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329 W 51st St, New York City, NY 10019-6422 (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I couldn't identify what made South African cuisine unique it was yummy.. The ostrich sliders were dense and dry but the ostrich steak was tender and delicious. My husband's duck was cooked perfectly. The peri peri sauce was delicious too. We were there for a birthday and they provided a great firework like candle and played some upbeat music... More 

Thank Lynn T
Madrid, Spain
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were more interested in their cellphones than the customers. Too loud music. Cold coffee, you even have to ask for milk for your coffee. Would not recommend.

Thank tsetsegmandal
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The menu was interesting and the food was very tasty. Recommend the ostrich as well as their Braai burger sliders. The seating area can be a bit tight but then that can be the case with many NY restaurants. But the atmosphere is pleasant and its great to try different foods from around the world without having to travel so... More 

Thank pjac
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is about as bad as it gets. A pseudo Saffer restaurant that perpetuates the most insulting fraud on South African cuisine. For one, there is not a South African in sight. Two, and the food has only a remote resemblance to its South African roots. And three our selection of Bobotie from the menu was greeted with an embarrassed... More 

Thank Mike W
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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183 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Try the South African wine and the "local" South African starters as a kind of shareable. I would have given a 5 but the service was average and with very little interaction. The octopus and ostrich sliders are good.

Thank Benny1965
Los Angeles
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76 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Braai was highly recommended to us by family members and it lived up to expectations. It's a small, tastefully decorated restaurant that features South African food and wines. My husband and I both had the special grilled ostrich recommended by our waiter. He told us that ostrich tastes just like filet mignon which was a very accurate description. It was... More 

Thank SusanLLosAngeles
Smithtown, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We had an early reservation after seeing an amazing Broadway show. We were hungry and ready to explore a new restaurant in the Theatre District. I chose this because I never have had South African Food before. We have had Ethiopian Food but this was going to be interesting!! The restaurant was very quiet when we arrived (5:30pm) and it... More 

Thank Bette Z
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I went to South Africa in 2010 and had been craving authentic cuisine ever since....so I was very excited to see there was a South African place so close to the hotel. We had a delicious meal and a bottle of wine for just over $100. The ambiance was nice too. Would come back again.

Thank JTrain84
Saint John, Canada
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288 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

My wife and I were invited to this Hell's Kitchen restaurant. We sat down and this lady sitting alone mentioned how she only comes for the lamb. I wasn't sure on lamb and ordered chicken. My wife ordered baby back ribs. Both were excellent! For dessert we had NY cheesecake. It was very good as well. They even had ostrich... More 

Thank Murray D
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Was expecting a bit more "South Africa" in this place. Menu a bit on the "lean" side but what we ordered was tasty. Wine overpriced: a bottle of $20 wine (in SA) will cost you $98 here. Other than a lonely South African flag stuck on the wall at the back of the restaurant, nothing to represent a South African... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 329 W 51st St, New York City, NY 10019-6422
    (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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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