Mon-Fri, 6pm-11pm; Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 11:30am-midnight
B, C at 86th St.; 1 at 86th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
66th St. to 96th St., Central Park West to West End Ave.
This venue is closed.
With its votive-lit walls, provocative house music, upstairs-downstairs lounges and pillow-laden dining banquettes, Loft beckons from a neighborhood weak on alluring boites. Columbus Avenue isn't strong on chef-driven menus, either, and this restaurant's fine-tuned, amply-seasoned fusion-Moroccan cuisine, courtesy of Spice Market alum Micah Maughn, has quickly attracted a following. An appetizer-heavy menu proffers cocktail-friendly snacks with a North African spin. Crackly, cumin-dusted flatbread is topped with cured ham and figs or lamb and hummus, tuna tartare is brushed with scarlet harissa pepper oil, and chicken satay is served with multi-spice ras al hanout sauce. Satisfying larger plates include couscous-based stews theatrically presented in cone-topped earthenware tagine crocks from Morocco. Loft's must-try dessert is a flourless chocolate cake flavored with curry. (It works.) The most enticing drink is a bracing ginger-puree martini. (It works all too well.)Brunch
Sat.—Sun., 11:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.