Café Mogador

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Café Mogador
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The popular East Village Moroccan eatery opens a 75-seat outpost, outfitted with colorful tiles and reclaimed wood, in Williamsburg. A back herb garden growing rosemary, thyme and mint supplies the kitchen, which puts out signature dishes like a lamb tagine with dried apricots and prunes, a Greek salad crowned with za'atar croutons, and Middle Eastern eggs (tabouli, hummus, pita and chopped salad with eggs any style).


Venue name: Café Mogador
Address: 133 Wythe Ave
Cross street: between North 7th and 8th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 9am–1am
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
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The best food, hands down!! Great atmosphere, good service and oh did I mention the food, simply savory. The drinks are rather unique as well


The list titled "reasons why I would ever visit the Middle East" is a remarkably short one. Come to think of it, there might only be one item on it...the food. Middle Eastern is a cuisine that you like even if you're not aware that you like it. And Cafe Mogador is one of the best places in the city to get it.

Right off the Bedford L, this place couldn't be more Williamsburg if it tried. Tastefully decorated and cozy-but-not-cramped make it an ideal date spot, whether that be date #1 or date #874.

While I'm sure you could get your fill if everyone ordered one entree, you'd be remiss not to explore their starters. The roasted eggplant is a winner, but you're best bet is to start with the entire mixed platter. Light and refreshing, yet decadent and satisfying. 

And for dinner, go for something with lamb. The lamb cous cous is probably what they're most famous for, but if there's a special with lamb you could just as well opt for that.