The red velvet curtains and low, cushion-filled seats make this more of a lounge than an eatery. And, yes, there’s a deejay. At weekends, the maddening crowds of Chelsea’s clubzone (read: barely 21-year-olds) suck down shisha smoke and so-so cocktails—and ignore the food. A shame, because the Merguez makes an ideal small plate (the fire of the lamb sausage balanced by zippy baba ghanoush) and the slow-cooked chicken tagine is subtly spiced. A delicious North African version of peach and strawberry cobbler lets the chef show he can do more than just funky, cold Medina.
315 Tenth Ave
|Cross street:||between 28th and 29th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 6pm–2am; Thu–Sat 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|