Our Story

 
Founder Rivka behind the original counter at our East Village location

Founder Rivka behind the original counter at our East Village location

On any night at Café Mogador, expertly braised tagines are served alongside house-made bread fresh from the tandoori oven.  At the core of the menu are Moroccan-Israeli traditions, yet French, Indian and New American flavors also reflect the heritage of the people who have helped create the menu over the years.  Sourcing organic ingredients wherever possible, the restaurant prides itself on quality and consistency. The curved wooden bar offers a wine list boasting some of the best value and vintages in the city and a versatile list of seasonal hand-made cocktails. Friendly staff welcome guests like family, and over thirty years of history permeate the candle lit space. 

 

Owner Yosi traveling through Morocco

Owner Yosi traveling through Morocco

Cafe Mogador is a part of the East Village fabric; both its anchor and guide
— The Village Voice

Founded in 1983 in the East Village, Cafe Mogador was both an early pioneer in the NYC restaurant world and a downtown cultural hub. Serving up her signature Moroccan-inspired cuisine, founder Rivka embraced and celebrated the creative neighborhood she called home while pushing culinary boundaries. Over the next three decades and throughout the addition of a second location in Williamsburg, Cafe Mogador would gain tremendous recognition and solidify its place as a neighborhood institution and culinary destination.

The same founding family still owns and operates both locations today.

 

A belly dancer performing in Cafe Mogador in the 80's

A belly dancer performing in Cafe Mogador in the 80's

During the day, sunlight floods through the front windows, fresh flowers adorn the bar, and roasted espresso lingers in the air.  An eclectic crowd of new transplants mixed with well-known regulars whom have dined at Mogador for decades enjoy organic eggs and fresh squeezed juice.  In warm weather, excellent people watching can be done from the outdoor patio in the East Village location and the covered back garden in Williamsburg.  Saturdays and Sundays bring the highly anticipated Mogador Brunch Menu, a Moroccan rendition of the popular weekend meal that repeatedly places Mogador on "top ten" brunch lists across New York City.