2210 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY | Directions 1002640.806383 -73.953716
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 2am;Sat. - Sun. 11am - 4am
Neighborhoods: Harlem, Uptown
Moca was good now its terrible – The management in Moca terrible. How are you going to kick out a person for wearing a armless sweater. I mean a sweater. I was a loyal customer. I dropped a lot of money on Moca mainly because it was a Black business. But they could care less. The bar staff is great. But the management is terrible. In this bad economy I can definitely spend my money where it is appreciated.
Avoid at all costs...there are better places – I went to Moca on a Thursday evening for a friend's birthday. I arrived there at 6:30 and it was freezing outside so I asked for a cup of tea, which was on the menu. I was told by the bartender that they "didn't serve tea at night." The sun was still out! And besides it was freezing and also people do drink tea with their dinner. It wouldn't have been so hard to boil some water, put it in a cup and hand me a tea bag. Ridiculous. When my friend and her friends arrived, we were seated in a cramped area. The place is tiny and doesn't make much good use of its space. Instead of putting tables in the middle of the place, they put them on the edges and try to have a make-shift dance floor in the middle. Regardless, I had some fish which was pretty good. But I bought my friend a cake and we were told that if they served us the cake that I HAD BOUGHT outside the resturant, they'd have to charge us $25. So we asked for some plates and said we'd serve ourselves. We were brought plates but we were told that if we cut the cake OURSELVES and served OURSELVES, they'd STILL charge us $25! Needless to say we didn't cut the cake in that resturant. Go here if you want bad service and don't want to drink tea when it's cold outside.
Needs Work – Ridiculously rude door man. Apparently, theres a rule that you cant come in with a hooded coat -- if you're a guy. Being that it was 13 degrees in New York night, it was a appropriate and necessary for my male companion to cover his head. The doorman (because thats what he is) disagreed and didnt express that fact to us even after standing in line for 15 minutes, did I mention it was 13 degrees. Mind you plenty of less well dressed women with hooded coats galavanted around. It seems like this would be a nice location, but too bad for the poor customer service, I will not be coming again and advising others to do the same. Also, there is nothing listed on their website about a dress code policy. Professionalism and better treatment of possible patrons would be nice.
An Open Letter to Harlem's Moca Lounge – After going on your website, I was immediately intrigued and wondered why I hadn't heard of your venue before. Best of all, BLACK-OWNED and operated. I decided to check out Classic/Erotic Poetry night first, which would make sense since I'm a poet too.
Imagine my surprise when I was refused entry due my head being covered. It would have been nice to have been alerted about this policy before having made the trip from Brooklyn; nowhere on your website is there a stated dress code. I suppose I'm to conclude that any brother (or perhaps sister, though I'm thinking a traditional double standard is in effect) deeply into Rastafarianism or Islam or Judaism may as well forget about enjoying a relaxed evening among black brethren at your establishment.
What I'm really lamenting is your charge to be the "premiere lounge," that it ultimately excludes the actual folk who are key in making it a real success. Your policy is indicative of Harlem's recent sanitization. By alienating the very poets, the artists, the expressionists of the culture who seek out potential bastions such as yours in order to meditate or be inspired by like minds and energy simply because of so small a matter as a head covering, it causes me to wonder who exactly your intended clientele is supposed to be. Because standing at the door, being told I was not allowed to express MYself, it didn't feel like it was me. And any excitement I had about Moca was drained there and even moreso during the long ride back to Brooklyn.
Because this could be the best weekly poetry event I've ever attended. Or the absolute worst. And this could be the best lounge I've ever been to, the best gathering of black folk, the place where I've easily been inspired the most, met the most gifted and beautiful black brethren. But I have no way of knowing. Or, at this point, of even caring.
And that's the sad part.
COOL AND CALM – I wnet to Moca Lounge on Saturday, April 5 celebrating my birthday, which was on April 6. My best friend took me here to celebrate. I had the time of my life! The service was fabulous and the drinks were off the hook! The food was delicious! The atmosphere was cool and calm! The DJ was htting! This is definitely the place to be if you want to have some fun! If you're tired of the usual club scene, the Moca Lounge is the place to be! I'm not sure what oungeone of the other reviewers was at, with the plastic cups and boxed wine, but it sure wasn't Moca Lounge! Every drink I had was in a proper glass and the service was impeccable! Shavonne did her thing! I will definitely be going back and recommending this spot to who ever will listen!
GREAT FOR SMALL BIRTHDAY GROUPS, GREAT SERVICE, HIP SPOT, HOT MUSIC and GREAT FOOD! – MOCA is very hip and trendy. It is black owned, actually Jamaican owned. You will get a dose of the hottest R&B, Hip Hop and Reggae at MOCA. I absolutely loved it. I saw the review about being served drinks in plastic cups, NOT ONE OF MY DRINKS WERE IN ANYTHING BUT A glass. I took my best friend here on 4-5-08 and she loved it! I recommend you get to MOCA by 9:30 pm or 10 pm if you want to get a seat (at the lastest) otherwise you will be standing and MOCA fills up quick- Shortly after 10 pm you can barely see the floor. The DJ was so good. There were a lot of the people celebrating birthdays on April 5th and 6th and the DJ kept making personal birthday shout-outs all night. The food was good. I would suggest the catfish fingers, or the moca tier sampler. If you do not eat ribs, they will substitute the ribs with some other appetizers. The portions are huge. I did not try the entrees, but the appetizers were great. The sweet potato fries seemed to be a huge favorite with people sitting around. I had a lot of conversations with "Heather" before coming to MOCA. She is so nice and helpful. She encouraged me to try MOCA and I am glad I did.
Friday and Saturday nights are the best nights to go. If you can request "Shavonne" as your server. She was so nice, and she was on top of her game. We were seated quick. Our drinks came quickly, and our food too. I prefer partying uptown. MOCA is like The DEN in Harlem too. You will not be disappointed with MOCA!!
Like a cheerleader...fun to look at, very friendly, but otherwise useless, and can't cook – Moca has a great room. Very cozy and hip. The staff is always friendly, fast, and overall great.
But that's where it all ends.
Drinks are served in plastic cups. The wine selection (if you can call it that) is awful -- perhaps it's all boxed wine. The whiskey is watered-down.
Food is undercooked, and doesn't taste good. Be ware of the sliders, unless you like intestinal discomfort -- I've just learned that my girlfriend is the 3rd person in our building to get dreadfully sick after eating the sliders at Moca -- and that's just in my BUILDING!
If you're looking for a hip spot w/ character, while staying in the neighborhood, you should try Native (2 blocks to the east on Malcolm X -- GREAT food/drinks/staff/atmosphere) or Minton's Playhouse 1 block over (who doesn't have food, but at least had the foresight to buy drink glasses that are actually made of GLASS.)
Cool atmosphere, strong drinks, beautiful people (usually) – Moca is a cool, upscale bar uptown, which can be hard to find. The food has gotten a lot better (try the yam fries), but what you really go here for are the strong drinks, great music, and 25-35 social scene. It's a great hang out, especially just before or after clubbing.
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