Sign In
Save to wishlist

Where to Find Traditional Moroccan Food in NYC

Picture of Nikki Vargas
Travel Editor
Updated: 3 November 2017
On the next episode of Culture Trip’s original series, Hungerlust, we head to midtown Manhattan to get a taste of traditional Moroccan cuisine at Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine.

Nestled on West 38th Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, you would hardly expect to stumble across a restaurant like Tagine. With its low hanging Moroccan lamps, Berber textiles, red lighting and cushioned seats, the Moroccan restaurant instantly transports you to the streets of Marrakech.

Tagine | © Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip
Tagine | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Founded by Toni Marisa Gallo and Chef Hamid Idrissi, Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine focuses on bringing a variety of authentic Moroccan flavors to Manhattan. Tagines are a classic Berber dish—likened to a savory stew—aptly named after the clay pot in which they are cooked. Traditionally combining vegetables with chicken, lamb or beef; a tagine is spiced with cumin, tumeric, cinnamon and saffron to give it its unique flavor.

Chef Hamid, who is originally from Khemesset in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains, has been in the United States for more than 30 years. With a father who is Arabic and a mother who is Berber, Chef Hamid’s cooking pulls from both influences, focusing on Moroccan flavors and the ancient spices still used by Berbers to this day.

Chef Hamid of Tagine | © Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip
Chef Hamid of Tagine | © Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

In this episode of Hungerlust, we meet with Chef Hamid to learn about the art of making tagine, Moroccan culture and what Morocco-bound travelers should know.

Catch up on Hungerlust and watch episode 1: Vietnam, episode 2: Thailand, episode 3: Colombia and episode 5: Ethiopia!