(NEW YORK, NY – 2018) This fall, New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) will once again take NYC food lovers on gastronomical exploration of the richness and diversity African cuisine and culture. In its sixth year, NYARW 2018 offers New York’s food lovers affordable prix-fix three-course meals at over 25 African and African-inspired restaurants between October 5 and October 21, 2018. The 2-week citywide urban celebration is anchored by the NYARW Festival, a one-day food, arts, community and culture extravaganza taking place at MIST Harlem ( 46 West 116th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd), on Saturday October 13th, 2018, Noon – 8PM.

The African Restaurant Week is a celebration of the African Diaspora, African cuisine, and culinary global influence. This year’s festival will feature lunch and dinner menus from some of New York City’s most renowned and celebrated African restaurants. Attendees will enjoy cuisines and flavors representing various regions of the African continental, with menus ranging from traditional African dishes to avant-garde “Afro-fusion” plates. Participating restaurants for NYARW 2018 include La Savane, Ponty Bistro, Buka, Lenox Sapphire, Amarachi, Tsion Cafe, Massawa, Cafe Rue Dix, Le Baobab, Bati, and among the many.

Event Spotlight

NYARW Kick-Off – Friday, Oct 5, 2018: New York African Restaurant week kicks off across the city with over 25 restaurants presenting special 3-course menus and hosting special events to officiate the launch of the festival.

Odyssey Across Africa: James Beard Dinner – Friday, Oct 5, 2018: Nine celebrity African chefs present a transporting feast celebrating their homelands as part of the sixth annual New York African Restaurant Week in partnership with the James Beard Foundation.

Location: James Beard House

(Price 140 member prices $180.00 per person for general public, RSVP/Confirmation of attendance encouraged) Visit – https://www.jamesbeard.org/events/odyssey-across-africa-2

African Restaurant Week Festival  A Grand Tasting (Time for “Ariya”. time to party in Yoruba):

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 12 noon – 8PM – 46 West 116 th Street, between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (Prices are as follows: Adults $25.00 (includes 2 restaurant tastings) $5 for each additional tasting ticket.

  • Over 20 restaurants/food vendors representing cuisines from all of Africa – North, South, East and West
  • Local/International/celebrity/emerging chefs
  • Chef demos, and goodie bag giveaways
  • Live DJ performances, special music performances, and an Afrobeats day party

A Taste of Africa With No Boundaries featuring chefs Victor Bongo, Charmain Sithappah and Kevin Lewis on Monday October 8th at Mist Harlem Restaurant.

A Taste of Congo and Senegal featuring celebrity chefs Victor Bongo from Congo and Elhadji Cisse from Senegal on Tuesday October 9th at Ponty Bistro Restaurant Harlem.

AfroEatz Dinning Experience

This is a dining experience showcasing the African continent influence on Caribbean cuisine. Each of our celebrity chefs will present 3 dishes to diners. Diners will journey through an array of dishes in a beautiful, dining experience with music, spirits and conversation. Featuring celebrity chefs Nadege Fleurimond, Alain Lemaire and Kermit Ray.

A Taste of Nigeria and Ghana

A Taste of Africa Dinner – Nigeria and Ghana (traditional and Fusion dishes. Featuring Chef Segun Odofa  and Barbara Naadjie as they take you on a culinary trip across Nigeria and Ghana.

“Within the rapidly burgeoning culinary scene in NYC, New York African Restaurant Week presents an exciting and unique opportunity to celebrate the best of African culture and is a great tool for social and economic and cultural impact and development,” said Akin Akinsanya, Founder of NY African Restaurant Week. A mission-driven festival, NYARW aims to promote emerging African voices in the global culinary movement, foster communal and cultural ties in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area, support the economic development of locally owned food businesses, and increase access to African influenced healthy food choices in our neighborhoods and communities.

Alongside restaurant experiences, the city-wide urban festival will include over 20 special events geared toward advancing the conversation/interaction between food and art, culture and community, entertainment and entrepreneurship. These include chef-hosted dinners by emerging and celebrity chefs, various cooking classes showcasing traditional and healthy cooking techniques from across the African Diaspora, cocktail parties, wine tastings, panel discussions, and more. NYARW 2018 kicks off on Friday October 5th with the Odyssey Across Africa dinner at the esteemed James Beard House, where nine chefs will explore the rich history of African and African-inspired cuisine for a guest list of New York City’s dignitaries in the African diaspora. The occasion will be complemented by various kick-off events merging food, music and culture at various restaurants including Lenox Sapphire, Buka African Restaurant in Brooklyn, Ponty Bistro in Harlem and Solomon and Kuff, Massawa, Queen of Sheba, Tagine.

For a full list of participating restaurants by borough, prix-fixe menus, Food Festival details, event tickets and gift vouchers, visit www.nyarw.com. Follow @AfricanRestaurantWeek on Instagram and @NYAfricanRestaurantWeek on Facebook for daily updates and competitions.

Please contact us at [email protected] for all questions.


Sept 28, 2017: Food Tank, “Seven New York Chefs Celebrating African Culture and Cooking”

Sep 6, 2017: Blavity, “Here’s Where To Dine For NYC African Restaurant Week

Sep 6, 2017: Harlem World, “NY African Restaurant Week Festival 2017 From Harlem To Hollis

Oct 2, 2016: News 12 Brooklyn, “New York African Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Brooklyn

May 15, 2015: CNN, “Inside Africa New York City | NYARW

June 1, 2015: NBC, “New York African Restaurant Week 2015

Sep 22, 2014: Forbes, “Top 10 African Restaurants in New York City

May 4, 2014: CCTV News, “New York Hosts 1 Week Celebration of African Cuisine and Culture

Nov 7, 2013: Arise Entertainment 360, “Pierre Thiam”



Press Team
New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) 2018
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