When you want to eat somewhere in the East Village where everybody tried on multiple outfits before leaving the apartment, you could go to Cafe Mogador. This Moroccan spot has been on St Marks since 1983, and there are long waits here most nights and all day on weekends. Along with meze (small plates), they serve larger dishes like couscous with lamb shank and chicken tagine. The indoor space works well for relatively affordable group dinners, and the sidewalk seating out front is ideal during brunch.
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Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.
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The original is in the East Village, but the Williamsburg Cafe Mogador is brighter and more spacious. Get your Moroccan food here (including brunch).
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