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Yolélé

1108 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.681278 -73.956584
nr. Franklin Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-622-0101 Send to Phone

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

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Official Website

yolele.com

Nearby Subway Stops

C, S at Franklin Ave.; 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Lunch

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Profile

This venue is closed.

Despite the prevalence of peanut stews in West Africa, you don't expect to see the jumbo-size jar of Skippy on the kitchen shelf at Yolélé, the African-inspired restaurant in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The whiff of truffle oil in the mango-avocado salad's dressing comes as even more of a surprise. But this is New York, not Dakar, and the Senegalese chef, Pierre Thiam, has probably picked up as much cooking in SoHo and South Beach as he did back home. The booming African soundtrack transports you—as does the décor of ornately carved masks and benches. The plates, too, are works of art, and their contents are elegantly arranged: Skewered lamb didi haoussa is marinated in spicy peanut sauce and served with an even spicier tomato purée. That Skippy comes in handy for vegetarian mafé, the traditional Senegalese stew (if only the rice weren't so crusty). Thiam ventures into Pan-African territory with Nigerian akara (black-eyed-pea fritters) and Moroccan couscous but returns to Senegal for tiakri, the milky millet dessert that might be an acquired taste. For something more familiar, try the deliciously sharp ginger juice, with a flavor that translates into any culinary language.

Brunch

Sat-Sun, 9am-2pm

Recommended Dishes

Black-eyed pea fritters, $5; mango avacado salad, $8

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