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Zitoune Restaurant

This is as good as it gets! I'm giving it five stars because each time I enter Zitoune, Im immediately brought back to lovely restaurants I've dined in all over Morocco. I feel like I've entered a chic casbah establishment: the lights are dimmed, the aroma is exotic & spicy & the warm hospitality is definitely North African/Middle Eastern. The owner, Alain Bennouna, has decorated elegantly & warmly with traditional objects of his homeland. He's opening another place on 424 East 9th St in the East Village, called Olivia Bistro.

My companion & I stopped in recently on a Summer week-night because we were peckish for a Mid East nosh. There aren't too many places to choose from up here & I remembered this wonderful spot.

We were warmly greeted & shown to a divan-style table. (One that is a few inches off the floor with low slung couches or divans). The service has improved tremendously & the waiter was efficient & helpful, explaining any questions we had.

We ordered an olive tapas to start which was delicious & a notch above others. It had a secret flavor that I can't seem to name but fondly can recall.

My friend had the salmon which was presently with roasted vegetables & potatoes. I had a bite, or two, & it was delicious.

I'm a great lover of kofte (a spiced meatball dish). This was presented in a tangine-for-one, the cover removed table side only to unleash exquisite aromas & gave rise to pleasant thoughts of me shlepping all over Maroc. The kofte were steamed in an aromatic broth, not fried, with vegetables, lentils & cous cous. It was delightful! I'm not a big eater, but I ate the entire entre.

We then had a lovely green salad with an outstanding lemon dressing. So refreshing after a warm dish & hot & muggy night.

Included is a choice of wine or tea/coffee. All for under twenty dollars. Quite reasonable. We also shared a dish of toasty filo triangles filled with nuts & fruit. This was a delicious end to our meal.

But then we found out that we could have a shisha! So, without having to sit out in the muggy night, we were escorted to another divan away from the other guests & smoked a pipe of apple tobacco. I really felt like I was back in the enchanted land that I love so well. It was so nice & relaxing, us getting more comfortable, shoes off, reminiscing our times in different countries surrounding the Mediterranean, the great friends we mede & still have & the great food we've enjoyed. Just like tonight.

More reviews to come. This was just a spur of the moment, weeknight dinner. I notice here in the suburbs of NY, people don't take the time to dine. They eat. I dine. And this is where I do it. So, if you want to dine, I strongly suggest ZITOUNE.

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Zitoune
1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Aug 31, 2010
Madame.Nicole in New York State (exc. NYC)

Hi-end middle eastern cuisine with belly dancers/dervishes?

Hi,

Thanks so much. I'll tell you how it went.

Feb 19, 2009
Madame.Nicole in Manhattan

Ali Baba Mediterranean Cuisine, Yonkers

here's an update: I understand they changed hands recently & I haven't been back to try it.

Feb 19, 2009
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Hi-end middle eastern cuisine with belly dancers/dervishes?

Hi,

I'm looking for a middle eastern restaurant that serves fabulous, authentic cuisine, an elegant, hi-end type that has a floor show with either belly dancers or dervishes. I went to one a few years ago that was way downtown, but I can't remember the name. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Feb 19, 2009
Madame.Nicole in Manhattan

Who's open tonite?

Hi,

Anyone know of any restaurants open tonite, New Year's Day evening in Upper Westchester?

Thanks!

Jan 01, 2009
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Croton Creek Steakhouse - Croton Falls, NY

Well, it hasn't gotten any better. I was there for lunch a few days ago with visiting family. We were all disappointed. Service was lacking, $13 burgers came out ALL over-cooked, server didn't remember who got what & the bacon was burned, not crispy, but charred. I requested a $3 butter, wasn't served, but added to check. Music was really loud & we were getting "the look" to leave/bum's rush. I mentioned the burned bacon to the hostess/server, she just looked at me, didn't say she would mention to kitchen or take something off the bill. My first clue was there was something black & sticky on the rim of my glass & we had a water issue too.

I have a feeling there's a skeleton staff in this place during the day coz they really didn't know how to show hospitality or good service, let alone fabulous food.

Anyone know of a good place to dine in the area when family visits?

Aug 01, 2008
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Ali Baba Mediterranean Cuisine, Yonkers

I was there the other nite. Yes, atmosphere is lacking but the cuisine definitely makes up for it. Great food, fresh, tasty. The staff is wonderful & I felt like I was back in the Middle East! I would stop in. They have special prices for lunch & the dinners are quite reasonable.

Jul 26, 2008
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