Press Release 2016

NY African Restaurant Week is in town


Annual event to take New Yorkers on African culinary getaway

This fall, food lovers will join us again for the 4th Annual New York African Restaurant Week where they can enjoy prix-fixe, three-course meals at over 25 premier African Inspired restaurants from Sunday, October 2, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016.

The African cuisine and cultural celebration, produced by leading culinary events company A Taste of Africa USA, will consist of lunch and dinner options valued at anywhere from $19.95 to $35.95 per person. NYARW vouchers and gift certificates for friends and relatives are available for purchase online at or at the restaurant locations starting on September 25.

“New York African Restaurant Week presents an exciting and unique opportunity to celebrate the best of African cuisine, culture and support small businesses in our various communities,” Akin Akinsanya, NYARW’s founder and CEO, said. “We want residents and visitors to walk the streets of New York and have the chance to enjoy authentic African dishes at discounted prices. We invite them to host friends and their private events. The restaurants are not just a place to eat but also act as a place where culture and community is preserved.”

The Brooklyn restaurants that will participating this year include Kombit, Bati Restaurant, Bunna Café, Amarachi Prime, Madiba, Café Rue Dix and Ghenet.

The Manhattan spots include Farafina Café, Lenox Sapphire, Queen of Sheba, Ponty Bistro Harlem, Accra Restaurant, Tagine, Tsion Café and Bakery, Les Ambassades, Spur Tree, La Savane Restaurant, Massawa Restaurant, Le Souk, Harlem Besame Peque Vino and Tapas, Home Sweet Harlem, Sweet Chef Bakery and Shrine. Restaurant owners, artisans, celebrity and emerging chefs will take New Yorkers on an intimate “GastroAfrique” culinary getaway across the all of Africa.

There will also be a series of events to accompany the dining experience
listed on the website. Chefs and restaurants will present food from different parts of the continent with live performances, music and much more at the Taste of Africa event series on Thursday, October 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10010.

The Food, Art and Fashion brunch event, will take place October 9 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Commons at 495 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. This event will feature food from various chefs, a fashion show and music.

The New York Taste of Africa Art Expo, October 15 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Commons, will showcase and celebrate the diversity of art from Africa and tell Africa’s story through its artists. Some of the restaurants will be curating events during the week as well, including the A Taste of South Africa event on October 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Madiba Restaurant at 195 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn. One lucky winner will receive two South African Airways tickets.

Please visit for details and full list of events.

WHAT: New York African Restaurant Week
WHEN: Sunday October 2 through Sunday, October 16
WHERE: Various restaurants in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island

About New York African Restaurant Week

New York African Restaurant Week is the brainchild of Nigerian native Akin Akinsanya, who started the event in 2013 with the goal of bringing people together and helping them become more aware of African cuisine.

About A Taste of Africa USA

A Taste of Africa USA is a community-based organization that aims to promote the best of African culture, cuisine and music. One of the organization’s events, the “Taste of Africa Event Series”—sponsored by culture and special events company Panla—showcases an array of delectable recipes from Africa by some of the most renowned artisans of African cuisine. The organization produces NYARW.

Since 2008, both brands have produced networking events in the city that feature food, music and live entertainment programs from all over Africa. Their events have also highlighted and raised funds for nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting change and development in various parts of the world.