African Restaurant Week


By May Zhee Lim, Markets Media Life Correspondent

Tantalize your taste buds with the flavors of Africa during New York’s Third Annual African Restaurant Week. The two-week festival features thirty of the city’s best restaurants and chefs specializing in African cuisine, as well as a food bazaar and fashion event that’ll showcase artistic creations and musical performances from the vibrant continent.

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Participating eateries can be found all over, from Harlem to Bed-Stuy. Each restaurant will provide a different taste of Africa at a reduced price or a three-course dinner for $28.95. Whether you’re craving food from a specific country or region (Joloff in Brooklyn has been serving the community scrumptious Senegalese food for over twenty years), or always wanted to try trendy African-inspired dishes (à la “Afro-American-Asian” fare at The Cecil, which has prepared a multi-course Aphrodisiac Dinner for the week), the festival is all about exploring the many ingredients and culinary exports of Africa that can be found right here in the city.

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For a night of drinks and dancing, there’s the Edible Bazaar on June 9 at Chelsea’s Taj Lounge. Restaurants present their specially curated dishes and cocktails, and awards will be given out to recognize outstanding chefs and members of the community. On June 13, the day before the festival wraps up, local Afro-chic designers will show off their clothing designs, sculpture, jewelry, and more at The DL on Lower East Side. Expect music, appetizers, and cocktails there too.

New York African Restaurant Week. May 31-June 14. Various locations. http://nyarw.com/

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