Our Story

 
Founder Rivka behind the original counter at our East Village location

Founder Rivka behind the original counter at our East Village location

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. Throughout three decades and the addition of a second location in Williamsburg, Cafe Mogador gained tremendous recognition and solidified its place as a neighborhood institution and culinary destination. From expertly braised tagines and house-made bread, to an award-winning Moroccan brunch served with some of the best people-watching in the city, the restaurant continues to proudly grow with the neighborhoods it's helped create. 

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

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

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