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Arabesque

African Mediterranean Fusion$21 - $30
4 E 36th Street, New York, NY 10016

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About Arabesque
Building on the success of New York City’s acclaimed Barbes Restaurant, Omar Balouma & Abdellah Ksiyer introduce Arabesque, named for the art form defined by a complex ornamental design of intertwined flowing lines & geometric figures originally found in Moorish decoration. Arabesque Restaurant resonates this in its architecture, decor and menu with a modern Moorish dining room, a traditional Moroccan lounge and a menu that carefully intertwines North African, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisines.

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3.7
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Lana G.
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2017-01-14
I come here every time I'm in town. Great food, great hookah, great service. I don't get the bad reviews, I've always had a great experience here. Wether it's a slow night or busy night they always go above and beyond to make sure you're taken care of. I tried a different hookah/food lounge nearby last night and was greatly disappointed. Came back here tonight and had another amazing experience. Rule of thumb, treat people with respect and they'll do the same to you.
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Edward Ilyasov
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2016-09-11
Amazingly gifted DJ that sang at least 5 different languages while playing the piano and drums, belly dancing was a good show food was well priced, but it seemed like everything needed more salt. The lamb meatballs were the best dish (my family and I ordered a lot of different dishes). Not giving a full 5 stars because it was way too hot in the back room (only 1 AC for that room all while hot hookah coals were everywhere). Really enjoyable nevertheless as everyone got up and danced. Will go back with a date someday.
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Ivy Dye
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2016-12-23
It was a beautiful place! And we had our Christmas party there.. the food was great and service was fast. My only issur was that soke of the waiters were rude towards the end asking when we are going to leave. Tacky!
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ML Ong
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2016-12-14
Nice decorations and courteous staff. Food is special and taste good.
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Emad Karim
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2017-02-12
Good vibe and delicious Moroccan food. The shisha is a bit more expensive than other places but the staff are friendly and attentive.
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Aditya Nenawati
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2017-03-06
I have been to this place a couple of times. It's kind of a hit and miss. Sometimes we had a blast, other times the hookah wasn't good, or the waitress burnt our hookah and then asked us to buy another. I would still recommend this place, since the hookah is nice and the dessert with the corn chips is delicious.
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Asif Khan
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2017-03-12
The ambiance is great - the food is okay though it leaves a lot to be wished for. I ordered a Kale salad, Steak, Strawberry Creme Caramel, and Mint Tea. The tea was the best! Steak was good but the vegetables were not a la dent and fries weren't 'fait maison' rather appeared to be from Mc Donald's (which I don't want to be reminded of !). The creme caramel was okay. Great staff however - courteous and smiling.
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NITIGYA PACHISIA
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2017-04-06
Serves very good Hookah. The food is OK. Nothing you'd miss. However surprisingly for a Moroccan restaurant their Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto was really nice. However the place has a lovely middle eastern charm and the staff is very pleasant.
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Joel H
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2017-04-18
Lovely atmosphere, especially in the alcoves on the side. Hookahs / Mediterranean snacks are nice, and place is ideal for those who are uncertain between going to a bar or a restaurant
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Lina Beydoun
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2017-06-26
Great food and ambience but very expensive shisha
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Tarik Marzokah
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2017-07-05
Nice place, cool Moroccan vibe and decoration. Pretty expensive. $40 hookah!
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Tiffany Cheng
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2017-09-03
Arabesque is a high-roller and dressy hookah establishment. They cater to an older crowd, or younger crowd with money. The hookah itself was good, the service is also great and the belly dancer was phenomenal! Sultana is talented and impressive with her various belly dancing, her ability to keep the audience captivated and smiling, and keeping to the beat of live drumming.
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Schaunte Collins
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2017-09-16
Great food, great ambiance, strong service, reasonable prices.
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T .L
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2017-10-03
Great service and great food also good hookah
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Jeannie Reyes-Olmeda
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2017-10-31
Awesome time here with friends... The bartender Orealli was supper friendly and helpful! Belly dancer was also greatly entertaining! I really love the vibe here... I plan on returning.
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Jay Singh
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2017-11-05
The atmosphere is nice, decor and service is good, but the food really lacks flavour and authenticity. I've tried other, less expensive Moroccan places and you can really taste the flavour at it's fullest. Was a nice first time try experience, definitely will be the last.
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Majid Lakhani
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2017-11-18
Pretty pricey but the quality, ambience and service are great
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Scott Meller
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2017-11-18
Food was phenomenal. Terrific Moroccan cuisine, and an easy walk from and to Penn Station.
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Diana May
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2017-12-01
I was here with my friends one Saturday night. You get the authentic morrocan experience here; from the ambience to the food & the music. The guys who were serving were great with their service and attentive to customers. Reason it gets 5stars. They had a live performance (it was a Saturday night).They serve hookers (for those who like hookers) & their meals and drinks are good. The place is small and intimate however so if you're just out for food & drinks, you can always go across the street to barbes which is also owned by the same owner, given a more french-morrocan restaurant feel. Arabesque is more of a lounge & bar but barbes is strictly a restaurant & serves drinks as well.
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