An Evening Of Tagines, Belly Dancing, And Hookah!

Do you guys have a thing for kitschy restaurants?  You know, like the Christmas ornament overload at Rolf’s or the hot pepper twinkle light craziness at Panna II?  Yes, it’s completely over the top bordering on ridiculous, but I’m on the team that it’s completely fun, too.  That being said, it’s no surprise I was a huge fan of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant skirting the neighborhoods of Times Square/The Garment District–two places locals usually try to avoid like the plague.  But there really are some gems in the area–don’t let the tourists have all the fun!;-)

What I liked best about Tagine was that it felt like so much more than a typical dinner–it was an experience.  If I tuned out the drunk Irish men at the bar (just examples of tourists having all that fun!), it was like being transported to Morocco for the night.  Twenty blocks away from my apartment but a world away.

The service was so on point (my water glass never got less than half full), the food was delicious (get a tagine, obviously, as well as the Casablanca cous cous for your main, olive tapenade with their oven roasted bread to start, and baklava for dessert), the atmosphere was lively–thanks to the classic Moroccan music, comfy pillows you sit on, belly dancers, and post-dinner hookah and mint tea.  Obviously, don’t go here expecting an intimate dining experience, but if you’re up for a bit of fun and something to break up your eating out routine, I’d say make yourself a reservation!

Tagine  |  221 West 38th Street, New York, NY  10018 


  • Tracy Kaler says:

    Sounds fun! I love Moroccan food too so Tagine sounds like a win win. And who doesn’t like a little belly dancing with dinner?!

  • These kitschy restaurants can be so much fun! I’ve gone to Moroccan themed restaurants in Washington, DC, and Shanghai, if you can believe that last one. Great for lifting tired expat spirits :-)

  • Gabrielle says:

    Oh, I’m definitely on board for kitschy restaurants – they make a meal feel more like an ‘experience’, and they can be pretty fun to photograph too! 😉

  • Tamara says:

    Well I know I’d love it! That sounds like a place my sister loves so we did something like that for her bachelorette party. Ah, that seems like ages ago!

  • Dana Carmel says:

    This place looks like it would make for a fun night out! There’s a restaurant here in L.A. called Tagine too (I think) that I’ve been meaning to try. But it looks a bit more ritzy and less kitsch, so it may not be as fun as your Moroccan dining experience.

  • Agness says:

    What a lovely place for a dinner!!!! Mniam!! The food here looks so amazing! I wish I could go there with my best friends!

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