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Map & Directions 329 W. 51st St.
New York, NY 10019
  • African, South African
  • Sun 11am-11pm, Tue-Sat 11am-12am
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Accepted


Village Voice's Description

Bamboo lines the ceiling and driftwood collected along the Hudson River bank is scattered around Braai. From the same folks who own Xai Xai Wine Bar down the street, the Hell's Kitchen restaurant specializes in South African barbecue. Skewers of ostrich, venison, and mutton are covered in traditional spices from Cape Malay. The recipe for Chakalaka, a vegetable relish, comes straight from Johannesburg and curried chutneys grace a few of the meaty plates. The malva pudding, a sponge cake in a puddle of pastry cream with vanilla ice cream, is not to be skipped for dessert. --Jessica Goodman

Member Reviews

  • thevillagevoicebestof wrote a review for Braai
    on 05/10/09

    The meat fired atop smoldering olivewood at Braai competes with the best carnivorous pleasures in town. Try the pinkly gamey venison steak, which comes with a delicious mass of roasted sweet potato and eggplant better than most steakhouse sides.

  • AmandaJ832 wrote a review for Braai
    on 03/12/09

    Braai literally means BBQ and this place is delicious. I'd never had South African before, but I went with a friend who dated a South African for years. So, she was familiar with the menu and had eaten the home-cooked version of these dishes. Everything was excellent! The wine was a little pricey. (I was looking at the price for a 1/2 bottle, not a whole one, so when the bill... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • The name of this restaurant is Afrikaans for "barbecue" or "roast." Try the lamb sandwich with mango mint chutney, biltong quiche, or one of the popular mini-burgers (lamb, ostrich, chicken, salmon).

  • Village Voice on 01/02/11

    They brought Motton Sosatie (Skewer Lamb), Mini Malva Pudding (traditional sponge cake with apricot flavorings), and South African Rum Punch to Choice Eats- the sponge cake was my favorite!

  • T-Dog N. on 09/28/10

    The best happy hour in hell's kitchen! Yummy Rum Punch.

  • T-Dog N. on 09/23/10

    Great watermelon white wine Sangria! Awesome happy hours...

  • Alyssa Hope B. on 11/21/09

    Great atmosphere and the friendliest staff. Get the African Roadrunner. It's the best Ostrich fillet you'll ever have. The cocktails are wonderful too.

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