106-47 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11433
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  • Daily 12pm-10:30pm
  • $$
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
A hop, skip, and a jump from JFK Airport, Maima's might be the city's only Liberian restaurant, representing a nation founded by freed slaves from the States in 1847. The cooking is an amalgam of recipes from many coastal West African nations, based on starches including polished white rice, plaintain and white-yam fufus, the Ivory Coast cassava stodge called athieke, and "dry rice," a uniquely Liberian concoction that features okra and bitter ball--a smaller cousin of eggplant. Pair any starch with any of several thick or thin soups (the menu offers suggestions), of which the best are made from cassava leaves, okra, or palm butter with a diverse selection of meat and fish. The outlandishly spicy national dish is pepper shrimp.

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  • Dish No. 15: White Yam Fufu and Mixed Meat Soup at Maima's
    Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 9:49 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    ​Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: White yam fufu and mixed meat soup at Maima's (106-47 Guy R....

  • Robert Sietsema at Maima's; Sarah DiGregorio at Paulie Gee's
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10 a.m. by Chantal Martineau

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has the "one of the hottest things" he's tasted all year: Liberian pepper shrimp at Maima's in Jamaica, Queens. Sarah DiGregorio samples the pie at Paulie Gee's, where the crust "burrows into ...

  • Set Sail for Maima's Pepper Coast
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 4 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    The West African Republic of Liberia was founded in 1847 by freed American slaves, who named their capital Monrovia, after the fifth U.S. president. Constituting an elite class, their descendants ruled the country until a coup in 19...

  • West African Pepper Shrimp from Maima's in Jamaica, Queens
    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 11:31 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    The incendiary, mouth-searing, mind-bogglingly-hot pepper shrimp at Maima's. It always happens. No sooner had I assembled a collection of the hottest dishes available in city restaurants for the Spring Supplement, than I stumbled on...


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