We ended up walking to Cafe Baraka and got a table no problem at 8pm. It was my first time there (finally!) and I thought the food was great, but it didn't blow me away in comparison to other N. African food I've had. But I will most certainly enjoy going back and trying other things. Has anyone ordered the bastilla 36-hours in advance? I wonder if that's because they use squab and not chicken?
Ordered the small plates of spicy carrots (whole, not pureed), merguez (with a wonderful gravy), roasted eggplant and a plate of cheese and figs. Flatbread came with the food, but oddly we were only given one. Then we noticed that a new batch came out of the kitchen and all we had to do was ask. We were offered more later in the meal, but it wasn't necessary. We also ordered two salads of mixed lettuces and endive topped with a lemon vinagrette, herbs, green onions and the tastiest little chickpeas - flavored with harissa-type seasoning and tasting as if they were lightly fried (?) Add in two of the rosewater lemonades and our bill was only $32 incl. tax. The most expensive thing I saw was a sea bass special for $17.
Reports here of spotty/slow service are certainly true, but it's homey and so (for me) forgiveable. Just don't go hungry. A friend suggested that it was the perfect place to go in order to catch up with an old friend.
Topped off the evening with pints of Boddingtons at The Field.