The simple Moroccan tapas at this basement speakeasylike lounge would taste good anywhere, but they’re even better here, in one of Hell’s Kitchen’s most stunning rooms: Moody lighting, red leather banquettes and damask wallpaper transport you to a sultan’s private lair. Marseille chef Andy D’Amico keeps things familiar but adds small twists: Creamy hummus gets nutty seven-grain toast points, and couscous-crusted shrimp comes with a dipping sauce of cooked red pepper and tomato salsa. Entreés like chicken tagine and lamb kefta are sturdy enough to stand up to the strong cocktails.
|Venue name:||Kemia Bar (CLOSED)||Contact:|
630 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||at 44th St|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat 8pm–3am|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority|
|Price:||Average tapa: $6. AmEx, MC, V|
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