Le Baobab Restaurant, 120 West 116th St, (212) 864-4700. Le Baobab Restaurant, located in Harlem’s Petit Sénégal neighborhood on 116th Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues, features Senegalese food. Thiebu Djen, fish stewed in a rich tomato sauce with eggplant, carrots, cassava, and white cabbage, is the recommended dish. It’s served over exotic rice with tomato. While they do not serve alcohol, many homemade beverages are available including one made with the restaurant’s namesake baobab fruit.
Senegal isn’t playing in the World Cup this year, but the restaurant will be supporting the United States and any team from Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Algeria. At Le Baobab you can cheer along with cab drivers stopping in for some refreshments and to check on the scores before heading back out to the streets.