Best Senegalese New York 2013 - Joloff
Papa Diagne wasn't cooking like this when he lived in Senegal. There, men don't cook. But for 17 years in Brooklyn, he's been doing his mother country proud. In its colorful new location in Bed-Stuy, Joloff provides the same comforting, carefully prepared dishes that made it a Clinton Hill staple for years. The rice for which the restaurant is named is deeply savory and a worthy order, but the star of the menu is the deceptively simple Yassa Ganar: It's just chicken with lemon and onion, but never before has onion stood up to citrus acidity so tenaciously. You should also trust Diagne when he says that peanut butter, okra, and lamb make a good combo (they do).