across this restaurant my lookin for another... we decided to eat dinner here. The atmosphere is beautiful decorated... the Greek salad was scrumptious!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food and service was great. Although we ordered tea while deciding on dessert but no one came back to take our order. The only thing holding me back from returning is the noise level. This is my second time and the music has always been unnecessarily loud to the point I can’t hear my friends from across the table. I think they can achieve the lively atmosphere without blasting music to the point where my ears are ringing at the end of the night.

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1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I arranged a surprise birthday for my husband, unfortunately the host ruined the surprise by first of telling my husband “oh your here, you have people waiting for you” ... secondly when my guests sat down two chairs broke and they fell to the ground... I felt terrible for them... all chairs where wobbly. The manager didn’t come over until I asked the waiter to bring one, he wasn’t informed - he wasn’t very nice, he was rude and argumentative (a manager should be calm and collective regardless of any situation) Anyway it was a horrible expensive experience. I wouldn’t come back there! He didn’t ask my friends if there was anything they can do seeing as they fell on there unsafe chairs! Never again! I wouldn’t step in that place or recommend! Overly priced and hardly a Arabic menus - who serves risotto at a middle eastern place - my advice stick to the theme and change your management!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service, food was fresh and tasted great, and the ambiance was perfect. Would highly recommend Arabesque!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Amamzing food. Quiet. Great service.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent like always!! This has been my 6th time visiting Arabesque I love this place.!!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and authentic! Totally recommended!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent Morrocan food. The flavors are delicate and layered. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Really delicious food, friendly staff, great location and great value.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

A very nice restaurant with friendly and competent staff. Nice for chatting while dining. Food could be more flavorful.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding!
A bit too expensive but lots of fun

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Totally loved everything about this place. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service, romantic ambient, original interior design.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was ok, but service was very slow. Waited almost half an hour to order drinks. Food is over-priced:$8 for a side of couscous! They have a bizarre ritual of lighting a large, very bright magnesium sparkler for a birthday, and when it was brought to a table next to us, it totally ruined the ambiance of this cozy Moroccan restaurant. Will not return.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Family reunion - holiday dinner

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Missed the belly dancing as we were late but the experience is worth the time and money!

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3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Service is good but food quality is not like Barbes.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I love all sorts of different food. For his birthday I was looking for a nice, but not overly priced place. The service was good, not too busy, and the food was delicious - fresh!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

All around superb restaurant. We are regulars because we like it so much.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 5, 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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 28, 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Birthday! We had a great time

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Super cute restaurant with great food!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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

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