101 St Marks Pl # 1, New York, NY 10009
Open ⋅ Closes 12 AM
On my visit back home to NYC in October, my group and I met up with a friend of mine who is Moroccan, and she loves Café Mogador, especially their Sunday Brunch. Since I grew up on Lebanese food, and the foods are similar, she thought I would like it and she was right! Café Mogador has been a neighborhood eatery in the East Village since 1983 with a location in Brooklyn. They serve classic Moroccan food, and they bill themselves as drawing a “bohemian crowd”. I am a huge Eggs Benedict fan, so I have to try them whenever I go out for breakfast or brunch, and when in Rome…I had the Moroccan Benedict with spicy tomato sauce over poached eggs on an English muffin with Hollandaise.
As I am writing this now and remembering that dish, my mouth is watering. We also ordered blood orange mimosas, buttermilk pancakes, and I shared my Benny’s so I could taste the Middle Eastern Breakfast Mezze Platter complete with two eggs any style, we had ours scrambled, with hummus; tabouli, a salad with chopped parsley, mint, tomatoes, lemon juice and bulgar wheat; Arabic salad with lettuce, red onions and tomatoes in a flavorful dressing, warm pita bread covered in Zahtar spice, and a toasted baguette with strawberry jam. We thought it was going to be a mini baguette but instead, it was a loaf of bread. Everything was absolutely delicious, and we devoured it all, no crumb of anything was left uneaten.
Café Mogador’s indoor dining is small and while they also have an outside patio, it was still not enough room for the crowd of nearly 30 people waiting in line. When we left there was over an hour wait and because the food is that good, everyone was willing to wait…and it was cold that morning!