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cathrynz May 4, 2007 07:50 AM

I have an out of town friend coming to the City who is eager to eat really good, authentic Ghanaian food, as she has been unable to get it where she lives in NC. Any recommendations? I'm in the LES so if its in town, great, but we'll happily head north if the food is good!

Thanks!

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    merrymc May 4, 2007 09:41 AM

    There is one place in Harlem that serves Ghana/Ivory Coast food. Super-friendly staff. It's called Florence's, on Frederick Douglass Ave. between 113th and 144th Sts.

    There is also an excellent place in the Bronx called Aziza way up on White Plains Road right off the 2 train. It is a combination restaurant-African DVD rental-fabric store-"natural pharmacy." The food is very authentic (no menu -- you sort of just ask them to make things for you or ask them what is good), and the immigrants from Ghana and surrounding areas are always stopping in to rent/watch DVDs or buy stuff. The cooks, who are also the store owners, are very friendly (last time I went in one of them sat down with me and showed me a Nigerian magazine, and we looked through it together, her explaining the significance of all the dresses and head wraps).

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      Dandel May 5, 2007 12:20 PM

      how is their fufu, banku, wakye, jolof rice, and kenkey?

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        Uptownflavor May 5, 2007 01:17 PM

        I'd be interested in knowing about their peanut butter soup as well.

    2. Steve R May 4, 2007 02:41 PM

      As mentioned, Florence's. Here's the link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322376 I've gone back since the review I wrote on that thread and liked it just as much.

      1. Uptownflavor May 5, 2007 11:58 AM

        Sigh...Florence's is about the only Ghanaian restaurant that I know about. Most of the others tend to Senegalese or Ethiopian. There has been a lot of buzz about Florence's on this board so I recommend doing a quick search and see what pulls up. Let's see if this sticks.

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          cathrynz May 11, 2007 01:11 PM

          Thanks, everyone! We are headed to Florence's for lunch on Wednesday.

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            Peter Cherches May 11, 2007 02:49 PM

            Enjoy! I was just back last month. The food was just as good, the people just as nice. The peanut butter soup is quite good. It's listed under both Ghanaian and Ivorian. I asked what the difference was and the waiter said "same thing." I'm very fond of the spinach stew, and especially the attieke poisson braise. I really hate fufu & kenkey, so I'm not a judge on those. I think the jollof rice may be uneven. It wasn't as good last time as before.

            Do not miss the kelewele. I repeat, do not miss the kelewele.

            http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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