165 west 26 st, btw 6th and 7th ave.
On my rare night out wandering the street I've eaten my home made oat & sprouted purple rice crackers and my apple. Still can't go home, yet. Hungry. On the verge of breaking the no eating out policy....R.U.B. was out of the Burnt Ends. In the rain i let my feet take me, trusting somehow....
Came upon this steam table self service place.
It took some courage to go in without feeling I'm intruding. I did anyway, checked out the selections. with the help of a friendly man getting his food I learned that it's West African cooking, with just one selection of Caribbean curry chicken at the time. Many were the other unfamiliar selections that i later found out the names of:
Sauce Graine Poulet ou Viande (Palm Nut sauce with chicken or lamb), African Ragout, Sauce Arachide Viande & Poulet (Peanut stew with beef and chicken), Sauce Gombo Sec poisson et viande (what I got was the lamb with okra-delicious), boulette de poulet (chicken meat balls), Sauce Feuille patate/manioc/epinard (Beef potato or cassava or spinach leaf sauce), sauce Claire, Sauce Oseille (sorrel sauce with beef), soupe Kandia (lamb & fish palm oil sauce)....etc.. There were so much more...Also a cow feet stew that I almost thought was pigs fee, but later realized that this was a Halal restaurant...so yeah, cow's feet. Tasty. Also i liked their crushed rice dishes, which the man explained to me that they get that way from being rubbing against each other and rinsing in water.
I sampled little of a lot, (lots of bones, which makes it tasty, but maybe not for those who are used to boneless everything) and it cost me just $5. The nice man offered to sit with me amidst the African diners talking and enjoying their food.
I feel fortunate I got to taste something new to me, despite the infrequency of chowhounding these days.....thanking my chowhound stars.