N, R at Prince St.; 6 at Spring St.
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Tucked up a flight of stairs and behind Lounge, the boho-chic clothing shop, this Moroccan restaurant feels alluring and elusive. People trickle in at all hours — for glasses of fragrant mint tea, tramezzini on Sullivan St. bread, or decadent Payard pastries — but nighttime suits the place best. Rose petals and flickering candles scent and soften the landscape of white leather cushions and imported brass tables; giant round filigreed lamps hang like ripe fruit from the linen-draped ceiling. On one wall, Bergman and Bogie's love story plays in an endless loop. Modern-day lovers linger at the bar over cocktails spiked with blood oranges and strawberries; the restaurant obliges, sometimes staying open on weeknights into the wee hours. Perfect for tete-a-tete sharing, tapas come in tiny ceramic bowls and favor regional staples — tangy eggplant puree, chickpea salad, and merguez sausage. Warm briouats, flaky phyllo triangles packed with silky-smooth goat cheese and roasted peppers, are a particular treat. Of the few entrées, tadjine, a fatty lamb shank made subtly sweet by coriander, apricots, and prunes, is immensely satisfying. Less so is the hefty bastilla, an artfully twisted phyllo pie of mildly seasoned shredded chicken.Recommended Dishes
Chicken bastilla, $18, briouat, $9, lamb tadjine, $24