4 Great Restaurants To Get Authentic African Food In New York City

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New York City is filled with people from all different walks of life. As a result, it’s rich in its cultural diversity as far as languages spoken, attire worn and options for eatery.

For Africans interested in coming to New York, you can still enjoy authentic African food from top African Restaurants in New York City’s populous boroughs.


Buka is a Nigerian restaurant located in Brooklyn. They offer Nigerian dishes that range from jollof rice, yams, a variety of soups such as egusi, okra, pepper. There are delicious appetizers from mo-moi to suya to buns. The setting is also to be admired with African art, newspapers and magazines about Nigeria and African music played. Buka has been voted the Best Nigerian Restaurant in New York.

Goat stew and jollof rice, plantains and fried rice.

 946 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (347) 763-0619

Africana Soul Food Restaurant

Africana Soul Food Restaurant, located in Jamaica, Queens is the place all the local residents love.  It’s a small restaurant that offers great traditional African dishes with a variety of soups, rice and appetizers.

Jollof rice, plantain and spinach

146-12 Liberty Ave. Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 658-8501


Papaye restaurant located in The Bronx is said to have the best in African cuisine. In the New York Times it states, “Papaye may challenge your expectations.” This Ghanaian restaurant is a leading African restaurant in New York with featured menus such as Egusi soup, wakye, Emotuo, Peanut Soup, Banku and Palava Sauce.


Taro with fried fish and spinach

 2300 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY (718) 676-0771


Zuma, located in Harlem is an Ethiopian restaurant in a modern setting in Harlem. Ethiopian dishes range from mild to spicy to extra spicy. Their menu includes beef, meat chicken and numerous vegetarian dishes. The vegetarian dishes include chickpeas, lentils and split peas as spreads, stews or salads.



 2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NYC 10026 (212) 662-0620

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