Liberian restaurants in NY
I hear there's a really good restaurant in Jamaica (Queens)- Maima's Liberian Bistro & Bar. (couldn't find a website)
(My cousin went there for his mom's bday party and gave it high marks)
I plan on going sometime soon - like this weekend and will post my opinion.
Excited to go because I've been hard-pressed to find a restaurant in NY that specializes in Liberian food.
So, I went to Maima's in Queens this past weekend . Full Disclosure: Found out it is owned by cousins of mine (who I obviously don't keep in touch with much, since I had NO idea). It's modest in decor, but nice. Their menu offers breakfast, lunch with things like lamb skewers, and other assortments, plus specialty Liberian dishes that vary on different days.
Saturday's offer was Cassava Leaf (made in palm oil) and Chicken Gravy. We ordered both since I was with two friends - one Liberian and one friend who had never tried our cuisine. It was really, really good. They give you a HUGE plate of rice for each entree, and the cost was $20 for both dishes.
Gravy is similar to Southern American "Smothered Chicken". The chicken is fried slightly, gravy made separately, then steam all together. The Cassava Leaf is well, you just have to taste it for yourself. She serves it with Liberian fried pepper.
Other Liberian dishes offered include:
Palava Sauce (not the way the Senegalese or Ivorians make it), Palm Butter, Toboge (Tog-bo-Ghee), etc... Can't wait to go back because there's nothing like food that tastes home cooked. It really is good (even if my aunt made it.) :)