If someone offers me watermelon mojitos and platters of hummus, baba ghanoush and flatbreads for dinner, I can’t resist. Café Mogador is a fine choice for a date night, with all of the above and first-rate people-watching, paisley-patterned tables and alfresco seating.
Whether you head to the original East Village location or the more spacious spot in Williamsburg, your cravings for Moroccan and Israeli food will soon be well satisfied. The customers range from hipsters and students to old-school locals, all looking for a reliable, affordable and simply wonderfully enjoyable meal.
Once you’ve sipped your way through a seasonal cocktail (the watermelon mojito and Moroccan mint julep get our vote), settle into a range of mezze (don’t miss the bright, herb-filled falafel) served with toasted, buttery pita. Next, dive into one of the best bowls of comfort food in the city: rich couscous topped with slow-cooked lamb shank, soft vegetables and sweet raisins. A glass of red may be necessary to accompany this satisfying bowlful. Skip dessert or swap it for another watermelon mojito: we’re not here to judge you.
Café Mogador, 101 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10009.