Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Greenwich Village's Le Souk

By Andrea Swalec on November 24, 2011 8:48am 

The Moroccan restaurant Le Souk Harem, which will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for needy people on Nov. 24, 2011, is located at 510 LaGuardia Pl. in the Village.
The Moroccan restaurant Le Souk Harem, which will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for needy people on Nov. 24, 2011, is located at 510 LaGuardia Pl. in the Village.
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Le Souk Harem

GREENWICH VILLAGE — The restaurant Le Souk Harem will bring a little Moroccan-style hospitality to the Village this Thanksgiving

The eatery at 510 LaGuardia Pl. will host its second-annual free Thanksgiving dinner for needy New Yorkers Thursday night.

"We wanted to provide a complimentary dinner for our neighbors and people who don't have anywhere else to go, don't have enough money to go out, or are alone," Le Souk Harem co-owner Lamia Funti said.

The restaurant, which publicized the dinner through Community Board 2, will depart from its usual menu of cous cous and roasted lamb and instead serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings, Funti said. 

Customers from the general public are invited to eat at the restaurant on Thursday, too, and are encouraged to donate to the Village charity Visiting Neighbors, which connects volunteers with local senior citizens. 

Le Souk Harem, which moved two years ago from its original location on Avenue B in the East Village, served the meal to about 300 people last year. About 250 are expected to attend this year. 

The restaurant teamed with the Bleecker Area Merchants' and Residents' Association to foot the bill, Funti added.

People who want to attend the dinner, which will be served in two sittings, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., can call the restaurant at 212-777-5454. 

Le Souk Harem plans to make its Thanksgiving feast an annual tradition. 

"We're very happy to be in this neighborhood," Funti said, "and we want to give back to people here."

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