You won’t come to Darna for the great service; this place is Israeli-owned and operated, and most of the service is provided by Israeli hipsters, clad in all-black and obviously bored with their jobs. If you are lucky enough to get attention from your overworked busboy who comes from South America, count yourself fortunate. He’ll refill your water and get you more of the fabulous hot pita.
you’ll come to Darna (and keep coming back, if you are like me) for the unparalleled quality and presentation of food. This place has been turning out excellent Moroccan food for many years, and I have never had a bad meal. The atmosphere is charming, with high ceilings, lots of wood and Moroccan decorations, and candles. It’s Manhattan, so I am always surprised by how large the interior is. Big, heavy chairs, heavy tables. Definitely a special occasion place, and great for dates. Just advise everyone that it’s going to be a long night. Service is very, very slow. You can’t hurry them up, so don’t even bother. Just resolve to enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean pace, and savor every course!
Everything is good, but the lamb tagine is a standout, as is the moroccan soup. Appetizers are good, the house salad is tasty. I cannot remember having dessert here, usually far too stuffed. Portions are huge, you can definitely split an appetizer. Pricing is reasonable, with an app. & entree going for somewhere between $25-40.