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Le Souk

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(323 Reviews)

47 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

(212) 777-5454

Today: 4:00 pm - 4:30 am
Tomorrow: 4:00 pm - 4:30 am
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Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst place in NYC

I use to go to the old Le Souk all the time. It was great, people were very nice, the atmosphere was great, I've never had a bad time. Then last night my party and I went to the new location. Where should I start, there is nothing good about the new location. The atmosphere sucks, its nothing like the old place, big sausage fest, and the workers are stuck up and it make you feel like you're actually working for them. The coat check girls are absolute bitches. I dont mind paying $12 for a drink but when the bartender makes me feel like he's doing me a favor there is something wrong with this picture. This place is everything that is wrong with NYC nightlife. I am so disappointed in this place. There is no reason to ever go here.



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I got to hear-drop on a conversation between two waitress talking about their new much improved website and I couldn't help myself but to ask for the URL: thus, i'm sharing it with you...
www afridom net/lesouk-harem/

i love le souk-harem! try the chicken tanjine(?)



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best for Hookah, Dancing, and Dinner

I will miss this place. They always had a great vibe. The DJs with some of the best music, great food, fast and long lasting hookah, and a friendly staff and crowd. Everything came together in a large space that felt incredibly unique to New York. Le Souk will be remembered as a landmark that changed the neighborhood.

Whenever I think of hookah, I think Le Souk. Whenever I think belly dancing, I think of Le Souk. Whenever I think of the Alphabet City or even the Lower East side, I think of Le Souk. For me, Le Souk was the place to go for great food, belly dancing, and hookah.

They will surely be missed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
flat out disgusting

I attended as part of a group of about 20 this past weekend. We were seated in a back area which looked similar to a turkish prison and smelled of mold and mildew. We were told because of the group size we would have to order from a price-fix menu at $45 which is understandable; however 1 person in the group has food alergies and when asked the manager for a regular menu was told NO! The food was flat out disgusting - I was really surprised I didnt get sick from it. The main course - chicken breast looked and tasted like some cross between cat food and canned chicken. Dessert was never served and instead a check was brought to the table. Waitstaff barely spoke English and the service was poor. The entire place was filthy - the bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a week. Overall a terrible experience- i would never go back and neither should anyone else



Provided by Citysearch - 

I took my husband and some friends here for my husband's bday party tonight. When we walked in I was disappointed at how small the place was, as well as at the odor of cheap floor cleaner. The food was great and the waitress fiendly. However, I had to ask twice before someone brought a new coal for our houka pipe *shouldn't have had to ask at all); to top it off, there was NO BELLY DANCER---the very reason I had chosen the place. THe unapologetic manager told me she ust wasn't showing up. To top off a night of disappointment, when we ordered dessert, they had RUN OUT OF COFFEE. Can you imagine a Middle Eastern restaurant without coffee????? Embarrassing, to say the least, for the hostess of a party....



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I went to Le Souk on Saturday night with friends to celebrate a birthday. Even though we had an 8:00 reservation, and there were many tables available, we were told to wait at the bar until our table became available! They finally sat us down after 8:30 PM because we threatened to go somewhere else. One of the reasons we went to this restaurant was for the entertainment. They claim on their website to have belly dancers that perform at 8:30 PM. At the restaurant, we were told that the belly dancers performed at 9PM, but when they hadn't come on by 10:30, we decided to leave. Here's where it gets worse ---- a friend had purchsed a gift certificate that we intended to use that night; however, the waitress told us they don't accept gift certificates on the weekend. We told them we were never told that and asked where it said the gift certificates were not valid on the weekend. At that point, the waitress had the manager come over to explain to us that they make it very clear gift certificates are not valid on the weekend. We asked him to produce something that stated this fact, which he was unable to do. He then decided he would take our $200 gift certificate, but could not credit us for the difference - our bill was for only $130!!! So in the end, they screwed us out of $70!! One of my friends had been to the restaurant a couple of years ago and said they clearly don't draw the crowd they used to - wonder why...



Provided by Citysearch - 
No respect to their customers or their own employ

My friend had a ""going away"" party. We had about 21-25 people that day. When we showed up at the restaurant, there was this girl sitting by the entrance and informed us that the restaurant is under ""renovation"" and sent all of us their joined restaurant Horus Cafe 2 blocks away (this place should be called ""Horrible Cafe"" ). We later found out from our party organizer that Le Souk did not called her about this until 3 hours before the reservation. Which puts me into suspicion that they probably got ""shut down"" by the cit due to some sort of violation.
When we finally got through all the trouble going to the other location, we were greeted by a rude manager who insisted that we must wait at the bar until most of our party arrived. First of all, the bar was hardly a bar. it was only a 3 feet by 3 feet area. All of us were already annoying by the fact that we had to change location unannounced, and now we were forced to cramp at the bar even though we clear saw our tables are already set up. We should be buying drinks only if we feel like to, especially we already have reservation set with drinks. Finally, they sat us down after 80% of us showed up. The host of our party was the last to come since it was supposed to be a surprised party. While we were waiting (which was only about 10 min or so) the restaurant was being very inpatient and asked us if we were ready to order every other minute!
The party menu we ordered was a $45 per person family style set menu. The food was decent but it was definitely not worth $45 in terms of portion or selection(chicken, vegies, rice...etc.). The manager sported his same rude manor when some of us had to stand up to let some people going to the restroom, he stormed over and tell us that "" You have to sit down right now"". We were stunned and felt like we were not being treated respectfully as their customers. At the end, each of us spend avg. of $75 per person. That's about $2000 for our party and we thought we should deserve some respect. But no, one of our friend needed to break a $20 bill. They refused to break the bill and told us that the bar was closed. What kind of lame reason was that?! The restaurant turns into a night bar after hour, how could they tell us that the bar was closed?! They just didn't want to do it for no apparent reason.

I rarely leave a long negative review for any business, but if you have any respect for yourself, do not go to Le Souk or Horus Cafe. No one deserves to be treated that way at a restaurant you pay money to get the service anywhere.



Provided by Citysearch - 
""If you are looking for a great vibe, they got it""

I don't know of too many places that has a great vibe like Le Souk does. I used to go a lot, years ago and I went recently and still had a great time. I have read some reviews about people having a hard time getting in. Although this may be true to some extent I think it is important to dress nice, look good and have a good crowd with you. I think this goes for most places... So the neighborhood is not the most pleasant, but that shouldn't stop anyone from coming to eat here and having a great experience!
My advice for those having trouble getting in is, don't be cheap (I know times are hard, but...), make reservations, eat some tasty food then stay and have drinks the rest of the night while listening to great music and watching the belly dancers.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love this place

This place is way to fun, for those that wrote negative comments
I would find that weird when every time I've gone only but the best times;)))


So with that said before you leave your house LOOK IN THE MIRROR !!!!! WOULD YOU GO OUT WITH YOURSELF SOBER???? OR DO YOU NEED A DRINK????

Le Souk keeping it real:))) and the bouncers Love them



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I dont care what any other review says. You have to go there to experience it and judge for yourself. But in my opinion EVERY single time i go, whether its a monday night, wed night, or sunday night..i Always have a blast..Great great down to earth friendly people. Drinks could be a lil better but hey alcohol is alcohol. the decor is fab..i love the whole arabic loungy type look. It has two floors...the bottom is usually a house/ravey type vibe and the top has your arabic/hip hop/ pop /old school house spinning. And everyone i have brought gets hooked..must be for a reason ;-)



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Meatpacking District comes to Alphabet City!!

If you want an experience typifying the demise of this neighborhood-ie, you are a meathead/floozie-Le Souk is for you. Met at the door by a thoroughly ridiculous wannabe w/ a clipboard, who turned me away apparently b/c I didn't comport w/ her B&T notion of coolness. I tried to explain that I used to come here 8 yrs ago when the place was actually cool-needless to say, this was unavailing. Sigh. It's a horror show now - stay away.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Easy to get into... too easy..

Yes its true, Le Souk does not have a very discriminating door policy.. but perhaps they should. Yes its important to let cute girls into your club.. but who are the cute girls supposed to talk to when all the men are unattractive, creepy, old or just plain weird? This spot has good music, great potential, and perhaps was a hot spot several years ago, but sadly the clientele has gone downhill. If you are going to have a velvet rope and a bouncer outside your club why not utilize them?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not worth the wait

First of all I will say the food wasn't bad. The service though was awful. It took over an hour to get our food and it took 20 minutes to get seated even with reservations. I was concerned with the cleanliness of the place, not being able to see my food in the dim lights. Well my fears were confirmed when I saw a large rodent on my way to the bathroom. A couple on their way back saw it too and turned the other way towards the exit. I was so disgusted after that it ruined my evening. I didn't wanna go back to my table and ruin a birthday dinner so I said nothing. I have never written a review before but having a rodent come running towards me at a restaurant is worth sharing. This place is probably full of them for that thing to come out while such a large crowd was there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Rude, Snotty, and not worth my time or money...

I called Le Souk to inquire about bringing some friends there for my birthday. The person who answered the phone was completely stuck up. She was talking down to me as if I was a moron. I did not appreciate her condescending tone and asked to speak to a manager... turns out, she was the manager. I don't have time for places as SNOTTY as Le Souk.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic Experience

Great food, great music, and great vibes. Tough to get in if you don't know someone or if you don't make reservations early but it's definitely worth it. I smoked hookahs, got libated, and had a great time.



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The Best New Years Eve Party Ever

We Got to Le Souk at 8:30 pm and the Restaurant is Full with Happy Party goers . The Staff at the door did a good job getting every one in after check in New years Eve Tickets and our ID's . The music was very good on each floor of the Restaurant there was some big world famous name DJ playing there . My party knew the names I am not familiar with DJ names But the Music was Great . Every one had very good and The Vibe was Amazing .Thank you Le Souk For Ringing 2009 in Happy Mood .



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Cousous in NY

As Moroccan food lovers we were interested to see if Le Souk lived up to its reputation. We were not disappointed! We waited about 5mins to be seated and were given a nice table by the Bar. The restaurant itself is buzzing.. not in a bad way but in a bustling, alive kind of way. Our waiters were great! they were polite, funny and attentive without being in our faces. The food was great! The Couscous, made table side, was spectacular. Beware it is a little expensive $19 for Couscous and Meats BUT it is totally worth it!! Our mains were nice.. maybe not quite as amazing as the Couscous but still delicious. I had the Chicken Bastilla which was delicious.. the 'pastry' was really light and wasn't dripping in oil like at other places.. My Fiance had a Paella which although was very nice it wasn't as good as the Moroccan fare.. The only thing that stopped me from giving Le Souk a 5 star rating was the awful bathrooms! The woman's bathroom was gross! It really needed a good clean and general repair to broken tiles etc.. One other word of advice if you don't know the area and you are easily offended don't sit by the window.. the view across the street is a number of empty stores.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, lovely ambiance

Food and ambiance were fantastic! Took family from out of town. Everybody loved it.
Would definitely go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Night in Casablanca!!!!

A few friends and I came to Le Souk last night , after having it been highly recommended by a co-worker of mine. We made a reservation, which I suggest doing because it seems to be quite busy on the weekends. From the second I walked in, I felt as though I was in Casablanca once again! The music, the decor, the ambiance was all so alluring. We were warmly welcomed by the host as she sat us for our table in the back terrace of the restaurant. We ordered a pitcher of sangria and the waitress was very knowledgeable in terms of the menu and recommended some great items. I had the ""a bu-n awash"" (a boneless chicken dish), my husband had a lamb fillet, and our other guest who is vegetarian ordered a beautiful layered napoleon vegetable plate. The food was excellent and the service was superb as well. We finished dinner with some traditional Moroccan mint tea and had a belly dancer perform, which my guests enjoyed very much. I closed my eyes and felt as though I was once again in Casablanca. For those whom have never tried North African / Moroccan cuisine I highly recommend Le Souk. Not only is the food amazing but the atmosphere is not like any other I have found in new york city, a true gem!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing food service and ambiance

This was my first time at Le Souk and I had a great time. When my friends and I arrived we were greeted by a pleasant and beautiful hostess. We then had cocktails at the bar and I had a champagne cocktail that was great. The food was excellent full of flavor and aroma's from the middle east. Our waitress was so great she was prompt and very friendly. On top of the fact that our dinner experience was amazing the restaurant then turned in to a lounge where the music was fantastic and we had a great time. I am definitely going back and bringing more friends.

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Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown Manhattan


Middle Eastern Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisine: Mediterranean

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