3 Cheap Eats You Should Know About In Harlem

April 20, 2016

nic food1As restaurant prices in Harlem continue to soar, finding a inexpensive restaurant meal becomes most important. And if the inexpensive food is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, that’s the best.Here is a collection of those restaurants in Harlem, NY.

1. La Savane

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You can dine sumptuously on mafe, a Senegalese stew of lamb in a creamy peanut sauce, served with an expanse of polished white rice topped with a steamed Scotch bonnet pepper, for extra spiciness. Not hot enough? You can also ask for the chile paste known as “pima.” Also you can enjoy a grilled fish — topped with a wonderful dice of vegetables flavored, in the Franco-African manner, with mustard. Alongside a plate of attieke, the signal starch of the Ivory Coast, consisting of a manioc porridge served with a pepper puree and, somewhat oddly, a bouillon cube. A third dish is a mixed meat palm-oil sauce served with a loaf of plantain foutou. Altogether a delicious meal, washed down with ginger juice and bright red bissap, which is a punch made of hibiscus blossoms and pineapple juice. The meal cost about $45 for three.

La Savane, 239 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026, 646-484-5293


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2. Rai Rai Ken

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East Village ramen veteran Rai Rai Ken has amazed everyone by finally sprouting its first branch, in the Manhattanville just south of City College. Priced at only $8 and up — cheap by ramen standards — selections skew doctrinaire, with broths based on soy, miso, and curry, and no Tokyo-style salt ramen or fancy-pants pork bone tonkotsu. The shoyu ramen is quite fine, a light broth with singed slices of pork belly, fish cake, bamboo shoots, scallions, and a crackling sheet of nori – yum.

Rai Rai Ken, 1467 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027, 917.639-3342, http://www.eatrairaikennyc.com/

3. Ecuatoriana

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This Ecuadorian restaurant occupies a double-wide premises, with a formal dining room on one side and a juice bar, café, and carryout on the other. The ceviches here are super-sized, and great for warmer weather. Get the ceviche mixto con concha negra, which features black clams, the signature bivalves of Ecuador’s mangrove shoreline. Meal-size soups are another specialty, including weekend-only caldo de bola, which features one massive stuffed dumpling the size of a softball. You should take for granted that the roast pork and llapingachos (cheesy potato pancakes) will be fab-u-lous.

Ecuatoriana, 1685 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10031, 212.491.4626

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