Category: Moroccan / Brunch
Neighborhood: St Marks Place
101 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10009
Mood: Great brunch spot, if you’re looking for staples, with a touch of Moroccan. I promise the food won’t be too exotic or out of this world. You have to be willing to wait just a little bit though, but generally not too crowded like Cafe Orlin…
Tastes Like: American-ish brunch, with a faint hint of Moroccan spices…. I naturally had to opt for the “Moroccan” eggs benedict with zesty tomato & green chile pepper. I highly doubt this is the kind of food they eat for breakfast, but I politely wanted to try it anyways. The appetizers we ordered was a hefty portion (eggplant served with pita). The pita was thick, fluff and moist. It was pleasantly delicious, as was the creamy sauce that topped the eggplant. The omelette was filled with delicious, fresh, soft goat cheese. We had to get harissa on the side…instead of one small ramekin filled, they brought out two. Unlike Cafe Orlin, the harissa here had a pasty texture melded in hot oil. Sexy, tasty, all the more exciting. It was a good thing they did…we completely devoured it with our egg dishes at the very end. The price we pay for spicy goodness!Must Haves: Moroccan eggs Benedict for those that seek a little bit of “kick”. Try more traditional fares like babaghanoush or hummus, because I simply couldn’t get enough of their pita bread.
Stay Away: I did not enjoy the Turkish coffee here at all. It was a bit too strong for my taste…and a tint of spice I couldn’t quite put my finger on….
Ambiance: It looks a little dinky but made it more authenticated. And obviously sitting outside in the warm sunshine didn’t hurt either.
Service: She was so on point it was ridiculous. A bit busy, so we felt just a little neglected at times, but we know she didn’t forget about us.
Rating: Food is a total 4, but giving it a 5 for my overall experience
Caveat: I don’t think they use segafredo here..but whatever it is, it’s not bad.