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39 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003 40.738322 -73.989469
between Park Avenue So. and Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-7775 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Singles Scene




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It takes its name from the famously exotic island off the coast of Kenya, but Lamu’s connections to Africa turn out to be more nostalgic than anything else (the owner is Eritrean). The dining room consists of clubby downtown hues of midnight and sky blue, and the ceilings are hung with the kind of circular lampshades that used to be fashionable, once upon a time, in vanished bull-market Manhattan. Chef Michael Burbella, formerly of Gramercy Tavern, has constructed his menu in a similarly familiar bistro form. The best of the appetizers involves that very dependable, un-African ingredient, foie gras. There are three satisfactory seafood dishes to choose from, particularly the black bass (served with swiss chard) and the roasted cod, which is spiked with saffron and laid over a pile of Jerusalem artichokes. Among poultry items, the duck and roast chicken are both expertly cooked, and the squab's downright superior. It’s pressed flat, roasted crisp around the edges, and flavored with a hint of cocoa. Cocoa, of course, is a favorite African ingredient. At Lamu, it’s as close to the old country as you’re likely to get. —Adam Platt

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