Pikine New York – Senegalese restaurant

restaurants
Restaurants

Come to "Pikine" in NYC to eat shoulder-to-shoulder with Senegalese people!

People newly settled into Harlem between 110th and 116th Street intermingle on neighbourhood sidewalks; gentrifiers are easily spotted at expensive sidewalk cafés; the Wolof people are harder to find.

I was drawn into one of their cafés accidentally, out of curiosity. On 116th Street, under a black awning shouting 'African Food' and through its glass-walled frontage, I could see people shoulder to shoulder, socially engaged, sharing broad communal plates of colourful food.

Feeling peckish, I joined them.

Lunchtime it was and Wolof, the language spoken. Sokhna, the lone server told me the sixteen or so fellow diners stuffed into the few tables and one long banquette was a typical size lunchtime crowd.

On the lunch menu were four types of Thiebou (a stew of cassava, carrots, eggplants, cabbage and cauliflower mixed with fish, chicken, lamb or guinea fowl crowning a mountain of red, brown or white rice), Sulukh (fish and okra in peanut sauce), and Maffe (lamb and vegetables in peanut sauce on white rice), and more.

The Wolof people are the largest ethnic group in (roughly) the northwestern area of Senegal. Their recorded history is known mainly from the 15th century (as written by the Portuguese) though their traditions of culture and caste have dominated north-central Senegal for much of the past 800 years.

It wasn't until the 1890s that Colonial rulers effectively halted the slave trade in which Wolofs had played a facilitatory role, slaves having frequently passed through Wolof lands before arriving at the coast.

About this spot

243 West 116th Street

12:00 - 03:00 daily

Lunchtime menu:

US$

15

+1

6469227015

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in New York

Gospel Music – Harlem Sundays

In every New York city church with music I've explored, I've found those qualities at churches in Harlem. Gospel music moves me like few other things can.

music
Music

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

Sculpture Center – Gallery for emerging art

"Sculpture Center" in New York is one of the most vibrant sculpture galleries in New York. The basement is often overlooked, but it's my favorite part!

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Paula

Ryszkiewicz

Da Capo – Cannabidiol - 'Mother’s Little Helper'

"Da Capo" in New York serves coffee with CBD, a cannabis-derived product. In this neighborhood plagued by banks and chain coffee shops, it stands alone...

relaxing
Relaxing
snacks
Snacks

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

Charles' Pan Fried Chicken – Southern everything

"Charles' Pan Fried Chicken" in NYC makes the best soul food in Harlem, and how I got to find out about it is a curious story...

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

National Black Theater – Harlem

"National Black Theater" in New York is among the oldest Black Theaters in the country, one of the longest owned and operated by women of color...

arts&culture
Art & culture
theater
Theaters

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

High Rock Park – Yes, there is hiking in NYC!

"High Rock Park" is a magical place in NYC where you can hear the sounds of birds calling rather than car horns & see tree branches instead of tel. poles.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Paula

Ryszkiewicz

Socrates Sculpture Park – Outdoor cultural gem

"Socrates Sculpture Park", my oasis in Astoria, combines two of my favorite things about New York City: outdoor public spaces & ambitious, inventive art...

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Paula

Ryszkiewicz

Isamu Noguchi in New York – Public sculpture

This Isamu Noguchi sculpture in New York in front of the Noguchi Museum, the 1940 'News' represents the height of Art Deco design in both theme & material.

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

Bund on Broadway – Soup dumplings

"Bund on Broadway" is one of the most popular restaurants on Astoria's restaurant row in New York. I always go straight fo the famous pork soup dumplings.

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Paula

Ryszkiewicz

Silvana – Live music, café, boutique

"Silvana" is a large cafe, boutique, shawarma and falafel bar in NYC that also offers live music performances on their downstairs stage. Great acts!

arts&culture
Art & culture
bars
Bars
music
Music
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Geoffrey

Dunbar

Dutch Kills – Upholding cocktail culture in Queens

"Dutch Kills" in New York isn't hiding it's one of the best bars in the city, but it isn't publicizing the fact, either. No password to enter, however!

bars
Bars

By

Nick

Papa

Molly's – Cozy up any time of year

"Molly's" is an Irish New York pub that doesn't just claim to be authentic, it lives up to it. The sawdust on the floor makes it feel like it's from...

bars
Bars

By

Craig

Nelson

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in New York

Get to know our Spotters from New York

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.