New York City is a little like a microcosm of the whole world. You can find people from just about every nation in The Big Apple.
One of the best things about this multiculturalism is the fact that you can find authentic dishes from just about every culture within the city.
If you try and look for Moroccan food in most American towns, you’re going to end up out of luck, but in NYC you have so many choices that you can afford to be picky.
There are many places to get delicious Moroccan food in NYC, but if you’re looking for the most authentic and delicious in the city, then you need to head to Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine.
Located in the theater district in Manhattan, the Tagine is a unique place. There aren’t many restaurants like Tagine in the area, but then again there aren’t many places like Tagine in the entire city.
One moment you’re facing the busy traffic of West 38th Street and the next you’re through the door and into a land of enchantment.
The ambiance of Tagine is to die for. Red lighting elements give everything an exotic glow. The feel is emphasized by the lamps that reach so low that you might have to watch your head as you weave through the interior.
Everything in the restaurant reflects the unique aesthetic of Morocco, with ornate designs decorating the walls, the plates you eat off of, and even the napkins you’re given.
The romance of the interior design is amazing, but it would all be for naught if the food wasn’t good. Fortunately, the food is all you could want.
“Shallow Earthen Pot”
Chef Hamid Idrissi has created a menu that brings together Moroccan favorites and fine dining expectations.
The restaurant stocks an entire bazaar’s worth of spices that make every dish an explosion of flavours that are both amazing and unique.
The name of the restaurant comes from its signature dish, tagine. It’s a North African favorite that gets its name from the unique pot that it is cooked in. The word tagine means “shallow earthen pot” in Arabic.
The dish is cooked in different ways, but at Tagine, theirs is definitely a hearty stew. It’s a slow-cooked mix of protein and vegetables that is completed with a healthy helping of spices.
At Tagine the key ingredient is saffron, which gives the dish an unforgettable taste.
You can get tagine at a variety of restaurants in NYC, but if you want the best tagine, you need to go to the restaurant that was named after the dish.
If you’re in the mood for authentic Moroccan, then take a short trip to Marrakech by way of Soho at Tagine.