Thursday, February 19, 2015

Casablanca now serving hookahs and French-Moroccan cuisine on East 3rd Street



Casablanca opened last week at 189 E. Third St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

The restaurant-lounge with French-Moroccan cuisine replaces the rather short-lived Lumiere.

Gothamist got a sneak preview. And among their observations:

[Chef Wesley] Wobles's menu features an excellent Hummus Mezze platter as well as a very tasty wild mushroom ravioli entree with roasted garlic cloves, spinach and cognac. You'll also find a Lamb Moussaka with layered eggplant and sliced potatoes and pan seared monkfish with ginger saffron broth, among other savory items.

And!

The decor, which alludes to the classic Bogart-Bergman movie after which the establishment is named, feels a bit haphazard and scattershot, but there's something a little refreshing about a new East Village bar/restaurant that doesn't come fully loaded with an overwrought aesthetic Concept.

And in case any undercover NYU students are wondering, Casablanca's hookah menu is reportedly tobacco and nicotine free.

Casablanca is open every day for lunch noon to 4 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I nominate this place for worst storefront in the EV, can I get a second?

Anonymous said...

What do you legally smoke in a hookah if not tobacco?

Anonymous said...

You got it.

Anonymous said...

Worst storefront? Why? I've always loved the facade here, it's so much more interesting and imaginative than most places in the area.

Hookah -> Benzene -> Leukemia (Restaurant Review In The Works) said...

Somehow this post of mine ended up in the "Tenant Harassment Protection Task Force" thread instead of the "Yet Another Hookah Joint Stands to Make Money By Delivering Benzene to College Kids' Lungs" thread. Please don't ask what I've been smoking, that's not polite.

Well, here it is again, hopefully in the correct thread this time ..

While the "hookah menu" may be "tobacco and nicotine free", it is loaded with the carcinogen benzene which is a byproduct of the combustion of the charcoals that keep the hookah mixture burning.

As noted in the first link below, "Benzene is a human hematotoxicant and a leukemogen that causes lymphohematopoietic cancers, especially acute myelogenous leukemia."

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/11/11/1055-9965.EPI-14-0576.abstract

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285850.php

https://www.toxicology.org/pr/Hookah_HowDangerous.pdf

EV Grieve said...

@ Hookah -> Benzene -> Leukemia (Restaurant Review In The Works)

I removed the comment from the other post!