Walk down St. Mark’s Place in West Village and if you see a bunch of people waiting patiently on the pavement for a table, you’ll have found Cafe Mogador. Family owned and operated since 1983, the restaurant has built a reputation as a New York establishment through word of mouth – with its Moroccan and Middle Eastern menu of olives, tabbouleh, falafel, baba ganoush and hummus doing most of the talking.
The garden-level restaurant with its exposed brick walls seem to counter the season outside – cool in the summer, warm in the winter. It’s a great space to enjoy a menu of spicy dishes, unless the weather is warm, in which case the tiled terrace – characteristic of Marrakech or Casablanca (if you squint) – is perfect for eating outside.
Frequently rated the best brunch in East Village, the Mogador burger (Moroccan spices, pickles, Grafton cheddar) is a unique twist on the typical hamburger you could get anywhere else. The spot is always crowded, and brunch is no exception. If you’re willing to wait, put your name in for a table and take a walk around Tompkins Square Park. It’s worth it.