Le Baobab

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A dining room adorned with portraits of African-American luminaries suggests that Le Baobab, named for an African tree, has a handle on its roots. Senegalese standards such as thiebou diene (fresh fish stewed in tomato sauce with carrots, eggplant, cabbage and cassava root) and soupou kanja, a lamb stew thickened with palm oil, are spooned over ample, nutty rice. For dessert, thiakry (couscous mixed with vanilla-scented sour cream and bits of pineapple) may sound unfamiliar, but it’s as comforting as tapioca pudding.
Venue name: Le Baobab
Address: 120 W 116th St
New York
Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X
Opening hours: Daily noon–2am
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 116th St
Price: Average main course: $11. Cash only
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