Located in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district, Braai is the premier South African dining experience in New York City. The restaurant itself presents a unique African bush-inspired theme that is both inviting and captivating. The atmosphere is warm and enchanting, with vaulted reed-thatch ceilings and tree trunk-lined walls exposing our guests to the aesthetic and textural diversity that is unique to Africa, providing the perfect escape from the concrete jungle and into the bush.
Of the three South African restaurants in town, Braai is the one with the broadest menu. Although nominally a barbecue joint, Braai's bill of fare also runs to biryanis (demonstrating Indian influences on the cuisine), prawns piri-piri (a fiery Angolan dish), sliders (this is New York, after all), and tribal porridges, in addition to the Boer dried meats, and oddball ostrich and mutton. A big plus is a wine list showcasing many unfamiliar South African vintages. The decor is rough-hewn, in a yawn-worthy sort of way. -- Village Voice