New York City is a melting pot of cultures, literally. One of my favorite things about NYC is how diverse it is. As an African at heart, I've never had any troubles finding some really delicious eats in the city for the days when I feel really homesick. I always take my non-African friends with me on some of my food-ventures and they can testify to just how rich in flavor and spices it is. If you've never had African food before, I'll be the first to tell you that you're missing out.
If you've never had African food before, I'll be the first to tell you that you're missing out.
From Togo to Gambia to Ivory Coast to Ghana to Ethiopia, you'll find a wide selection of African food in NYC. If you're looking to try something different and shake up your taste buds, then here are some of the top and highly recommended African restaurants to try with your family, your friends or alone.
1.) A Taste of Nigeria - Tropical Grill
In the heart of Jamaica, NY is Tropical Grill, a Nigerian restaurant that caters to the pallette of many. You'll find a casual setting which changes into a bar at night with some great African music. Currently, you can only do take-outs but this is one place definitely worth exploring when things open back up again. For what it's worth, their dishes are great and even if you don't get the full bar and music experience by dining indoor, the takeout only option will be worth it.
Location: 15341 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434, United States
2.) A Taste of Ghana - Accra Restaurant
It doesn't get better than this when it comes to authentic Ghanaian food. This West African restaurant has a wide variety of Ghanaian food to keep you coming back for more. From Jollof Rice to Suya to Fried Whiting to Waakey Rice, you name it, they have it.
Experience the bold and robust flavours of West African cuisine. If are unsure of what to order, our friendly staff are always ready to help you find just the perfect dish. Our buffet style allows you to try many different options so you can indulge in many different spices.
Location: 2041 Davidson Ave, The Bronx, NY 10453, United States
3.) A Taste of Togo - Bognan International
Don't quote me anywhere but this is probably the only Togolese restaurant in the city and one that has been there for a very long time. This restaurant is a partnership of two siblings, one runs it (Fousseni Alidou) and the other cooks (Haga Kamal). If you're looking for dishes that are rich and colorful, you can try their very robust menu which includes staples such as Okra Sauce and fish, peanut sauce and fufu. You'll be in Togolese heaven by the time you are done with the finger-licking delicious meals.
Location: 590 E 169th St, The Bronx, NY 10456, United States
4.) A Taste of Senegal - Pikine Restaurant
If you want a taste of Senegal, then you have to come here. The Pikine restaurant is located in the heart of Harlem's Le Petit Senegal and they offer some really fresh and healthy Senegalese dishes, including the Thiebou Djeun, Senegal's national dish. The great thing about this restaurant is also its affordability. You can have the Senegalese meals and sometimes Gambian dish for lunch and dinner. You can expect to get a lot of grilled fish and sea food because that's just what Senegal is all about.
Location: 243 West 116TH, New York, NY – 10026
Photo by: Pikine Restaurant
5.) A Taste of Ivory Coast - Grin
Get transported to the Republic of Ivory Coast through your tastebuds. In the menu, you can find the national dish of Athieke, a cassava stodge with a sour flavor. You'll get served this dish with a relish and Maggi cubes, break it up and eat it with fish or onions and tomatoes, however you like. This is the Ivory Coast way of eating. They also have fried chicken and roasted lamb for those who are not quite as adventurous. Don't worry, no judgments here.
Location: 454 E 168th St, The Bronx, NY 10456, United States
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