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Le Souk

47 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 4th St.
212-777-5454

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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52% would go back.

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Overrated and Full of themselves

By Aarts on 12/2/2004

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I have been to le souk a couple of times and each time has been trying or downright miserable. Getting in is the first of all ordeals at this place. The bouncers are rude (and aggressive) and so are all the service staff who seem to think that people ought to be treated like dirt. The food sucks and they missed a couple of courses that we ordered and hurried us out. I hope this message gets out - noone should have to pay lots of money to be treated badly in this city. They are plenty of other places to go to.

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187 out of 331 people found this review helpful.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY -NOT WORTH IT!

By at366 on 12/4/2004

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I made reservations for five a week in advance, called three days later to confirm and they also called me to confirm. Never in these three points of contact was I told there was a NON-OPTIONAL PRI FIX FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE PARTY THAT COST $32-42 PER PERSON, which we only found out after we ordered drinks and had gotten settled. We told the manager that we were unaware of this and how one of us had come there before and not had this problem. She said it was non negotiable -we couldn't even just get four of these four course dinners -we had to each get one. We stayed against better judgment. There are many other parts to this story –a waitress accosting me to give her a good tip (can you believe this!), airplane like food, people licking each other on the restaurants indoor bed six inches from my face (literally). In the restaurants defense, I think this would be a fun place to go LATER in the evening for the loud booming music they play, décor, and the fact that you won’t have to interact with most of the HORRIBLY RUDE STAFF & expensive/iffy food.

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154 out of 312 people found this review helpful.

Discriminatory staff

By nakimushi on 10/27/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Read the 80+ other negative reviews of Le Souk on Citysearch for reasons not to eat there. My experience--Men beware: the bouncer would not let me join my friends inside because there were "already too many women." The female manager responded to my complaint by advising me to "bring a woman" next time I want to get in. How does a public restaurant get away with discriminating based on gender? In case this doesn't bother you enough not to go, the food is lousy and overpriced, and the service is slow and terrible.

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168 out of 295 people found this review helpful.

Le Yuck

By FreeRange on 11/15/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Three reasons not to go back to Le Souk - cockroach in water glass; hunk of undefined fish in my vegetable tagine (I'm a vegetarian and cared enough to ask whether it was vegetarian before I ordered); and finally despite the long and painful wait for the insipid food and the above-mentioned mishaps Le Souk didn't offer any sort of apology. Also, the 12% tip I left was not to the waitress's liking so she berated me loudly, telling me that the management doesn't pay at all, and that she subsists on her tips alone. I'd never patronize that place again. Oh, and the bathrooms are indescribably foul.

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150 out of 301 people found this review helpful.

I'd rather eat dirt!

By TOTO on 1/13/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

If there was an equivalent of the Rasberry awards for restaurants, le Souk would win the grand prize with a landslide. Expect one thing when you go to Le Souk for dinner: the worst service in town and horrible food. What a shame this place still exists! It gives Moroccan food bad rep! That is too bad because the decor is quite nice. The waitress was beyond rude to our party. After tiping her 10% (which was already too much considering the MISERABLE service with the worst attitude), she chased us down the street to ask for more! I am French (and so was she) and she probably thought I was a tourist. She told me that in NY, it is mandatory to leave a 20% tip at LEAST! People like that gives the French bad rep!

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horrible and disrespectful!!

By doubleD on 5/1/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We went with a large group of people, with reservations. They sat us two feet from the almost exploding speakers, the waiter was drunk and rude, they made us choose from only one side of the prix fix menu(there were two columns one semi-veggie)so everybody had to eat the same thing.The food took forever, and when it finally came, they brought three large bowls one with a handful of chops, the other two or three pieces of chicken, and another with a couple of weird unidentified small fish full of spines. This was supposedly for 15 people!! half the people didn't even get to eat!! We complained to the waiter who basically told us to suck it up, at last we went to the manager who agreed to refund a small amount of money. it was flat out robbery!!

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rodents and purse snatchers

By marcus on 12/22/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Our group brought both the flurry of rodents under table while dining and the 2 missing purses to the owner's attention. He made it quite clear he could care less. Too bad because the music was good. Service and food about average

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ABSOLUTELY NEVER AGAIN

By nairobi on 2/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I had my birthday party there on 1/27/08 and this was the worst.. Money spent: $1000 Staff: rude beyond belief. The so-called-manager, door woman, and waitress, coat check lady, need a crash course in customer service. From the door woman telling me " f-you", to the manager telling me " the door woman can do whatever she wants to do , and stop harassing her staff", and the waitress chasing us out of our table as I am cutting my cake even when I offered to buy a bottle to keep our bottle, never again. Even if you don't like people, pretend to do so. Advice: If you are coming to work, leave your problems at home. Lesson learned: NEVER GO BACK THERE AGAIN; and p.s. it's not the only hookah bar in nyc so the staff needs to stop acting like it is.

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157 out of 284 people found this review helpful.

an arab girl rates an arab restaurant

By Rahema on 7/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

If you want good middle eastern food, Le Souk is no longer the place to go. I don't know what happened, but when CANNED OLIVES (the black, sliced kind) show up on a plate on a middle eastern restaurant, that is your sign to get up and head for the door. I asked for real olives and guess what? there weren't any! My "skewers of lamb and chicken" weren't skewers at all - they were grilled lamb patty and a grilled breast of chicken. And the vegetable couscous? A hunk of plain couscous with some gigantic carrots plopped on top. Shame on you, Le Souk, for serving this crap and letting unwitting customers believe it's how it's REALLY DONE. I made some calls after this awful experience and heard a rumor that the morrocan chef had left. Regardless, I won't be back anytime soon. For a better experience try Moustache or Mamlouk - not Moroccan but a million times better.

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Never Again Would I Go to This Place...

By minileslie87 on 12/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

THIS PLACE IS NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY NOR TIME!!!

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