This West African market distributes Senegalese food and ingredients all around the country, but it's worth stopping in for a visit to learn more about a cuisine that doesn't get much love in New York.
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Joloff, a Senegalese restaurant in Clinton Hill, wears its divided loyalties on its sleeve. One might even say it revels in them—there are signs proclaiming love for both Africa and Brooklyn scattered throughout the dining room. It's a family-run restaurant open since 1995, though just a few years ago they underwent a renovation to make the interior (and the menu) more modern. One of the great things about this menu overhaul is a full selection of vegan entrees.
This is the carrot soup for people who hate carrot soup. There is something very surprising about this soup--how creamy and rich it is without a trace of cream (milk is used instead), the surprisingly perfect affinity of sweet carrots with complex curry spices.
Le Grand Dakar brings the spirit of the Sahel to an ordinary, brownstone-heavy block in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The restaurant exudes warmth, from the tan and blond wood used throughout the dining area to the photos of smiling schoolchildren in uniforms lining the walls to the gorgeous, all-Senegalese waitstaff to the world jazz playing on the stereo.