we went to the morrocan ZITOUNE in the meatpacking today for lunch and had an enjoyable meal. you get crusty french bread and olive bread rolls to start. my spouse ordered a tasty garbanzo-onion-raisin couscous. it came with a side of chicken broth to be ladled on as you wish. the dish was quite earthy and pleasant. she couldn't eat it all so took we it home and we have it tonight for a snack.
i had the house salad which was delicious. buttery greens, almonds, whole green olives and best of all, diced preserved lemon. fantastic. i wished for the harria soup, but they didn't have it today. so instead i had a rich pumpkin-carrot soup. it was nicely spiced and tasted like warm liquid pumpkin pie. very good but maybe a little too rich for me.
we finished with expresso-like morrocan coffees. what is the difference between this and turkish style coffee? anyone know?
service was wonderful. they pulled a table outdoors for us. great, great people watching area. cost was $33 w/o tip. i can't wait to return to try the tajines, b'steeya and the delicious (sounding) desserts. we were the only ones there until we were leaving so go for it they need the business.