Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Babouche Restaurant & Lounge
2 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.677550 -73.979563
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
The Terrible Service (Manager) Ruined my 30th Birthday! – I reserved the lounge at this place to celelbrate my 30th birthday 3.5 weeks in advance. The week of my birthday, they called me to say that the manager that made my reservations didn't know what he was doing, and was fired. They said I had to garuntee a minnimum of $3000 for my dinner and that they could only do a prix fixe menu of $55- literally 3 days before my birthday, after I had invited 20 people and given them a complete different impression! This is wrong. Their compromise was to bring the minnimum garuntee to 1,000- but that was b.s. b/c if each person is forced to do a $55 prix fixe, the total would be the same, but they wouldn't budget on this point. plus, they were very snooty (even thought they were the ones in the wrong), like they were doing me a favor and very unorganized. it took me calling several times after i made my reservation to have a menu sent to me so i could pick some apps for my guests. each time i called for the menu, they had to make my reservation all over b/c they couldn't find it in their system!! in the end, i took my party to cedrillon (in the neighborhood) and had a great time.
WORST SERVICE/MANAGEMENT EVERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – My friends and I found this place after shopping and we thought it looked cool, so we went in. The decor was so unique, it was like a movie set or something. The food was OK. The drinks were great, albeit pricey. BUT the service was about the worst I've had in NYC. The manager was CRAZY. She was incredibly RUDE, unwelcoming, and she acted like we were inconveniencing her by being there!! We spent a lot of money in there too - so we couldn't figure out what the hell her problem was. We literally thought she must have been high or something. We finished our dinner, went to Angelika theater. After the movie, we decided to go back for few drinks. The door was closed but people were still inside. The WACKO manager came out saying "closed for staff party". I've read the other reviews on here and they all say the same thing - everything about the place is great except the service and management. That's too bad, because it's a place I'd like to frequent.
Great Morrocan food – Fantastic Morrocan food! Had the Poulet - great blend of sweet and savory. Definitely have the mint tea. Beautiful decor with belly dancers at 9PM.
Simply...Great. – We (a group of 6) decided to check this newer SOHO place out on a recommendation from a friend. Babouche didn't disappoint . The decor was spectacular and the low chairs/couches filled with pillows were surprisingly comfortable. The staff was exceedingly helpful and friendly (not to mention plentiful). The one thing that exceeded all the rest, however, was the food. We opted to start with several appetizers and share them. The tuna tartar was our collective favorite, but the hummus ranks among the best I've had. The cigares de crevette were very good and the salad with octopus (which was VERY tender) pleasantly surprised those who hadn't had octopus before. We ordered the Pastilla au poulet as an app - the cinnamon and sweet flavor probably ranked as our group's second favorite.
We decided to share the entrees as well and ordered a variety for the table. Ordinarily, I'd save the best for last, but the lamb shank was so good it deserves to be front and center. The lamb melted in your mouth with a rich flavor that harmonized well with the spices in the sauce. Also worthy as a favorite was the Couscous Royale. The couscous was light, fluffy and flavorful - and the meat and vegetables were equally good.
We didn't have much room for dessert, but the goat cheesecake was unique twist to an old favorite and the rich chocolate brownies were very popular with the ladies. I highly recommend the moroccan mint tea. It is light, sweet, minty and a refreshing way to end a great meal. The rose water splash for your hands is also a refreshing way to end the evening.
We highly recommend arriving early or on time for your reservation - as this place is becoming very popular and fills quickly. It is spacious enough not to feel cramped though. This is one place you can feel confident about recommending to anyone who can appreciate different cultures and cuisines. Book reservations early though because there is about a week lead time.
Hottest moroccan get away in NYC – i have just finished reading the reviews for this restaurant and decided to visit this place. i took a few friends with me and we were aw'ed by the decor. it was beautiful. the hostess was friendly and quickly showed us to our seats. we decided to go upstairs and look down onto soho while we ate.our waiter was pleasant and eager answer our questions.which we had plenty of since we didnt really know to much about moroccan cuisine. we decided to order couscous ,tagines and mediterrean salads...the found was incredible...although at times it did get loud and hectic it was a fun place to eat in. the staff was friendly , the decor was out of this world ...great place for the weekends...or a first date...or a group of friends to meet up and have a good time like we did...i totally recommend this place if ur looking for a good tiime with ur food
Rudest Staff; Worst Service – I went to Babouche this past Friday night for a friend's birthday. When I first called to make the reservation, the person who answered the phone took my number/name and said someone would call me back. No one called me so the next day I called again. They took my reservation for 8:30PM. Later that day someone else calls me back and says 8:30PM won't work and that they only had either 8PM or 10PM. I asked why and they said they had a large party at 10PM- I responded that it didn't make sense that their 10PM was open then since they obviously would not be able to accomodate us. The lady said "uuuuh ok forget it keep it at 8:30PM" and hung up. On Friday it was utter confusion. We arrived and there was no hostess. We stood about for some time then someone told us to go to the 2nd Floor. We went upstairs and the waitress asked why we were there. We told her someone else told us to go there and she said nastily "well you can look but i don't think so". So we went back down where finally we saw a hostess and told her about our reservation. We had to wait at the crowded bar/entrance area for about 15 mins. There was another fiasco with a friend sitting on a chair and a busboy telling her to "get up". After that we were pretty fed up and just left. NEVER GO HERE. The staff is unprofessional, rude, and the service is unreliable. I don't care how cute it looks inside, decor does NOT make up for that attitude.
This place has HORRIBLE service. My friends and I (reservation for party of 8) arrived to no hostess and stood awkwardly by the crowded front door until the hostess finally arrived and shoo'ed us to their second floor. Then the second floor hostess didn't even know where to seat us and told us to go back down to the first floor. The first floor hostess then told us to wait by the bar for 15 minutes with attitude even though we complained we had reservations and it was for a friend's birthday. THIRTY minutes later one of the waiters told my friend to "GET UP." from the chair she was sitting on. Confused she got up, and he placed menus on the seat and walked away. She sat back down (ontop of the menus) and he came storming back tellin her to "GET UP" again with the utmost rudeness. My friend demanded to know why and he claimed they were tables. Even though they were right next to the front door and looked exactly like a bar stool. Ridiculous.
Do not go to this restaurant unless you want your night ruined by a rude and pretenscious staff. Luckily my friends and I had the sense to leave as soon as the waiter yelled at my friend for sitting. We crossed the street to Lure, a restaurant that served great food and knows how to treat their patrons.
Worst Management in NYC – We showed up early for our reservations, but was seated an hour and 20 mintues late. the hostess tried to be "nice" and offer us a round of drinks, but when by the time we were seated, she retracted offer and even pretended not to know what we were talking about!!!!! the manager was just as bad!!!. everyone was just rude and obnoxious. such a shame, as we'd never go back or remotely recommend this place to anyone! Don't bother with this place.
Chic Soho couscous house exports Moroccan style to Soho. – In Short
Soho becomes a chic casbah for shoppers and tourists at this transporting eatery tucked behind L'Occitane. Intricately woven carpets cover the floors and mosaic tiles decorate the walls, while wooden Moorish archways section off the lounge and dining areas of the bi-level space. The menu sticks to familiar Moroccan fare: hummus topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and olives, kefta tagine (a clay pot of beef meatballs, peas and artichokes) and, for dessert, a goat cheese cake.
A transporting Experience – You would never know that you are in NYC anymore. I have traveled to Morocco and eaten in the countries best known restaurants. Babouche is just as beautiful (if not more since you really appreciate the fact that Morocco came to NYC) than any of those places hidden in the alleys of Morocco's cities. The decor is for lack of a better word, outstanding. The food is good - could use some work - but I will grant them some leeway since they just opened and they are related to Barbes which has yet to fail in the gastronomical sense. I would suggest Babouche to those looking for an escape/transportation from real life or for those looking for romance.
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