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8 Best African Restaurants in New York City

Chances are that when you travel overseas, for business or for pleasure, your taste buds often crave flavours from home.

New York is a very popular tourist stop for Africans with iconic attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Time Square.

If you happen to be in the Empire State, we have compiled a list of eight great African cuisines according to Yelp reviewers.

DF Nigerian Food Truck (Nigerian)

“I tried the suya (seasoned beef with onions), and my goodness, it was spiced to perfection – well-seasoned, and actually spicy!” – Toyin D.

“I ordered snails, Jollof rice which was exquisite and egusi was out of this world delicious.” – Victoria O.

828 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10017
b/t 44th St & 45th St
Midtown East

Buka New York (Nigerian)

“I grew up in Nigeria, in Igbo land, and left as a teenager, and so I’ve only had Nigerian food 3 times in the last 25 years.” – Abeer H.

“The food is fantastic: I had the pounded-yam fufu with the goat main dish, egusi sauce, and palm wine and fresh (powerful) ginger juice.” – Nora J.

Clinton Hill

946 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Green Place Nigerian Restaurant (Nigerian)

“I have to say, their jollof rice is one of the best I’ve tasted here in Brooklyn/NYC; it’s nice and spicy just like I like it.” – Nneka U.


“The only reason why I gave 4 stars is becuz the Egusi soup did nice passssss…” – Raisa V.

Bedford Stuyvesant

180 Rockaway Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

Accra Restaurant (Ghanaian)

“The fried fish was juicy, with just enough saltiness– that taste balanced well with the subtler, still delicious flavour of the jollof rice.” – Evelyn K.

“We had fufu with palm nut soup, which was very good, yummy plantains and beans in a delicious spicy sauce.” – Ofer D.


2065 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10027

Festac Grill (Nigerian)

“I ordered the goat pepper soup which seemed like something I would like considering my Jamaican background.” – Alecia H.

“I’d never had fufu. It’s like a fusion of mashed potatoes sticky rice and injera. Fabulous to mix with spicy meats and curry. Such a fan!” – Devin B.

East New York

263 Hendrix St
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Bunna Cafe (Ethiopian)

“The Feast For Two is out of this world and there was a live steel drum band playing while we ate.” – Stephen F.

“Wonderful food, great atmosphere. The coffee ceremony was beautiful and the smell filled every corner of the restaurant. I love bitter coffee, so I enjoyed it! However, my friend wasn’t too keen on how bitter it was (despite the added sugar).” – Anne C.

East Williamsburg, Bushwick

1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Lagos Spot (Nigerian)

“Very good variety for a Naija restaurant the food is awesome. Food is good. The decor is not top class but the food makes up for it.” – Ronke T.

“Great local spot food came out faster than expected I had jollof rice chicken and plantains with a side of suya. The entire was superb and more than enough I couldn’t finish it all.” – ThePr C.

266 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102

Asaba Kitchen (Nigerian)

“This lovely local restaurant had the best Nigerian food I’ve ever eaten. I’ve never eaten Nigerian food before. But as a food connoisseur, I can assure you that your dining experience will be truly transcendental.” – Mario C.

“Precious is an amazing chef and a wonderful hostess. This is one of my first experiences with Nigerian food – Precious is very knowledgeable and incredibly passionate about her art. I would recommend this unforgettable, intimate experience to anyone.” – Meredith B.

Bedford Stuyvesant

662 Madison St
Brooklyn, NY 11221


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