In our foreseeable future (aka what Julia writes in her Secret journal), the closest the girls and I are going to get to Africa is Merkato 55, a relatively new African restaurant in the Meat Packing district.
I’ve experienced all of the “trendy” spots downtown, and I’ll tell you this is one of my new faves. There are several communal tables which I deduct major points for, but I didn’t have to sit at one, so all was right in my world.
Without the large hand painted map of Africa on the wall, you wouldn’t know the restaurant had any particular influence by it’s decor. It’s chic and trendy without being pretentious. The staff is friendly, and the new consulting chef, well, you’re not blind…Angelo Sosa is scrumptious. Who needs food?!