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Bate African and American Restaurant

860 Melrose Ave., Bronx, NY 10451 40.823766 -73.913827
nr. 160th Street  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-401-2283 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: African/Moroccan
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, B, D at 161st St.-Yankee Stadium; 2, 4, 5 at 149th St.-Grand Concourse

Prices

$13-$15

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

10 blocks

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This venue is closed.

In this dimly lit restaurant filled with diner booths, a television plays broadcasts of West African wrestling matches while customers chirp loudly over enormous bowls of soups and stews. The kitchen specializes in the cuisine of Guinea, which draws influence from both France and North Africa. Though the menu lists a number of lunch entrees, most served with rice and smoked fish or goat, there are typically only two to three dishes served on any given afternoon. You may find earthy cassava and potato leaf stews, the former spiced with the Malian herb fakoye, or Sauce Clare, a delightfully rich stew of garden eggs and tomatoes. Regional standards like Yassa Chicken and Thiebou Yapp, buttery chicken and tender rice with caramelized onions, are frequently offered, too. And come dinnertime, additional plates of guinea fowl, lamb (dibi), and brochette (kabobs) are rolled out. For additional heat, ask for “pepper”: a fiery, sambal-like condiment often made with dried fish. No alcohol is served, but you may find solace in a bottle of homemade, zesty ginger juice. Dessert means deque, sour yogurt mixed with orbs of pearl millet. The bright flavor offers a neat resolution to your meal, hard pressed as you may be to find room for another bite.

Dishes rotate on a weekly schedule. To find out what’s available, call ahead of time.

Recommended Dishes

Sauce Clare ($10), Cassava Leaf Stew ($10), Potato Leaf Stew ($10), Fish Stew ($14), Fried or Steamed Tilapia ($14), Ginger Juice ($3), Salad ($5), Deque ($3)

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