Arabesque

4.4
308 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipSashaF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came to hang with a friend visiting from atl. Decided to try something new. The belly dancer was a nice touch. The scene is very middle eastern. The club across the street had a more diverse crowd. The hookah is $50 but my friend had it by himself - I don’t smoke. The music is mediocre. They need more of a variety. Seems like they don’t know what crowd their aiming for especially since everyone there looked over 40. It wasn’t packed for a Saturday night. I think they need to appeal to diverse crowd and get a dj that can also play relevant music. The music was 85% middle eastern - fun but becomes overbearing after awhile. Would go back to try more food and because it’s really nice spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a healthy option. Good for business meeting

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Buona cucina e servizio molto attento. Prezzi nella media di New York

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FrancescaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite place. The staff is wonderfully patient and welcoming, even with large groups. The food is regularly excellent and the décor very restful and attractive.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a Valentine’s dinner here with my wife. Service was great and the cuisine a nice departure from the traditional fare. I would have probably given it a five - but we came too early for the entertainment (belly dancers)! Loved the background music which was tasteful and not too loud.

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lorenl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food at Arabesque exceeded our exceptions. Of note the appetizer sampler was delicious. I had the chicken cous cous, prepared traditionally and very tasty. Our busboy was new on the job and said so. He was very pleasant, but should have had more training. We will definitely dine at Arabesque again.

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vipreviewer
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service order the meat pies and lamb shank with prunes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious, service very good and entertainment outstanding!

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vipcjr2
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

On a damp rainy night we were in the mood for an authentic couscous in the Morgan library neighborhood and arabesque fit the bill. The martini was a bit skimpy, but the couscous was just right!

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vipGaryJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was almost empty on a Sunday evening so the noise level was quite tolerable and the food and service were quite good

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Rashaa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipMDZ20
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very fun evening. Good food, great atmosphere with a belly dancer and good Arabic Music. A bit loud as it gets later.

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vipRosemarieK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Everyone liked their meal!

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4275
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Omar and his staff could not have possibly been more welcoming and attentive. I found a new gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So much fun in the back room

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was extremely bland, not fresh and very disappointing. Couscous was dry even the broth could not make a difference. Very loud. The best was the wonderful belly dancer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here! We were a huge group celebrating two birthdays and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and didn’t rush us in the slightest. The food was wonderful and the ambiance was perfect for a girls’ night out. Nadia, our server, was fantastic!

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vipJane
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pretty, quiet, nice service. Reasonable prices. A great find.

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vipResto
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

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RandyD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LassaadR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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vipSushimaven
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Highly recommendeded. Exceptionally pleasant atmosphere and service.

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MargaretD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipGreatNeckDoctorCouple
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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

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vipExcellent
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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vipeddieemail
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipShannonJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KirkS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLizzie
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 !

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MalikaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Irish
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

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vipNabz
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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FrancescaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipeddieemail
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Cristabel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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VicB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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

FAQs

Arabesque offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 532-2210.

Arabesque is rated 4.4 stars by 308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.