While it is located a bit out of the way in the wilderness Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, Le Grand Dakar is one of the best (if not the best) African restaurants in New York City. Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam opened the place in 2006. He is one of New York’s finest up and coming chefs and was featured on Iron Chef America in 2010. While the focus is on Senegalese food, the menu is eclectic and features dishes from all over West Africa and beyond. The Dak Burger is an interesting take on a hamburger and served with cassava fries, and the Roasted Lamb Dibi is excellent. The portions are small so you’ll probably want to order an appetizer as well.
Be sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant is very cozy. While it may be small, the atmosphere is excellent. The interior is all hardwood and African art adorns the walls. Every Tuesday night a live band performs. Expect to pay around $50 for a dinner for two.
Address: 285 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Telephone: (718) 398 8900