Pretty much every large city in the United States has a restaurant week, but an African Restaurant Week? Only in New York, baby!
Here’s the deal: Over 25 African restaurants are participating through October 22nd. Customers will sample either traditional African cuisine or more avant-garde African fusion menus. The cuisines of Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, West Africa, Morocco, and Algeria will all be represented.
Just head to the event’s website and purchase an online voucher for a three-course meal at any boîte you choose. Perhaps French-Senegalese at Pony Bistro in Harlem? Or Algerian-French at Bar Omar in Williamsburg. What about traditional South African at Madiba in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn?
Aside from the meals, check the website for special events. For instance, African chefs will guide food lovers through the various cuisines of Africa with an eight-course meal at the James Beard House right here in the Village. A taste of Africa pop-up dinner featuring a 3-course dinner prepared by Chef Zi of Zimbabwe. Or participate in a Senegalese attaya tea ceremony at a private home in Brooklyn with wellness expert Chef Nadine, the Green Queen of Cuisine. Hand yoga, henna, head-wrapping and other African customs will be part of the fun.
Finally, have a taste of it all at the African Restaurant Week Festival on this Sunday, October 8th from 12:30 – 7 p.m. Food, wine, music, fashion, chef demos, goodie bags and more. Tickets range from $5 to $80, depending on the package you purchase. And guess what? 10% of the proceeds from this event will benefit charities that help the homeless and the hungry. Festival-goers not only fill their bellies but those of people in need. So what’s not to love?