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329 W. 51st St. (Eighth Ave.) Send to Phone
212-315-3315 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
A South African barbecue restaurant in Hell's Kitchen.
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Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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3.0 rating over 4 reviews
Braai, New York, NY

Braai Restaurant Review

: Hell’s Kitchen continues to push international boundaries with a trip to South Africa at the lovely Braai (the South African word for barbecue). Braai brings Manhattan a new twist on ’cue by introducing grilled game meats like ostrich and venison. A ruby-colored jar of the restaurant’s signature wine cocktail hints at some of the distinctive dishes to come. Order a plate of sambals, sauces ranging from fiery to fruity and tart, to accompany the dishes. Among the mini-sosaties (brochettes), ostrich is low-fat, as promised, and well paired with a tamarind sauce. The prawns peri-peri, Mozambican prawns spiced up with a pepper-based sauce and served with saffron basmati rice, reflect the Indian influences on South African cuisine. African roadrunner is another take on ostrich, this time herb-crusted and served rosy with a blackberry peri-peri sauce. For dessert, the malva pudding, a creamy creation set on custard, is perfect for sharing. This is a restaurant that encourages adventure while absorbing the African-inspired setting, a barbecue tent of sorts and a peaceful reprieve from busy Eighth Avenue and the crowded Theatre District.

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