1. Le Figaro Café
Live music and dancing are the special every Sunday night at this Village
coffeehouse. Order a latte, and don’t be shy: Audience participation
184 Bleecker Street; 212-677-1100.
2. Chez Es Saada
Dancers snake up and down the rose-petal-strewn staircase at this Moroccan
restaurant and lounge each weekend. Our advice: Skip dinner and head
straight for the basement bar.
42 East 1st Street; 212-777-5617.
3. Le Souk
The male belly dancer is fetching, but the North African food is the true
star: The citrus-prune lamb tagine will send you to a state of euphoria.
Order a hookah for the table once you clean your plates.
47 Avenue B; 212-777-5454.
4. Tagine Dining Gallery
A highlight of Ninth Avenue’s international-food strip, Tagine adds a
tummy twirl to every pheasant pie, Thursdays through Saturdays. And there
are more types of couscous on the menu than rings on the dancers’
537 Ninth Avenue, at 40th Street; 212-564-7292.
Thursday night is always a belly-baring party at this West Side hot spot.
Stay by the bar for a Turkish beer, or order a döner kebab in the
velvet-tented dining room.
2637 Broadway, at 100th Street; 212-665-9541.