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Posted by Le Villageois de Podor on 08/14/2014
For the most part, I get my meals delivered from this place. But on the few occasions I went there, I really liked the atmosphere. I prefer it to other local Senegalese restaurants, which I also visited a few times, because it looked homey, the other places looked more posh and modernized. I am Senegalese who lives in NYC and since I don’t get to visit very often, I like going to Senegalese restaurant where I can feel a little closer to home, and Keur Sokhna does just that. Additionally the food is really good and looks and taste a lot more similar to the one they serve back home. Not to put the other places down but oftentimes this is the closest an expat can get to relive their culture. Aside from the fact that they messed up my deliver order a couple of times and, like other reviewers have mentioned, not all dishes are severed everyday, I strongly recommend this place; at least for now.
Posted by Adriana on 01/31/2014
I've been ordering or eating this fish around 3 years. The seasoning and cooking method are the best. It is really good and i can't get tired of eating that. The staff is really nice . I'm glad I had a chance to be introduced this place by a friend !! Try it when you have a chance to be in Harlem.
Posted by Laurie, FoodWriter on 01/07/2013
Keur Soknah, though the first Senegalese restaurant I have ever eaten in, makes the most delicious food that has caressed my taste buds in a long time. Their (Halal, by the way) Lamb stew, which sadly only exists during the day (the only drawback), could make you cry it's so good. It is served with a huge mountain of rice, and is chock full of peanut butter gravy, which is spiced to perfection, carrots, potatoes, and of course, lamb (with the bones!), that is so tender, it melts in your mouth. Their stew, which they claim is humbly typical, is something you want to write poetry about. Since I am never there towards the evening, I have never been privy to many other dishes, though I hear that they just might be as spectacular. Their Fataya (little spicy fried fish pastries), I would travel a million miles for!!! The waitstaff is very very pleasant and welcoming. The seating is comfortable (though not fancy), bathroom is accessible, and food is not only tasty, it's fresh as well. Wishing them even more success in the future, though they're doing a good business now. When eating, you can see their delivery person going in and out, plus many cab drivers and other people coming in to take out Sokhna's treasures as well. It never stops. Always wishing their restaurant was around the corner from me! Eat here NOW, you won't be disappointed! Thank you Sokhna for the sheer JOY!
Posted by Taylor on 04/19/2008
Of all the african restaurants i have been to Sohkna is by far the best. The food is cheap, fast and taste, however it may be a little greasy. The service is very fast but the waiters dont speak very good English. I love it and i go there a lot with my mom. It is not too spicy like the other african places and i definitely RECCOMEND it
Posted by Anonymous on 10/10/2007
There are a lot of good things about this place, but unfortunately the food is not one of them. I went with a group of 4 and we have all tasted and enjoyed Senegalese cuisine before, and this place looks like those little mom and pops kitchens that serves it up authentic. While I wouldnt say the food was inauthentic, it simply did not taste good. The menus in the restaurant and posted outside did not say that almost every entree is only served 1 or 2 days a week, and so it turned out we could only choose from 6 options! Two of us ordered stews -- the Mafe and the Suppu Kandja -- and both were more thick pastes than stews, as if everything had been put in a blender before serving. They were filled with oil and it did not taste fresh at all. Someone else ordered a chicken and brown rice dish that was dry and completely tasteless. The only good food was the Dibi, which was a simple dish of grilled lamb strips, served with french fries. We all shared that, and luckily, the portions here are the biggest I have ever received for one order, easily enough for two. The wait staff was very polite and friendly and the prices were reasonable, but if the food isnt good it all goes for naught. Big disappointment, especially considering there are other Senegalese Restaurants in the area that we could have went to.
Posted by Jul&Nel on 08/25/2006
My husband is Senegalese and I am French and when we arrived at NY some friends have recommended this restaurant to us. For this day we are going there each week ! Food is very delicious with the flavour of Senegal ! In this restaurant you are like in Afric : the atmosphere is so sympathic, the people very kind and you can watch some senegalese programs on TV. So we recommand warmly this fabulous restaurant to you!