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West Africa Market
Nearby Subway Stops
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
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This venue is closed.
The pungent, heavy aromas of spices, fish, and musk cuts through the less savory smells near the Port Authority. If the ripe scent isn’t enough of a draw, the tails of dried codfish offer their own bleached welcome, draped over the top of a burlap sack, while Ghana yams sit in front of sun-faded posters of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and a pilgrim-thronged Mecca during the hajj. Inside, large containers offer produce, shrimp powder, Moroccan sardines, and yucca. There’s also a wide variety of groceries from overseas, from vacuum-packed coffee to basmati rice to plantain chips. Though the shop’s dim fluorescent lighting and tumbledown, dilapidated interior can be off-putting, those looking for specific West African ingredients or a story to tell should walk on in.