164 Mercer St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.725350 -73.997998
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
Awesome Night Out – We went there last night for a friend's birthday and had a great time. The music was totally cool and they even let us plug in our ipod to plan her favorite song. they have a really tasty champagne cocktail and everyone is really mellow. Super fun!
Great place to meet up with friends – A great spot for a midweek outing with three or four friends. In the evening, the atmosphere is very conducive to conversation. The waitress is attentive, but not overbearing. The menu is unique and intriguing. The tapas are unbelievable, and the drinks are good too. You won't get a watered down drink there. Around 11:00, the restaurant starts to feel more like a bar. Most people seem to be with a few friends, doing their own thing, so you may not meet anyone new. That's not always the case though. The last time I was there, my friends and I met these three very cute, very interesting girls who we ended up partying with until 3:00 am.
Generally, if you are looking for a big place with a ton of people, don't go there. If you want something a little more intimate, where you can hang out with your friends, this place is a better choice.
Celeb Hideout! – On more than one occasion I have stumbled into this beautiful hidden lounge in Soho and spotted a celeb or two hanging out with their friends. I have seen Paula Abdul with her entourage and even heard that Kanye West and Jay Z partied there late night with some of their closest friends and family. Casablanca must be on the fashion radar, because I have also seen a whole bunch of designers and runway models there. The place is a real cool spot, with chic white Moroccan decor and a tight sound. Check it out also for the great food. It has some of the best Moroccan eats I have had in NYC.
Should Be In Zagat as Top Pick [ my foodie friend agrees ] – I recently returned from a vacation in Morocco and was intrigued to go Casablanca tea room this past Friday when a girlfriend of mine gave it rave reviews.
On the way there I must admit I was a bit reluctant: I am a jaded native New Yorker. In my experience, far too many restaurateurs these days spend too much time and money on an award winning architect than they do on a menu or chef! Besides, I just returned from Morocco?
I am happy to to say that the owner of Casablanca has done everything correct and that they firing on all cylinders- Starting with what matters: SUBLIME FOOD, great ambiance and the friendliest service that I have experienced since my trip to Morocco. When you walk into the place you feel like have been transported into your own private Riyad. The owner spared no expense on original artifacts from Morocco and you feel this as soon as you walk in.
When we arrived we asked the server to order for us. He started us out with the best Mojhito that I have ever had [Fresh lime juice, pungent mint that is imported fresh from across the Atlantic and shaved ice].
Each entree was cooked to perfection and for THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS I dined at a place where the quality of the food on my plate was equal to the award winning design. The chef?s attention to detail was obvious in each ingredient he picked.
I never even looked at a menu so I will go from memory; these are must haves on your first visit:
Chicken w/ cinnamon
Goat cheese w/ roasted pepper [Wrapped in filo dough]
Cucumber, Tomato w/ fresh bread [This is the best bread I have ever had?better than blue ribbon bakery]
Mint Tea for dessert [ The first place in Manhattan that makes it like they do in Marrakech! For those of you who have never had it, this is worth the visit alone!]
Do yourself a favor and check this place out. This is as far as I am concerned perhaps the best romantic spot in Manhattan to go on a first date.
Best-kept Secret – If the best memories are in the details then you will love to remember the soft dark light and the fresh scent of rosewater and mint, flickering candles and the twisted bouquet of white roses. The service is attentive and warm ? always anticipating. The mouth watering Mohitos are delicious and the Moroccan Chicken Cigars are the perfect combination of cinnamon sweetness and flavorful chicken. There is no better place to escape New York and transcend to place where every little detail will refresh your senses... definitely one of Manhattan?s best kept secrets.
TERRIBLE SERVICE!! – The dude who served my friend and I was incredibly rude. He ignored us on purpose the whole time and was incredibly snotty. Worst part is, you can tell it was all intentional. We couldn't figure out why he was acting the way he was. Maybe he had a bad day? But still, don't take it out on the customers and then expect a good tip at the end. Anyway, on to the food. It wasn't good at all. Had the soup and a couple of appetizers. Teas were okay. Atmosphere could have been better if it wasn't for the service. I would go back but obviously not after what I had experienced. I will never return.
Awful mangament/DJ – Basically, they have the worst customer service!!! A good firend of mine had his party there saturday night. In fact, the whole bar were his guest. He brought his own iPod, which he had told management he would do and they agreed. But the DJ only played it for half an hour and then put rock and heavy metal on. Just becaue that's what he wanted to hear. More than 5 different people approched the DJ and asked him to change the music. But he refused, because as it turns out, he's the manager! That makes him SELFISH, INCONSIDEARTE and with NO sense of customer service. This place is trated like the manager's livingroom, and that ruins eveything!! DON'T HAVE YOUR PARTY THERE!!!
Recently visited the casablanca tea room, and had no idea what to expect... awesome Morroccan food, great music, beautiful people in a beautiful room. This Place is hot
The Place "TO CLOSE" – I recently went on a date to Casablanca Tea Room. This is not just a great place but the atmopsphere is incredible for a date. I was looking for a nice chill place for a few drinks. Between the music, drinks and decor, things got started pretty quickly. With such a great environment, the ususal chit/chat got quickly replaced with some dirty talk. Ten minutes in there and you can see why. From now on this is my date joint. I only hope I don't run into any ex-girlfriends who like the place as I much as I do.
Great teas, snobby service – When I first went to this place, the staff was very charming, the food is great, and the Moroccan tea is to-die-for!
Then, for some reason, a new manager came in (or something) and the charm left. My experiences since have not been as pleasant. I don't visit anymore.
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