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Senegalese in Staten Island, near the ferry (and a question about the neighborhood)

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Senegalese in Staten Island, near the ferry (and a question about the neighborhood)

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JackS | | Mar 3, 2010 12:41 PM

I had lunch today at Mai, a Senegalese restaurant in Staten Island on Victory Blvd. near Corson. I didn't have high expectations, but I was curious about the place and hadn't had Senegalese good for many months, so I checked it out. I was very pleasantly surprised. I got a dish called "debe," a grilled lamb dish that came dressed with onions and a lemony sauce -- not like yassa, but more subtle. It also came with a fiery hot sauce (I like spicy food) and a side of sweet plaintains. At the owner's recommendation, I also got a homemade ginger drink that was kind of like ginger beer, which was also quite good. My one complaint is that the lamb meat was tougher than I usually like it, but it so flavorful that it wasn't a big deal.

Incidentially, this area (Tompkinsville, I guess) seems to have a remarkably diverse array of cuisines: besides the Senegalese food I ate, I saw Polish, Italian, Trinidadian, and Mexican restaurants, and I've eaten Sri Lankan food a few blocks down Victory Blvd. I wonder if anyone has any recommendations as to the other options in the area.

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