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Best Restaurant in East Harlem


Owner Cheick Cisse serves no-frills West African food at this round-the-clock Ivorian restaurant with a simple approach in the kitchen and even sparser décor. Cabbies converge on New Ivoire Restaurant in the early hours to feast on chopped beef sandwiches, and lunchtime brings verdant potato leaf stew and a captivating duo of sauce arachide — heady peanut soups loaded with smoked turkey or beef. One’s a cousin of traditional tomato-based West African maafe, while the other gets thickened with blended spinach. Guests tuckered out from spearing chunks of grilled whole fish shouldn’t miss an opportunity to plunk down in the vibrating massage chair near the dining area.

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