This week, Our Man has discovered a Nigerian place in East New York, Brooklyn—and he is really psyched, because although Our Man frequents all manner of African places around the city, a reliable Nigerian spot had eluded him until now.
Not anymore! Enter Festac Grill, where chef/owner Abiodun Imasuen serves several dishes that Our Man thinks are fantastic. (Although he has to convince her that he does indeed like spice before she’ll let him order.)
When Imasuen is finally persuaded that Our Man really does want to sample her wares, she comes up with a wonderful goat pepper soup, “bursting” with offal—”kidney, liver, tripe, jelly-like skin, and other anatomic features normally known only to veterinarians.”
Our Man also enjoys a simpler fish pepper soup, and the poached porgy. Our Man also approves of the bar snacks, including beef kebabs coated in crushed peanuts.
On a related note, I just found this website, which has a bunch of Nigerian recipes, in case you want to try those dishes at home.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 6, 2008