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Forget Amy Ruth’s – Try Le BaoBab West African Restaurant In Harlem – Plate Of The Day
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Forget Amy Ruth’s – Try Le BaoBab West African Restaurant In Harlem

March 7, 2007

BaoBab Restaurant, across the street from amy ruths, harlem, soul food, west african food

Le BaoBab West African Restaurant
120-126 W 116th St @ Lenox
Harlem, NY
(across the street from Amy Ruth’s)
212 864 4700

So the other day, we were itching to have some Chicken and Waffles at Amy Ruth’s in Harlem but as usual there was an annoyingly long line. Now they have a velvet rope for crowd control on the side walk. Most of the patrons look like tourists. BaoBab Restaurant, across the street from amy ruths, harlem, soul food, west african food I guess this is what happens when you get featured in a few reviews. Good to know that there are still plenty of great restaurants that all the glitzy food reviewers (I ain’t one of those) haven’t hit yet. For example, Le Baobab directly across the street from Amy Ruth’s. Although not the same soul food menu as Amy Ruth’s, Le Baobab has some classic West African dishes that are equally delicious. For example Thiebu Djen : Fish stewed in a rich tomato sacue with eggplant, carrots, cassava and white cabbage or Thiebu Yap ($9): Lamb with rice and stewed vegetables. I got a plate of the Thiebu Yap and Sing BaoBab Restaurant, across the street from amy ruths, harlem, soul food, west african food got a Poisson Grille ($12) which is a whole fried fish served with a spicy onion marinade and white rice. Little did we know that Le BaoBab serves family style and before we knew it we were served 2 enormous plates with huge portions. The fish was great along with the onion marinade and if you like lamb then the Thiebu Yap is for you. There’s chunks of oxtail (lamb I suppose) with the meat coming off the bone, mixed with the rice it’s a powerful combination for sure. Like I said, these tourists who come up to Harlem for the experience have it all wrong – yes Sylvia’s and Amy Ruth’s are great places to go but if you’re going to come up to Harlem to really appreciate the neighborhood, you have to step away from the bright clean NY Times Dining approved restaurants and savor the local flavor.

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6 Comments

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  • Reply marc March 26, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    lots of interesting good comfort food in west harlem and this is one of them.I tried 4 and I am satisfied to try all of them. I love going to uptown Harlem, so many hidden treasures.Great review on your part.

  • Reply el jefe April 18, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    “There’s chunks of oxtail (lamb I suppose)”

    Hmmm… I’d suppose that the oxtail comes from an ox, or at least some other form of cattle. You ever see a lamb’s tail. It’s really tiny. You’d have to eat the tails from a whole flock of sheep.

  • Reply Lena June 22, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    “You ever see a lamb’s tail. It’s really tiny. You’d have to eat the tails from a whole flock of sheep”

    LMAO 😀

  • Reply Laura July 29, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Hi
    I have been looing for West African recipies for baobab leaves in peanut sauce, and any other recipies using baobab leaves. Do you now where I might be able to find them?
    Thanks
    Laura McNerney

  • Reply Jelevia D February 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I had an awesome meal at le Baobab Restaurant! I’ve tasted Couscous in the past and didn’t enjoy it at all until I came to this restaurant. The Poisson Grille is my favorite dish and you better believe it when I say I’m coming back for more. Merci Beaucoup!!! C’est si bon!!

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