Veteran restaurateurs Antonin Brune and Mario Carta of Pardon My French and Nobody Is Perfect, have recently opened an upscale Moroccan restaurant quite unlike any in the city. Tucked away in a cozy corner of the East Village, Chouchou offers a modern take on a very precise Moroccan menu.
Moroccan born, Chef de Cuisine, Meryem Michra, cooks up delicious tagines along with beautifully presented plates of couscous. On first glance the menu may seem limited however each dish is accompanied by an assortment of seasonal starters and warm pita bread. We sampled devilled eggs, babaganoush, hummus, shakshuka, and harissa-spiced almonds.
The dishes at Chouchou are based off of family recipes which truly showcase the flavors of home. My favorite tagine was the Lamb where the meat was so tender; it literally fell of the bone. Couscous plates are accompanied by a choice of grilled meats including lamb chops, kefta, chicken and merguez (my favorite).
The space is elegantly rustic with arched ceilings and stone walls that create a really intimate feel. There is a wonderful selection of French wines and domestic and craft beers.
Do leave room for dessert. I can tell you that I have not had Moroccan pastries this authentic and delicious outside of Morocco. Chouchou is truly in a league by itself and a wonderful addition to New York City.
Here is some of what we ate:
Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own