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Good and Affordable uptown eats--Native on 118th St

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Good and Affordable uptown eats--Native on 118th St

dixieday | Oct 17, 2003 11:53 PM

Just came back from a nice dinner up at Native, at 118th st and lenox ave. It's a lounge-y, cool place, with a bar up front and a dining room with exposed brick, nifty wall scones, lots of plants, velvet-wrapped banquettes and a laid-back but hip Harlem crowd. There's a lot on the menu, from basil chicken with asian curry and coconut rice to Moroccan fried chicken with collards and mashers. We both got a good bowl of tomato-ey red rice, black beans with bits of onion and green olives ,garlicky spinach and fried sweet plantains. I loved that it was all served together in a bowl with each ingredient nestled up next to each other. well-flavored, carefully seasoned and just down-home tasty--like good home food. And only $10! $4 for a cold bottle of Sugar Hill Ale. They had bourbon pecan pie on the dessert menu, but we were too full. A good option if you're up in the neighborhood--service and attitude were nice too.

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