Cafe Mogador is a mecca for students, a diverse international crowd and other generally hip East Village types. A perfect neighborhood spot for relaxing and sipping on some Moroccan tea, Turkish coffee or a glass of wine (while you study, of course), Mogador sports a handful of sidewalk tables looking out onto St. Mark's Place. A few steps down from the street, the main dining room exudes a relaxed café feel, with cream-colored walls and green trim, hanging lamps, wine racks, and chalkboards showing the daily specials. The menu consists of Moroccan and some Mediterranean classics such as falafel, a few varieties of couscous, and hummus with a spicy crushed red pepper and olive oil mixture on the side. Tagines
, slow-simmered spiced stews, are the best-selling item and come with lamb (on the bone) or chicken, and rice or couscous, in a choice of five different sauces - try the spicy, green charmoula
on a cold, rainy day for soul-affirming inner warmness. Breakfast draws a crowd as well with creative offerings, including Moroccan eggs (poached with a spicy tomato sauce, home fries and pita) or the Foul Madamez, a hard-boiled egg with fava beans and hummus.
"Here you'll eat simple, filling Moroccan food with thoughtful touches, like fresh shallots in the mussels broth (a frequent special) and extremely tasty olive oil drizzled atop hummus and baba ghanoush."
Zagat 2014: 23 food rating (very good to excellent)
Time Out New York: Critics' Pick