The customer pictured might well be listening to the Sierra Leonese singer of palm wine music, Sooliman Rogie with his songs of The Joy Of Love Making, The Importance Of Children, even a tribute to his Lovely Elizabeth sung to mesmerizing, heartbeat rhythms played on the lower strings of subdued electric and acoustic guitars and, when necessary, a cello or two.
Might be, I think, because the vibe in Teranga feels musical, with tables full of families and couples eating from dishes of Liberian ruby rice, attieke imported from Ivory Coast, and ndambe, a stew of sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas from Senegal.
The restaurant maintains its feeling of communal comfort because it is not just a restaurant but also a library (with many items referring to African culture) and is in fact connected to The Africa Center where can be heard such events as children’s story time presented by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Its location at the northwest corner of Central Park makes it an ideal spot to kick off or take a break from further exploration of Harlem, both east and west. Close to its front door is the monument to Duke Ellington whose bronze likeness stands atop a granite plinth along with a representation of his baby grand piano. Across the street is the Conservatory Garden of Central Park and the Harlem Meer, a beautiful lake with lushly edged pathways, and the adjacent rose garden.
2/3 Train to 110th Street.