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African American Restaurant Marayway (E. 170th St. & Sheridan Ave.) - any recent reports?

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I'm going to be in that area on Monday and am wondering whether it's a good place to grab a late lunch. I can't find much online (just one Yelp review from '08), although there is a brief mention of it in this old thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4264...

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African American Restaurant Maryway
218 E 170th St, Bronx, NY 10456

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  1. I've been going a lot over the last few weeks doing, and every dish I've had has been excellent. The mafe is particularly good; unlike peanut butter soups at a lot of other West African joints, the flavor is successfully integrated into the dish as a whole. They have a limited selection (the place is pretty damn shabby), but I don't think anything is really a no go. No ginger drinks though! Have you been to Bate?

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    African American Restaurant Maryway
    218 E 170th St, Bronx, NY 10456

    Bate
    860 Melrose Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

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    1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

      Thanks, that's encouraging. I have not been to Bate. I almost never get to the Bronx, and I can't recall ever eating in a restaurant there (which is kind of embarrassing, come to think of it). I know almost nothing about West African food - just trying to expand my horizons. I appreciate your help!

      1. re: small h

        No problem. Bate is an excellent Guinean restaurant. They have a larger menu. What I'm trying to say is, Maraway's menu is very limited because of the size. Still great, though!

        1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

          Thwarted. I walked into Maraway around 1:30pm and stood around for a while, but no one appeared. The only sign of life was a spray bottle of cleanser on a table. So I went across the street and had rice & peas at the patty place, which was...rice & peas. Oh, well.

          1. re: small h

            Bummer. Hope you can make it back sometime soon.