Perhaps it’s time to explore the often overlooked, culturally important, and absolutely delicious flavors of Africa. If you are looking to expand your cultural palate, then these African restaurants in New York City will leave your stomach full and your taste buds yearning for more.
Bunna, translating to ‘coffee’, is a beverage synonymous with the Ethiopian way of life. Bunna is much more than a drink, it brings families together and sparks conversation throughout the intricate brewing process. At Bunna Cafe, baristas pay homage to this unique Ethiopian ritual by performing a coffee ceremony, after which guests receive a free cup of bunna. In addition to this delicious beverage, the café also offers a variety of colorful vegan dishes. This stop is the place to go for Ethiopian cuisine in North Brooklyn, with a dining area regularly packed with guests who are eager to try new dishes.
A significant element of Ethiopian food is the use of spices. At Ghenet, spice is what makes the food so delectable. The cooks at Ghenet use a combination of onions, herbs, and carefully-selected spices to lovingly curate each dish on the menu, which is comprised of highly satisfying vegetable and meat-based plates. Most of their menu items are served with gluten-free teff injera, a traditional flatbread found through Ethiopia and Eritrea.
When you enter Joloff, located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the first thing you’ll notice is the brightly-colored walls. Joloff opens at noon and serves the finest Senegalese food you’ve tasted in NYC. Take your pick between theibou jean (a communally-shared fish and vegetable dish) and dibi (a dish of grilled meat and onions). They also offer unique juices such as bissap (sorrel and hibiscus).
Located near New York Univeristy, Meskerm serves Ethiopian cuisine with flavors akin to Indian dishes. Meskerm opens just in time for lunch, and stays open until late. Prices are reasonable for lunch, dinner, and takeout, and they also offer a selection of wines and beers to pair with your meal.