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Tagine Dining - 29 Reviews - 221 West 38th St., New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 564-7292

Tagine Dining

221 West 38th St. (at 40th Street)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 564-7292
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Found this restaurant by chance and is now one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is tremendous. especially like the lamb borek and pheasant Bastilla and cannot go...


I tried this place for a pre-Broadway meal with a friend. We'd seen the reviews and decided to try Tagine anyway b/c I'd bought a $25-off certificate from Restaurant-com or somet...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/15/2013

\r I'm sorry I wish I dont have to put a star at all, if this website gave me that option. This is how horrible my experience was at this restaurant. I completely wasted my time and energy to experience what I thought would be ""Little Morocco."" I had came to this restaurant about 4 years ago at it's old location and it was a nice experience with the bellydancing and the ambiance but I have to say overpriced and even more overpriced now at the new location. I don't know where to begin but \r 1)Service was horrific, talk about the waitress/waiter didn't know the menu....seriously\r 2) Ordered Moroccan mint tea which im thinking its being made....had to ask again 20 minutes later to see what was the delay.....I received an apology and waited another 10 minutes and came to the point that I said forget it.\r 3) My boyfriend and I is trying to have a romantic dinner which the ambiance helped but the service SUCKED!\r 4)We were not serviced until 15 minutes later from our arrival to the restaurant, food was poor to fair not spectacular for the prices listed!\r 5)The salad we ordered was so plain and literally looked like someone tossed a batch of vegetables with no flavor, no spice and barely no meat. My boyfriend asked to add on chicken to the salad with cheese and other stuff and honestly 4 little pieces and no cheese added........this list could go on......the best part was that it was 15 dollars for something we didnt asked for......\r \r The truth is paying good money for a dish or drink never bothered me....but what is annoying is that the staff were rude....didnt know their own menu.....poor customer service.....gave us no attention.....biggest excuse was they had a party in the thinking its more than 10 people and no lie I only saw less then 10 at the VIP room.....My question is how to you run a restaurant around midtown stating that your backed up because theres a party of 10 ppl......honestly theres no kick this off the receipt had included gratuity for service for an invisible server...still until this day dont know our waiter/waitress! THE BIGGEST ADVICE DONT COME HERE, SAVE YOUR FAIR AND MONEY!\r \r more

food not so good and extremely pricey ! 7/24/2010

wow, i went there with a friend who wnated me to try a differnt moroccan restaurant ( I love moroccan food) and the restaurant was beautiful (set-up) but the food was just average and for such a small portion, the food was extremely pricey ! Was very disapointed and for sure i will never go back ! I'm gonna stick to my moroccan of choice : zerza. At least, the food there is reasonably priced and much much better. Pros: atmosphere Cons: priceyyyyyyyyy more

Best Moroccan in New York 1/19/2010

Found this restaurant by chance and is now one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is tremendous. especially like the lamb borek and pheasant Bastilla and cannot go wrong with any of the tagines. For dessert you should really try the Moroccan Cigarra - truly sinful. Their mint tea is a must try as well but if you don't like sweet tea - be sure to ask for unsweetened. The decor as well as the atmosphere is unique and eclectic. Interesting Moroccan music and belly dancing complete the experience making it a magical place. Its relaxed and enjoyable, not formal or stiff like the people you will meet. Definitely worth a try. more

Overpriced, overpriced, overpriced. Yeah, and not worth it. 9/17/2009

I tried this place for a pre-Broadway meal with a friend. We'd seen the reviews and decided to try Tagine anyway b/c I'd bought a $25-off certificate from Restaurant-com or something like that, and thought it would be a nice bite beforehand and way to try a new place. We ordered a tray of three mezzo appetizers ($18) that wasn't bad, but wasn't worth the $. She had a glass of Argentinian red wine the waitress suggested ($12), I had a bottle of Moroccan lager ($8) - both unremarkable. She ordered the lamb tagine ($23.75) which had decent texture but was incredibly bland; I had a pheasant pie (""Bastilla"" - $22.95) which came out delicious and sweet although smallish, an almond and confectioner's sugar-topped cross between baklava and a meatpie. The service was adequate, unlike that of some other reviewers here, although that may have been because we were the only diners in the restaurant shared by three staff at 7pm on a Thursday evening. The bill came to $80.30 even WITH the $25 off; they also included (get this) a built-in 25% tip!!! ($64.30 + $16 tip). The bill came with no mention of the included gratuity from the waitress or written on the credit card slip, but it did have a line for me to add a tip. For the food we got, I definitely do not intend to return. Too bad, as I live less than 4 blocks away. Pros: Decor, nice to have a upscale restaurant near Port Authority Cons: Price, bland food more

our large group was treated generously 6/22/2009

unlike the other reviewer, we booked a birthday for 20 diners and a larger party for drinks. We were seated immediately and I had spoken with Toni and organized a prix fixe family style dinner which was a great idea. The portions were large and generous. More importantly the cuisine, every dish, was absolutely mouthwatering yummy. The drinks were generous, strong and well priced as compared to other restaurant where I have hosted parties. The dancers were great fun and made sure we were given these jingly scarves. The service was great, and it was so helpful to have Toni hosting the party and directing every last detail, she also introduced the chef to us...sooo cute! We were given complimentary ROUNDS of shots and the bday girl received a bottle of Moroccan wine. I was so happy that I made the reservation and ignored the negative reviews...will return again and again. Thank you Tagine Pros: delicious food, generous drinks, comps, great service more

Extremely Pricey. Large Groups might get overpriced. 5/23/2009

I have been to this place 3 times. 1st two times took a friend and had a great time, we just went for a couple drinks and hookah (which are $25 each). My 3rd time I recommended it for my friend's Bday party. And service was not attentive, we were grossly overcharged! Be very careful and read your bill carefully if going in large groups. On our receipt we had 2 Watermelon martinis for $90, after my friend complained, a new receipt was generated which showed 2Watermelon martinis $60. Their menu said Watermelon martinis were about $14. We did not want to argue our bill, but all in all it was in the $450 dollar range for about 8people. I was a little embarrassed for my friends and the huge bill, since I had recommended this place. I am now hesitant to come again. After my last dissapointing visit. Pros: Cozy. Cool Atmosphere. Romantic Cons: Overpriced more

Lush environment & tasty food 6/23/2008

It is rare that in midtown Manhattan you will find a place which is able to remove you from the noise and stress associated with the heart of NYC. Tagine, however achieves this with ease. \r \r Their main dish (for which the restaurant is named after) is tasty and comes out sizzling with a great home-cooked taste. Be aware, since so much goes into preparing this dish it takes a bit of time to prepare. The lamb version is my favorite... the meat melts on your tongue and is so tasty you don't even dare to swallow it. \r \r Waiting for this dish is certainly worth it. Once you sit down, you loose yourself in comfort by sinking, and getting up is very hard. Thats ok though, as the service is snappy (and cute!).\r \r To top it off, the dancing is great, and when they have live music it'll be the only time you want to get on your feet and groove with the bellydancers. They have a very interesting list of special events as well.\r \r As far as I am concerned, this place is highly recommended. Perfect to get away from the stress and hustle & bustle of the city. An awesome place for a date as well. Pros: Ambience, home-cooked gourmet style foods, music, comfort Cons: Not a huge place, so large groups must make reservations or risk waiting a long time more

Excellent Dancer, mediocre food 3/1/2008

I had made reservations for Tagine for a friend's 49th birthday, interested in seeing a belly dance performance. The space is rather small and funky, but cozy, with lots of paintings on the walls and interesting lamps - in these days of upscale chic it was refreshing to experience a more eclectic environment - more like 1970's-1980's East Village. A rather curt waitress/hostess seated us and gave us menus. We were promptly given water and then our wine, but the appetizer took some time. When it did come it was very tasty, and, encouraged, we were looking forward to our entres. But the main course was extremely disappointing. Both dishes were rather bland, and (as it turned out) I was served something I did not order (since I didn't really know what to expect I didn't question it...). Given that the prices are not cheap (average was about $20.00 and the meal, with tip, for two was over $100) I had really expected something better. But the wine was good, and the belly dancer was great. The second waitress that served us was much friendlier (which helped), but I think if I am ever inclined to return I would just stick to the appetizers and wine and pass on the main course. Pros: atmospheric, great dancer Cons: pricey and mediocre food more

Budget Friendly, It Is Not! 8/19/2007

I will start by saying that this restaurant was surprisingly small. I was there to attend a birthday celebration that had a guest list of about 20. Entering the restaurant, I was concerned that the cozy environment wouldn?t sufficiently accommodate such a large party. Luckily none of us had to eat out on the sidewalk or in the kitchen. \r The next bit of shock came when we took a look at the menu. This place is pricy! And although the food was okay, the portions were pretty small.\r Things perked up a bit when the belly dancers began to perform. Incredible performances! Very enjoyable! However, you will be charged a cover fee of about $5 per person for the experience. I don?t think this bit of information is mentioned on the online menu. \r Overall, it was an okay experience. Although I don?t think I will be returning anytime soon.\r Pros: Personable wait staff Cons: Small, pricy, added fees more

Entertainment, good food. 8/15/2007

The food here is pretty good, it is different, if you aren't into trying new things, this may not be the place for you. chicken was very tender and well cooked, comes in a tagine (cone shaped) p*t.\r entertainment is great, have belly dancers.\r this place is quite pricy, but definitely worth a visit. Pros: Food , Entertainment. Cons: Cost. more

Great Service and Food 8/3/2007

I just held a surprise party and it was fabulous. From my first meeting with Toni (which included a food tasting!) to confirming the menu and drinks everything went smoothly. She didn't mind me calling several times to ask a variety of questions. The space was great - the service terrific! We ended up using the downstairs area - it was extrmely comfortable with the different seating areas. At first I was unsure how people would react to the bellydancing however, it ended up being one of the highlights of the evening. There was even someone available for henna tatoos. The food was great - everyone enjoyed their meal. We truly had a fabulous and memorable evening! I would highly recommend Tagine- either for an evening out or a special event. more


I normally don't write reviews but we recently had a wedding catered by Tagine, and I wanted to send out a message to cyberspace on the superb cuisine, styling, decoration and service from this establishment, which is undermarketed. We had 200pp at my country house where we have typically used your run of the mill catering establishment in the past. This time around, we decided to try something a little exotic but not too intimidating for our guests. Tagine, ( the owners requested I don't use their names) was great from price points, accomodating different tastes, vegetarian options, and offering some simpler dishes for our naive guests. They invited us for a FREE TASTING!! Who does that in NYC in 2007. Completely FREE no tricks, no scams! They came to see our home prior to the event, and were extremely responsive over 8mos up to the big day. They pulled through even though some guests arrived late and we had to make some adjustments to the table settings and courses. They provided the entertainment, the live musicians, dj, all of which were extremely well managed. The servers were professional, friendly, and extremely energetic. The food was absolutely spectacular, generous portions, the flavors were amazing!! Fresh tasting, not overly spiced and not salty! Even our naive guests loved the authentic Moroccan dishes. One of the most important features was their after party clean up. Everyone, including one of the owners, stayed until every inch of the kitchen and prep facility was cleaned, including the outdoor area. I would recommend this establishment as a facility for any catered event. Don't let the small size of the restaurant fool you, I hope one day they can have a larger restaurant space, but for now, go and experience this great place, your tastebuds will be very very happy. Pros: SPECIAL EVENTS, QUALITY INGREDIENTS, GREAT CUISINE, FRIENDLY SERVICE Cons: a little small, sometimes need more staff, late night more

A Midtown Gem 7/9/2007

We had reservations somewhere else on 9th Avenue, but they overbooked, so we began walking south on 9th and came across a lovely hostess outside of this unassuming exterior, but the music sounded great, so we entered, and all I can say is WOW! We were promptly seated by this smiling young hostess/waitress, and immediately given water ( which is rare in NYC) and delicious fluffy bread with some sort of dip. We actually ordered another lentil dip, it was so refreshing as compared to the over marketed hommous in other middle eastern restaurants. The service was a little slow, but the place was so busy for its size, and we were informed that the tagines and house specialties take a while because they are cooked to order. The atmosphere was charming and comfortable and the entertainment including bellydancing, was so much fun, everyone was up and dancing. The tagines were so fragrant, they infuse the entire restaurant with an entrancing aroma. Your mouth is simply watering up until the dramatic service of these small clay pots, wafting perfume of aromatic spices, and chicken or lamb, we we thrilled with our menu choices. Our party also received a free hookah, and two rounds of drinks were delivered compliments of the house to our table, as well as other tables. We will be back for their sangria tasting night on Thursday and we have already told friends about this hidden cozy and under recognized jewel of a restaurant. Best dishes Bastilla, Mixed Mezze, Lamb Tagine Casablanca, Classic Chicken Tagine, Kefta Tagine, Lamb Borek, Vegetable Borek, Chicken Meisel, Merguez Cous Cous Pros: Cuisine, Entertainment, Friendly Staff, No Upselling, Relaxed Atmosphere Cons: Service a little slow, tables close together more

Awesome Moroccan Place with Delicious Juicy Entertainment 5/22/2007

I have been to Tagine many times so far and each visit was more fun than the previous one. The dishes are delicious, BEST MEAT IN MANHATTAN. I used to go to expensive Steak-houses, where you get charged $40 for a T-bone steak, (yet doesn't taste anything) before discovering Tagine. Very friendly waitstaff and managers. Whenever I am at Tagine with my friends, I run into a very diverse crowd. Another reason that I adore the place, since I am a nightperson, is because they are open late and the kitchen stays open. The entertainment show is diverse as well; from Arabic, Middle Eastern and Turkish music to African and Brasilian music. \r The cute and hot bellydancers deserve a seperate paragraph here. You HAVE TO see them. In one word, my FAVE PLACE. Thank You!!!! Pros: Hot Bellydancers, Open LATE Night, Friendly waitstaff Cons: Sometimes the food takes a long time more

Best Moroccan Cusine and Entertainment 5/22/2007

I waited a while to write this review since places in NYC change so frequently, you can go to a place once or twice, and by the third time everything that attracted you in the first place has vanished. NOT SO with TAGINE, this place has been consistent for at least the two years I have been patronizing. I recently had a huge birthday party there, and as usual, the management was accomodating, flexible in their menu choices, decorating and drink specials! We had over 100 people and the owner/manager, Marisa, gave us free champagne at the end of the night and a bottle of Moroccan wine for the birthday boy. \r The food is exquisite, and their Sangria, the rose and red are delicious and STRONG. The entertainment goes well beyond bellydancing, it includes folkloric and world music performers to boot. And just a small correction, although you can eat with your hands if you like, Moroccans do utilize flatware, however, you can certainly transform their delicious homemade semolina bread into a utensil, Yummy ! \r Pros: Authentic Cuisine, late night parties and dining Cons: small bar, parking more

Wonderful Belly Dancing! 1/15/2007

We went to Tangine this past Friday and had a lot of fun. The entertainment (Belly Dancing) was so much fun and different. We needed something different! The food was okay, we both got lamb dishes...very meaty tasting. If we go again, will order chicken or vegetarian dishes. The appetizers were delicious. The potato croquettes were fabulous! Service was average. May go again and try to smoke a Hookah. Pros: The Atmosphere was very a good way! Cons: Somewhat small more

Ambient, Intimate, and Delicious 12/26/2006

The moment you walk into Tagine you know that you are in for an interesting night. It will either be unfortunately empty: the gorgeous stained glass lanterns hanging in solitude, the berber woman in a large mural looking at you seductively; or, it is packed with celebrating patrons. Never have I been to a restaurant where the patrons dance as vigorously and sexily as the hired entertainment. You'll sit down, best to bring dates (Moroccans eat their food with their hands, so sensual) or a large group of friends (ordering dishes to share is great when nothing will disappoint you). The custom drinks, especially the Sangria, are amazing. The appetizers and food are the best Moroccan cuisine in the city, hands down. The homemade sausages, potato croquettes with spicy mayo, chicken meisel, and lamb tagine are my particular favorites. Sometimes, the entertainment and lounge atmosphere will distract you from ordering, but I always like to eat when I drink. The crowd is diverse- from Moroccans dancing as if they were at home, to theatre-goers, to young people dressed in glitter tops and converse. No matter who you are or who you're with, Tagine will get you dancing. Friday and Saturdays are best for the party atmosphere, for a more intimate evening, you should go during the week for wine and finger food over dim lighting and lush pillows. Oh yeah, and the dessert... decadent. Think almond paste cookies drizzled with honey and dark chocolate. My boyfriend and I almost fainted. Tagine will make a lasting mark on your brain and tastebuds. Pros: food, atmosphere, people Cons: sometimes empty more

. 8/5/2006

Please tell me how someone can get away with charging 20 dollars a plate for food that is dry and small and service that is slow.? more

? 7/25/2006

The service was so slow. It took forever to get my food and when I did get it I couldnt start eating because there wasnt even silverware on my table. It took a good ten minutes to flag down my waitress! Overpriced considering you can get better service and atmosphere anywhere in the city for a much better deal ! more

too pricey 6/25/2006

Slow service, ok food, way too overpriced! Not the best of Morocco, thats for sure. Thankfully they had belly dancing or I would have walked out. more
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  • Lively, colorful Moroccan restaurant and downstairs lounge features regional wines, belly dancing, nightly live entertainment and art on display.

  • 2/15/2009 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Monday 12 pm -2 am Tuesday 12 pm-2 am Wednesday 12 pm- 2 am Thursday 12 pm -2 am Friday 12 pm- 2 am Saturday 12 pm-2 am Sunday 12 pm-2 am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Garment District, Midtown