Along with the first African-American author and Poet, Phillis Wheatley, New York City plays host to many Africans, particularly Nigerians living in the United States. New York City is a center of diverse culture and people where life keeps bubbling.
In every process of growth across the world, Nigerians are known to play their parts; this is why you see them everywhere, especially in big cities like New York.
Nigerians are people of diverse culture, identity, with a background that challenges their muse to strive for the best and create space for their existence and survival.
Their taste in food remains part of the unique ways they hold on to their identity outside their geographical space, Nigeria.
A West African country with a wide variety of ethnic communities, Nigeria has a varied and rich culinary culture.
In culinary art, you find numerous ingredients that cut across taste buds.
Some Nigerians who live in the United States have moved to New York City with these unique features of theirs and established the culinary art in some strategic places in the populated city of over eight million people distributed over about 302.6 square miles (784 km2).
Below is the list of top places to get Nigerian foods in New York City compiled by Bada Yusuf Amoo:
Lagos Restaurant and Lounge
You can experience the intersection of global culture at the Lagos Restaurant and Lounge. It's a New York City restaurant with a Nigerian pulse. It's a metropolitan cultural synthesis. It is a place of food, music, and culture fused.
The Lounge serves the echo of familiar taste, rhythm, and cadence in sophisticated combined comfort with the vibrancy of New York City. They give breathing experience of Lagos and New York City.
The restaurant is located at 306 E, 49th St, New York, New York 10017 2nd Avenue and 1st Avenue, Midtown East.
DF Nigerian Gourmet Food Truck
This is a place that serves both Nigerian and intercontinental dishes. DF Nigerian Gourmet food truck serves quality Nigerian cuisines and cooking. The food truck is parked conveniently in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Manhattan. 44th Street and 2nd Ave.
DF Nigerian Gourmet Food Truck fills the huge gap in the food market. Nigerian dishes are palatable to all taste buds and they share the various cuisines with the general public and also make the cuisines easily accessible at affordable prices.
BUKA New York
BUKA New York offers authentic Nigerian dishes in a relaxed and accidentally cool setting. The food is spicy, flavorful, and unequivocally African.
You can browse through their growing collection of books and magazines on African business, politics, art, and fashion while savouring one of their signature cocktails or 24oz beers. Their Menu is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Pork-Free.
Nneji is a small restaurant space that houses the kitchen in the back and the counter with their prepared foods upfront. You can go here for pickup, but there are no seating options. There are 1 or 2 employees there at a time always wearing masks, so it feels safe!
A recent visitor shared her experience, she said, “this food was absolutely delicious, and the store owner was incredibly kind. I am the child of Nigerian immigrants, and it's often hard to find authentic Nigerian food that reminds me of home. This food was cooked incredibly, and I'm really grateful to have tried it! This will be a staple for me!”
The Green Place Nigeria Restaurant
The Green Place Nigeria Restaurant is a classic place to visit to enjoy a real traditional Nigerian restaurant, with main dishes with deep African flavours. No wonder, it is called the best Nigerian restaurant away from home.
“I ordered takeout from here not long ago, so I can't comment on the actual space. The food I ordered was great though. I'm new to Nigerian food so I, unfortunately, kept it basic and got the Jollof with mixed meat and pounded yam.
“It was a very spicy dish, which I enjoyed but others may not. I have to come back and try more dishes but what I ordered was absolutely excellent,” Nolen S., a recent visitor shared experience.
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