I just recently visited NYC and found a fabulous little Moroccan restaurant called Zerza. It’s tucked away on Sixth Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues which is a street that I’d recalled in years past, had been mostly made up of Indian restaurants of which there are still quite a few. But Zerza caught my attention. With it’s enticing aromas (I love Moroccan food!) and cozy atmosphere I was transported back to Marrakech – a place that I’ve had the great fortune to visit – as soon as I walked through the door. With advice from the people at the table next to us (New Yorkers are the best!) I ordered the braised short rib with prunes and almonds and was not disappointed. The meat fell off the bone and the lovely sauce was to die for. I finished off dinner with some fig ice cream which was heavenly. One of the best things about this place, aside from the delicious food, is that the background music is truly in the background and there is not one TV in the place! If you’re ever near the East Village (or are willing to take a ride down there) I highly recommend Zerza – You won’t be disappointed.
Zerza Moroccan/Mediterranean Restaurant 320 East Sixth Street New York, NY 10003 212-529-8250
My Faves: Braised Short Rib and the cozy atmosphere