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Where to find Moroccan wine in NYC?

xerg | Mar 2, 2009 12:50 AM

I moved to Manhattan from Marrakesh a little over a month ago and I'm becoming increasingly worried that it won't be nearly as easy as I thought it would be to find Moroccan wine in town. Granted, I've mostly only searched in my local liquor and wine stores in Chelsea/Meatpacking thus far.

Is there a better neighborhood or even just one store that stocks the larger Moroccan names (Cuvee President, S de Siroua, Ksar, etc.)? Actually, I'd be happy with pretty much anything as long as it's from the Maghreb. Even though I'm not Moroccan and only lived there for a few years, I'm feeling intensely homesick for the place of late... A little vin du pays would go a long way toward salving that.

I know that it has to be available -somewhere- in New York since I've found instances of some of the more swish Moroccan vintages in Minneapolis' higher end wine shops. If it's getting to MSP, it's probably coming through here en route!

While I'm here I'd also love it if someone could advise me as to where the best poulet citron [preserved lemon, chicken and olive] tajine can be found. I'm also very curious to discover where "little Morocco" may be if there is such a thing. While I'm open to suggestions of mid to high end restaurants, I'm most interested in finding an area that contains a number of small, unpretentious hole in the wall joints if there is such a place.

Thanks in advance for any input!

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