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“We're not in Kansas anymore (or even Croton)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tagine

Tagine
120 Grand Street, Croton on Hudson, NY
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Cuisines: Moroccan
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Croton on Hudson, New York
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12 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“We're not in Kansas anymore (or even Croton)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This was our second visit to this little gem. The first was about 2 months after it opened and while that meal was good, we had a feeling the kitchen needed to get its act more together. We were right: this second meal was outstanding. I started with the Carrot-Ginger Soup, a wonderful blend of flavors, then had the Lamb Tagine, a signature dish, filled with apricots, almonds and white beans and melt-in-your-mouth chunks of lamb; a small bowl of couscous on the side and one of a fascinating carrot slaw come with the order. My husband started with a seafood salad of grilled shrimp, scungili and calamari that was so fresh it was a wonder they didn't jump out of the plate, then had Chicken Cordon Bleu (special that night) with perfect haricots verts and a vegetable couscous.

You step inside and this place feels foreign. Is it the deeply warm-colored walls? The lacy curtains? The variety of old plates and maps on the walls? The etched windows? The weathered wooden floors? Does it matter? We appreciate the friendly but not overly-attentive service. Next time we have got to leave room for dessert.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Not typical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you are expecting typical tagine or couscous that's not what you will get. The couscous is premixed with raisins vegetables and LOTS of garlic. Service is very good, and when one of us who is allergic to garlic returned his plate, no questions asked, and order replaced. Cassoulet was average, the beans slightly undercooked and too dry from panko, cassoulet should be creamier. Steak and fries is excellent. Wine list very decent pricing.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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North Westchester, Connecticut
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a very good meal here on a beautiful summer night. The food was fresh and well prepared. My husband had the fish stew and I had the lamb tagine. Both were great. Service was perfect...seriously. Out waitress was knowledgable and professional. Our bread and drinks arrived promptly and our water glasses were never left empty. The food here is a mix of French and Moroccan. The menu is very well thought out and the specials were seasonal. Highly recommend.

Visited August 2013
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New York
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“Bistros are normally loud ...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

... but not this loud. Dinner Friday night, late in the evening, dining room only half full and the noise level was disturbing. At our table of 3, we had to raise our voices just to hear each other. (There are no soft surfaces in the room, and that's easy enough to address.)

My rating would be higher based on the food. Pissaladiere was a great starter, perhaps too much rocquefort (never thought I'd ever say that!). Rack of Lamb special was superb. Frites, sadly, must have been sitting a few minutes before coming out, luke warm and limp.

Ask for the Provencal Rose that's not on the wine list. A beauty.

And guys, I know none of your restaurants are open for lunch, but perhaps you'd consider at Tagine? Maybe a couple days a week? Please?

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tarrytown, NY
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“Quality niche dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Bored of Italian, diner, Mexican, Chinese?

This French and North African cuisine restaurant has a lot of choices for varied palettes. From French classics, to its namesake tagines, two dinners will have me in for a third. As they say in France "Jamais deux sans trois." The lamb and chicken tagines are my favorite as the seafood one didn't have enough of North Africa to excite me. I would like more of the fruit in the tagine, but the depth of the lamb was quality. Each tagine comes with Harissa, couscous, and a grated carrot salad. A tagine is a dish cooked in a tagine, which is a conical clay dish (theirs has a cast iron bottom as a plate).

The have a tangini, with a pin, and it is gimmicky for a place that I felt should have a bit more dignity, but I also like that they don't take themselves too seriously. The décor is fun without going pretentious, and diners are in various levels of dress from casual to a few with ties.

Everyone will find something to come back for at this place. The intend to try out the bar space next time. It has a too-large space, but it looks good, and the wine/beer list isn't expansive. It is, however, well-chosen.

I drove a half hour for this and will do so again. As of July 2013, it still feels like a secret.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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