After hearing a lot of good things about the Middle-Eastern food at Moustache (10th St, East Village), thought we should check it out this weekend. Big mistake. First, we wanted seating in the garden (it was one of the few nice nights we've had this spring), but they seated us at a two-top six inches away from some sort of blue tarp-covered huge planter or fountain or something that was under construction, and was covered with dirt and puddles of water. The cushions on our chair were dirty, and one of our chairs was missing an arm. Don't get me wrong, we're used to less-than glamorous dining experiences-we're on a budget and prefer good food to glamourous surroundings, but this was like we were eating in a trailer park.
We asked to be moved to a different table, but were told that all of the 4 tops were reserved for 4 diners, and even when we got up to leave, they seemed willing to sacrifice our business, rather than give us a better table. Despite this, we decided that if the food was really that good, we would sit in the front dining room (which basically looks like a counter service falafel stand---nothing wrong with that, but then the falafel should be $3 instead of $7.50). Hummus lovers both, we had the hummus as an appetizer. It was absolutely flavorless (except for the strong tahini flavor) and probably one of the worst restaurant hummuses we've ever had. The consistency was weird too, a bit dry. The main entree that we ordered was one of their so-called Pitzas, a pita bread crusted small pizza. This too was lacked any distinct flavors, was skimpy on the toppings, and measured about 8 inches in diameter, and was over-baked. Unfortunately, their Pitzas cost from $9-$14, all for this small size.
Overall, the service (even after the seating fiasco) was ridiculously bad...almost as if from the start they didn't need our business and knew it. And there are so many cuter places with better food at lower prices in the East Village, I don't know how this one can get away with treating people that way and having basically no disinctive decor. If you want better hummus, go to nearby Cafe Mogador (my favorite hummus around), for better pizza, that's a bit larger and about the same price, go to nearby Lil' Frankie's, and for better service, go to a subway ticket vendor or the DMV.
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