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Posted by jojo on 10/13/2012
I wanted to try something new. My friend took me to African Kine. The food is wonderful, If you're expecting the best, always listen to the waiters suggestions.
Posted by Oksana on 01/22/2012
took my friend and husband there yesterday and feel guilty today for my friend ending up hungry. Brochette grilled with beef was was extremely hard. To be honest, waitress made a hint that beef is not their specialty... Other meals with lamb and chicken were good though. Portions are huge - meaning, lots of side rice (rather spicy!) cold drinks are extremely sweet. NO VINE is served there. So if you are very hungry - go it there, but do not expect much, and - listen to what a waitress suggest you to order
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2011
The restaurant itself was mediocre. There isn't any AC or any room temperature settings, which was a bit awkward. However, the service made up for the atomosphere. The decor was pleasing. The service was great. Although, there were many customers there the servers tried their best to accomodate and please there customers. Food arrived in a timely manner, even though there was a large party in the room. The food was shockingly superb. I expect the food to be mediocre but I was pleased with the LARGE portions. Not only were the portions great, the food tasted absolutely amazing. I had the Lamb and couscous with a side of plaintains, along with all three of the appetizer options. i shared with my date and we still had plenty left over. I will definitely be going back there, however for take out because the food does make you sleepy after, so i rather eat it at home. Also the price was very cheap for the great quality and amount. Definitely pleased with this restaurant.
Posted by anonymous on 09/05/2010
This is my very favorite restaurant in NYC! Great food, tastes like in Senegal and is very cheap (about $10 a meal), especially considering the huge quantities they give you! Check out their menu before you go, as it's different every day. My favorite is the yassa (only for lunch few times week) or the tchou yapp. I also always have a bissap juice. Delicious!! Contrary to what I read in other reviews, my waiters have always been fairly fast and very nice -- maybe the fact that I speak French helps. Oh and bring some cash if you can (although they also take cards) -- the waiter told me this way, you don't have to pay for the tax.
Posted by Robert Mekherti on 07/29/2010
I was in the neighborhood and decided to check this restauarnt out despite mixed reviews on this site. I must say that the service was very poor. The server was friendly once he took our order but that took almost 15 minutes, and then after he brought our food we had to flag him down to get the check. The food was served lukewarm, almost cold in some parts. I wanted the server to nuke it but he never came back. I have to wonder about the safety of the food served at that temperature, especially as other posters have said the same thing so it probably was not a fluke. It's hard for me to judge the flavors of the food because I was too nervous about the safety of what I was eating.
Posted by Nicole Friedman on 07/28/2010
I have never had West African food before and was very curious. The space is large but without a/c. The menu seemed to have numerous choices until I realized that only 4 dishes were available that day. I selected the Senegalese "national" dish of fish stewed with tomato and rice. My friend chose lamb in a peanut stew. My friend's stew was swimming in oil and was room temperature. My fish was a sardine, served with yucca, a few vegetables and crunchy rice... and also room temperature. I was so hungry that I didn't give the temperature of the food much thought until later. The taste itself was interesting. The only really unpleasant taste was an accompanying sauce with the texture of slime.
Posted by Tamara on 03/27/2010
It wad my first time eating an African dish and I didn't know where to start. The young lady in takeout wad wonderful and told mr to try thiebu djeun a popular dish. It was wonderful! Flavorful! Enough to eat for lunch and dinner! I am not a big fish eater but I am tempted to order the dish again tommorrow! The fish was stewed with cabbage, carrots, cassava in a spicy tomato sauce. The rice was great!