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NYARW: 9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss New York African Restaurant Week

  There are two things that undeniably bring people together- food and music. New York Africa Restaurant Week (NYARW) is looking to bring everyone together with food, and some music too. During October 1- 22, in


There are two things that undeniably bring people together- food and music. New York Africa Restaurant Week (NYARW) is looking to bring everyone together with food, and some music too. During October 1- 22, in New York City, the African community and others can explore food from the Africa and the diaspora, and so much more in both, Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can find pre-fixe menus of 25 restaurants with authentic cuisine from Algeria, South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopian, Caribbean, Jamaica, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Haiti and more.    


Beyond the participating restaurants having pre-fixe menus during this time, there are so many more reasons to love NYARW. Applause Africa is here to give you just a few reasons why NYARW is so special to the community, and why you should participate.


Mega Gastro Afrique Food Festival and Day Party– Sunday, October 8

Festivals in general are fun, but then you add the African flavor on it and its EPIC. With over 30 restaurants and vendors you’ll be able to buy spices, food, beer, wine and more from the continent and diaspora. Demonstrations and tastings from celebrity and emerging chefs will also be happening during the day. Let us not forget the Afrobeats day party to dance off all the food you’ll be eating throughout the day.


If food and music isn’t enough there will also be over 20 vendors and exhibitors with art, fashion, beauty, and cultural items to enjoy and purchase.


Community Donations Harvest Day (Oct. 5 & 12) and Vocal Day (Oct. 4 & 11)

Giving back to the community and those less fortunate is important. NYARW has teamed up with non-profits City Harvest and Vocal to donate a portion made from the lunch and dinner pre-fixe menu on the specific dates. Even more reason to go out and eat.


Dine-In Movie Series- Oct. 13 & 15

Netflix and chill? How about you dine-in and watch a movie with your friends or bae. As if it couldn’t get any better there will be a special dinner and cocktail menu to go with the screening of The Dance Movie Project better known as TDMP.  This event is in partnership with Lexxistalking Entertainment and the movie showcases afrobeats dance.


On Oct. 13 it all takes place at Buka Restaurant, voted best Nigerain restaurant in New York, on Oct. 15 the restaurant is to be announced.


Here’s the movie trailer.


Chef Imoteda- Oct. 14

Founder and head chef of Heels in the Kitchen is on the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour, and she’s making a stop in New York. This Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, make-up artist, and mother will be making her debut in New York and you don’t want to miss it. She will be presenting 4-course tasting menus throughout the day including two brunch and two dinners for this pop-up experience.



As if eating and attending all these great events weren’t enough, you have plenty of chances to win the following prizes:

  • 21 Days of Free Dinner for two
  • Roundtrip airfare for two to anywhere South African Airways flies
  • An all-inclusive luxury stay and safari trip to Ghana, courtesy of Immersion Journeys
  • Nando’s Peri Peri hot sauce goodie bags


By buying tickets to specific events during NYARW or engaging on social media. You can find all the details on the website.


Linner is for Lovers- Oct. 15

A lunch and dinner-linner- experience brought to you by Madiba Restaurant, Travel Sommelier, and South Africa Tourism this year features a 6-course menu and wine tasting event. This event is more like an experience immersing you in South Africa. As soon as you step in the restaurant and hear the house music playing consider yourself in the country. The authentic food accompanied by a presentation on the wine pairings from sommelier, Darren Humphreys, and travel tips from the South African Tourism will having you booking your vacation there in no time.


Jollof Without Borders– Oct.15

Jollof. Enough said.


Food Business Pitch Competition- Oct. 20

Everyone wants to start a business these days because its sexy. The food industry is definitely not off limits in the entrepreneurial landscape we’re in today. NYARW is giving the community an opportunity to present to some of the top venture capitalist, incubators, and accelerators in the world.

This competition gives start-up food industry companies a chance to pitch their business in this “turn the tables” event. An opportunity will be given to 10 teams or individuals to present in the pop-up pitch portions of the competition, then five will become finalist to pitch and compete for the $2,500 prize. Come see who wins.


James Beard Dinner– Oct. 7

Odyssey across Africa with an 8-course dinner from six world-renowned chefs from various countries on the continent. In partnership with the James Beard Foundation the evening is expected to be exquisite and take your taste buds to new levels of flavor with chefs Pierre Thiam, Victor Bongo, Selassie Atadika, Nadine Nelson, Serge Pambo, and Charmain Sithappah will be making sure of it.


For more information on all the events taking place and to purchase tickets visit nyarw.com

Kimberly Jacobs
Harlem, NY – Kimberly Jacobs is a culture and lifestyle journalist from Los Angeles romanticizing about life in her free time. Follow her @thejournalist25 on social media and www.thejournalist25.com
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