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“Great Signature Drinks!”
Review of Buka

Buka
Ranked #3,030 of 5,418 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Cuisines: African
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Great Signature Drinks!”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

I just had a Brooklyn 'Sex In The City" moment. I was picking up dry cleaning when my cell rings. It's my dear freind Claudette, "What are you doing, come and have a drink with me I'm at Buka's!" "Where is it? What did you say?" She replies, "Buka's on Fulton and St James" Ten minutes later I am sitting in front of a large glass window full of sunshine at a beautiful bar, listening to Melodi by Hugh Masekela; sipping on the most refreshing ginger and mint cocktail ever. We laughed and talked I had one or two more. We left by 6:00 and I was at home in the heights fixing hubby his din din by 6:30......What more can I say than...Living life like it's golden!

946 Fulton St, Brooklyn 11238
(Btwn St James & Cambridge Pl)

  • Visited October 2011
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“Authentic Nigerian Fare in the Heart of Brooklyn”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

For good food I'm willing to go just about anywhere -- well, just about. And I'm sure hardcore foodies (which not to be mistaking I'm not) will certainly agree. Thus when the opportunity presented itself to trek out to Brooklyn, to Buka, I immediately seized it.

Being of Nigerian heritage, I'd searched unsuccessfully for restaurants specializing in the regional fare, for years, and thankfully a good friend turned up with a discovery that turned out to be precisely what I'd been looking for.

Buka (which could stand for cafeteria in Yoruba) is a restaurant and bar that features mostly southern Nigerian grub in the area of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. I would say the menu is pretty comprehensive and features authentic specialties spanning a selection of starters, mains, and sides (which really could be ordered in variety to make a meal).

Some items on the menu may be recognizable (by comparison) to diners not terribly familiar with the cuisine such as, 'Suya', a kebab of sorts, grilled pieces of meat seasoned with Nigerian spices, to give it a distinctive flavor, 'Dundun', essentially, sweet potato fries, and 'Dodo', which would be known to lovers of Caribbean cuisine as platanos/fried plantains.

On this particular visit, to start, I had the 'Moi Moi', a kind of bean cake, if you will, reminiscent of Latin American tomales, except 'moi moi' is made with finely blended beans vs corn in the case of tomales. It is seasoned to a savory taste and has a variety of ingredients, including some cases, fish and boiled eggs, to give it some added flavor -- simply delicious. My companion had the 'Akara' which is pretty much made from the same batter as moi moi but instead, it is fried (so sort of a savory fritter) and has no fish (which worked for her since she's vegetarian).

Carrying on to Mains, again, given that my dinner companion is vegetarian, she opted for making a meal out of sides: ewa (beans.. stewed), Spinach (or 'efo' as known locally), chopped and seared, and, 'Jellof rice', a sort of curried rice using stewed tomato sauce. She remarked that she enjoyed them all.

I on the other hand had what's designated on the menu as a type of 'fufu', for familiarity sake, I'd imagine, (though known locally as 'Iyan'), which can be perhaps loosely compared to mashed potatoes--with a more condensed consistency. It's made out of mashed 'yams' (think along the lines of yucca rather than sweet potatoes here) and is served with a variety of thick sauces (which Nigerians commonly refer to as soups). I went for the one prepared with crushed melon seeds (egusi), spinach and typically smoked/dried fish, etc. Plus, at Buka, you also have a choice of additions: goat, 'Igbin' (snails), chicken, tilapia, etc.

Portions run on the larger side (I guess once you leave Manhattan everything tends to be bigger), so bring your appetite. Price points are also pretty reasonable but note that Buka is cash only, so plan accordingly. Worry not though, should you happen to forget to make a withdrawal prior to heading out, an ATM conveniently sits at the entrance to the restaurant.

  • Visited July 2011
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