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Couscous in New York City

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Couscous in New York City

robert kushen | Jan 1, 2002 11:41 AM

Can anyone recommend a place for good couscous in New York City? I recently ate at Cookies and Couscous in the Village, and despite the name, the couscous was mediocre (bone dry, like much of the couscous I have had in NYC). Their tagines were a bit better, and nice sorbets for dessert. There is only one place I have ever had good couscous in New York: the long-defunct Malca's on the upper east side. I must stress that I am not a couscous expert (ate it in Egypt and Senegal but I didn't expect much in either place and didn't get much), so maybe I am not sure what I am looking for. However, it seems that any North African joint in Paris can serve up a credible couscous, with a nice big bowl of broth and veggies, whereas the couscous in New York is frequently dry and tasteless. I haven't been to Lotfi's for a long time, but the couscous there was never very good either. Help!

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