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Merkato 55 - CLOSED

Map & Directions 55 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY 10014
  • African, Ethiopian
  • Mon-Fri 5:30pm-11:30pm, Sun,Sat 5:30pm-5pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Banquet Facilities, Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Marcus Samuelsson's groovy new project is a very ambitious pan-African restaurant, which attempts to draw dishes from every corner of the continent. Ethiopian choices like doro watt and the buttery tartare called lamb kitfo are some of the best things on the menu - not surprising, since the Swedish chef was born in Ethiopia. Topped with a poached egg, Moroccan lamb kefta is also fab, but Angolan piri-piri shrimp is too timidly spiced, and West African influences are mainly limited to a flavor here and there. The bi-level space features the sort of meatpacking glitz, and alcohol focus, we've come to expect.

Member Reviews

  • thevillagevoicebestof wrote a review for Merkato 55
    on 05/10/09

    Merkato 55 has been much maligned, but its lamb kefta and smoked tomato sauce is magnificent. The meatballs are topped with a barely cooked fried egg, making the accompanying couscous gooey and rich with yolk.

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