Cobbled together of salvaged wood and Quonset-hut tin, it might be a grog shop in Soweto. There's a shelf crowded with handwoven baskets, a couple of ostrich eggs, and a row of kero- sene lanterns suspended near the ceiling—as if the electricity might flicker off at any moment. In the open kitchen, a multihued crew turns out wildly divergent fare reflecting influences from India, Malaysia, England, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Madiba is New York's first South African restaurant, and rarely has the energy and culture of a foreign country been so dramatically evoked in one tiny space—like an Epcot Center... More >>>