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329 West 51st Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #4,630 of 11,659 Restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 8th and 9th Avenues
Transit: C & E trains to 50th Street and 8th Avenue.
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Dublin, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I am just back in my hotel room after a disappointing and overpriced experience in Braai. Whilst we were seated quickly, we then had to wait for quite some time before our order was taken. The food was good, not great, and it is quite expensive for what you get. Also, a 23% gratuity was added onto the bill before... More

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Athens, Georgia, USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Just down the street from 8th Avenue, this restaurant takes you to South Africa with it's great food and wine. I had the Chicken Bobotie which is every bit as good as the beef version I had in Cape Town. If you are into South African food and wine don't miss Braai!

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New York City, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Small and cozy, good tapas - don't over-order, the portions are large and don't miss the octopus. Good selection of South African wines. Little front garden is a bit tight but it's nice having some outdoor space; there's also a back, sky-light lit area, that feels more light and airy than the main part, but it's right by the kitchen... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited braai for a Saturday brunch. I looked at their website and was excited to have some good old South African food. When we got to the restaurant I had to do a double take, I thought we were in the wrong place. It looks nothing like the pictures on the website. More like a stripped down former restaurant.... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

We went last for dinner and were utterly disappointed. The bobotie was awful:( and I am South African. The fish (hake fillet) was not good at all and the Moz peri peri prawns sadly were a let down too! Save your pennies and try another spot.

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

My family was here for a graduation celebration. My stepdad is South African, and they'd been here before and had a great experience. Not this time. Though it was very early for dinner and wasn't busy, service was slow. Our server was somewhat friendly but not overly helpful. And then she spilled much of our bottle of red wine on... More

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Orange, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went to NY on our honeymoon. My husband just arrived from South Africa in October 2013 so he has been craving S.A. dishes. Honestly, the reviews online weren't great so I was hesitant to try this place. I'm glad we went! First of all the place is adorable! It looks like a farmhouse in South Africa. It was romantic... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I have visited "Braai" twice. It is pricy, but the portions size smaller than French cuisine. So for a rich man, perfecto. The food is simply delicious and the atmosphere: OK. The second time I ordered take out and picked it up myself - the sausage portions were ridiculously SMALL, and the wonderful South African chips?, yummy but such again... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

When it New York, if you don't try some of the many ethnic food options, you're missing out. We walked along Hell's Kitchen and stumbled upon Braai. We decided to give it a try, and we are glad we did. I tried the African Road Runner (pan seared ostrich fillet), while others in my family tried the Balsamic Barbeque Chicken... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

One if the better meals I had while in NYC. I had the steak and veggies while my husband had the lamb. We both enjoyed our meals. The setting was not too loud, and candlelit. I would return here if I lived in NYC.

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