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Braai

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329 West 51st Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)
C & E trains to 50th Street and 8th Avenue.
2123153315
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good but could be better

I really loved the atmosphere of this place. The food was good, even verging on great but the service was pretty terrible. I really enjoyed the coconut truffle oil pap and an interesting way of doing crab cakes. I really enjoyed it. I don't think it was worth the value but it was a fun experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I really loved the atmosphere of this place. The food was good, even verging on great but the service was pretty terrible. I really enjoyed the coconut truffle oil pap and an interesting way of doing crab cakes. I really enjoyed it. I don't think it was worth the value but it was a fun experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We went here because it was organised by some friends who Are NYC locals and they go there frequently. We had a great night there with them! Great company, great food and a really nice ambiance! Our friends ordered for us and we weren't disappointed at all.... In fact my daughter said the truffle Mac n cheese was the best... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Made a reservation with open table showed up on a Sunday afternoon to celebrate my daughter's 13th birthday eating something different. Drinks are a bit pricey. Had the Tapas 5 for $42, with the meatball, macaroni & cheese, the fried chicken, peri-peri chicken and lamb empanadas. They were ok, soft drinks were pricey. Wanted to have some South African beer,... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was such a letdown, a poor excuse for a South African resturant ! Only Non South Africans would think its good! The service was shocking and I found the food expensive for what was served. The waitress was clueless about South African food and wine in general.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Popped in for a quick bite and drink in Braai in Hell's Kitchen. Small(ish) room, nicely appointed, great wines (South African wines are always great IMO); and a nice menu. The Boerwors Roll at lunch is a great taste of SA.

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Harlingen, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a pleasant place for a drink- but the authenticity is questionable. The so called koeksisters were devised in some insane catacomb of horror- but not even remotely resemble the real thing…… The bobotie was a little better- but just average. All in all - nice place for a drink of South African wine- but don't expect South African... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The menu is unique and the food is good and not overly expensive like a lot of restaurants in NYC. I definitely recommend it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For this year's secret santa extravaganza, my friends and I wanted a boozy brunch. And since Braai has been on my Yelp bookmarks list for a while, and none of us have ever tried South African cuisine before, this place was perfect! We made a reservation for 12:30 on a Saturday. It wasn't packed but all the tables seem to... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you are expecting to come to a place that matches the website, you are in for s shock. I think it's the website for another place (menu and photos included) - the photos here on Tripadvisor are more reflective of the actual place including the "seasonal menu" which effectively is the menu. Having said that, the food is pretty... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I struggled with the rating of this restaurant because there were several shortcomings, but the benefits outweighed the cost in my opinion. The food was excellent. Went for brunch and had some really fabulous french toast - with a honey syrup. Some of my more expeditious friends gave a try to ostrich sausage and another traditional sausage plate. Both very... More 

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Additional Information about Braai

Address: 329 West 51st Street, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: 2123153315
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $20 to $40
Cuisine: African

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 329 West 51st Street, New York City, NY 10019
    (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: C & E trains to 50th Street and 8th Avenue.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 2123153315

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20 to $40
  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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