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Braai
Braai
  • Address:
    329 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    Neighborhood:
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    African
    Price: $30 and under

Braai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.braainyc.com
  • Email: info@braainyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 315-3315
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm
    Lunch:Mon-Fri 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Armando Martinez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Brandy/Private room available for bookings up to 12 and main dining floor accommodates private functions and corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Tarita (212) 315-3315

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 8th and 9th Avenues
  • Public Transit: C & E trains to 50th Street and 8th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot on the block.
A word from Braai
Braai (South African for barbeque) is Manhattans only contemporary South African restaurant and brandy bar. Showcasing game meats and a diverse spectrum of culinary influences (Malay, Portuguese, French, Dutch & German) that create the fabric of our rainbow cuisine. Set under a vaulted thatch ceiling and tree trunk lined walls, it brings a little piece of the bush & "braaivleis" to the concrete jungle.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Intimate atmosphere, marvelous TAPAS, and a South African wine list, we always choose BRAAI for a wonderful pre-theater dinner. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Not even able to enjoy! They call me to cancel my reservation because it was "too late"."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I went here Saturday. Once my food arrived, after a few bites my first thoughts were "I'm coming back soon and can't imagine not ordering this (octopus, lamb chops, green beans) again. I came back the next day."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It's easy to walk by this lower level hideout on 51st street - but don't. I went for the first time this past weekend and plan to bring back friends and a date. The brunch was a fantastic deal: 10-15 bucks for a unique South African twist on brunch and lunch classics and 12 bucks for a LEGIT bottomless mimosa - with more than equal parts champagne. The server was efficient, helpful, and quick to refill our glasses within the allotted two hour window. She even gave us one big final pour when the check came. My friend and I lingered with our drinks for a good 45 minutes after our meal and never felt rushed - even with a full house. NOTE: the place may be undergoing some cosmetic changes. It no longer matches earlier photos."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Was a good experience. Great service. Although place was under construction."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Might be the best thing on the menu! Second time coming here and love it more everytime."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Food is good and beyond the usual. You find interesting South African dishes with game meet and spices. As other reviewers have already noted, the interior of the Restaurant Looks definitly not as it is on the Website. The Service can not claim to be among the fastest."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "On a recent Sunday morning our party of 7 tried Braai. While the menu was interesting on line the menu at the restaurant was different and our vegetarian friends did not get what that hoped for. Waiters reply to our asking difference between online and actual, "I guess it changed." Not sorry, how can we help. Not, we should correct that. Went downhill from there. Drink orders never came, had to all but wave flags to get waiter to come by, and on and on. If I were the owner and saw this behavior by my staff I would have a massive retraining or aimply fire them!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was okay. We really went for the unlimited mimosas but they were out so they gave us bellinis. The waiters were quick to pour a drink but were hard to get a hold of otherwise. It was an okay experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I highly recommend the wine. Food was awesome. We were looking to try new things. We had the deviled chicken livers, really good especially with the house made perri perri sauce. We had a couple different versions of ostrich entrees and both were delicious. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This was by Far the WORST service ever. We left after an hour went by and our appetizer STILL did not come out. It took someone a half hour to come over and take our drink order. It was two sodas and another 20 Minutes to get our soda. We can't say anything about the food because we never ate. It was the most ridiculous thing ever and the waitress was rude when we said we were leaving."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Need I say more?! We had a great time during Sunday Brunch! The service was very slow at first but it picked up when they realized we were a pretty needy group."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I first tried Braai when it opened - and admittedly it was for dinner whereas this time was lunch, but they've definitely lost their initial enthusiasm and it shows. The place looks and feels run-down, the bathrooms are messy, the service staff bored and indifferent and even the food was lackluster. Grew up in southern Africa so know a little something about how the food should have tasted...the pap was more like polenta, the boerwoors were as skinny as merguez and much drier than they should have been - all in all, a HUGE disappointment!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This South African inspired restaurant is a great find amidst all the sameness in dining options. Start with delicious mini corn(?) muffins served with butter and jam, a lovely change from plain bread. Ostrich steak was tender and flavorful, a welcome alternative to beef, which has been spoiled over the years by removing tenderizing fat. Choose several among the many tapas options (with very generous portions) to make a mixed dish with unique flavors. Staff was cheerful and did all they could to enable diners to enjoy their time here. Ambience was pleasant with whitewashed walls and many large candles throughout, a charming look. This is worth making the trek from the East Side, and should be a definite stop for theatre-goers."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "One of the most misleading restaurant websites EVER. The interior decor is NOTHING like what the website leads you to believe. The menu on the website is massively outdated;the menu onsite is missing several of the items that are advertised online. My girlfriend and I went here looking for specific items based on the website menu and were disappointed when we got there and learned that the items were no longer being served. While some of the dishes that we tried were good, others were underwhelming. The staff was also underwhelming -- I called earlier in the afternoon to move my reservation up -- which was never reflected in their system. For the money we spent, we were prob better off eating elsewhere on the street."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "...you will love Braai. Fabulous wine list and a breadth of interesting dishes served Tapas-style or full-plate."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food as always but the service on Sunday was lacking...took forever to place out orders and receive our drinks."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Had a fantastic Valentine's night here with my special someone. Service was attentive, food was well prepared, and the mood was just right. Busy, but not too crowded. Perfect for that special evening with the object of your affection."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Looks better at night with candle light so you don't see all the electrical wires and water infiltrations going on in that place. Kind of cold and uncomfortable but the staff is very friendly and the food is very tasty. Bonus: endless mimosas for brunch."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My husband and I have been there twice and we loved it!! It's one of our favorite restaurants and we have been to a lot in town! The biltong reminded me of South Africa , it was amazing ! The lamp chops were awesome and the apricots cake desert fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I ate her last summer and was thoroughly impressed with the variety of food and wine as well as the caliber of service. Made a reservation for 2 Saturday at 6 before going to an 8 pm show. At 625 I asked then asked the bartender if someone was going to come and take out order. He said he was the only one for the whole restaurant and he would be with us as soon as possible. I chose to leave because I feared that we wouldn't get out in time for the show. After spending 2 weeks in SA in December, I was keen to revisit my trip and eat some savory game meats. I would try it again - but the person who poorly staffed a restaurant in the theater district on a Saturday night should seriously re-evaluate their chosen profession."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was really good. Pops said the food is definitely real South African cuisine. The lamb was the best dinner and the melktert by far for dessert."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Very tasty food and a great departure from your every day, run of the mill restaurant fare. Service got off to a rocky start as I think they were pretty severely understaffed, but the waitress was very friendly once we got her attention."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great variety of brunch items. unlimited drink special was well worth the $12. The food was great and the service was very excellent."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Very few South African restaurants in NYC. This is the only one in Manhattan."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This is a place I would go when introducing friends to new culinary options. The ostrich sliders and the lamb shank are my favorite, but I have had several of the menu items and have never gone wrong."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere. Wait staff was very knowledgable and relaxed. Food was good but not great. Although octopus was delicious."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Sending our daughter abroad to S.A. So wanted to surprise her with a cultural meal. Braai was awesome. 6 people in our party, including 11 yr. old son, all with differing appetites. Everyone was able to find a dish to please their palate. Food was delicious, plenty of options on menu, fantastic wine selection, fast and courteous service. Everyone cleaned their plates!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant on our last evening in NYC and wanted something special and was were NOT disappointed! From the warm welcome to the fantastic location (of the main tourist drag) The menu as a good range of South Africa style meals, well worth a visit if you would like a nice evening out."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Only complaint we have is that the music was too load, couldn't hear one another. Food was excellent :)"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Now that we've been to Braai, we are heading to South Africa in February with even more enthusiasm. We really enjoyed the S.A. cuisine and wines at Braai and will return in the future when we are in the city for theater. the ambiance was relaxed and casual, the service was friendly and efficient but we did not feel rushed. Would definitely bring back friends with us next time ad will recommend Braai to others."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Been to restaurant twice before and wanted to share a taste of South Africa with guests from Switzerland and Boston. Poorly managed restaurant and not attentive to diners needs. Food good but not inexpensive. Most offensive was requesting staff to turn down Pop music (not even South African) and repeatedly, music turned up for wait staff enjoyment rather than trying please diners. Impossible to have a conversation . Too bad because had been a favorite in NY when visiting especially being South African. Give it a miss unless new ownership/ management ."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We were visiting Braai before an off Broadway show - we made a reservation for 6pm, and were seated right away. The welcome was not super friendly and service was slow to start (we had two different ladies helping us at first). After we were served by our actual server (not a hostess) we were very pleased. She was attentive & kept our water full & drinks coming. Food came very quickly. We stayed and enjoyed a few drinks before our show (since we had time to kill) and didn't feel pressured to leave. It was a cold evening and we were near the door / patio doors, so it was a bit chilly, but none-the-less it was a comfortable evening with good food. We enjoyed trying a new cuisine and if you're looking for something different, check it out."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "No one knew the cuisine, food was far from authentic, service is better at McDonalds. I am a chef and was born in SA and took my wife there (also born is SA) and we left after we received our 1st course. Restaurant looks completely different to the website as does the menu."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Amazing grilled octopus appetizer! Ostrich and steak are alslo tasty."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Went wre in a first date which was perfect because we could order the 5 tapas option and split a salad. We also got one of the South African bottles of wine which was very good. For the tapas we got the ostrich sliders (delicious) the meatballs (also delicious) and the eggplant with goat cheese (the goat cheese was very tasty). We also got the curry samosa and venison carpaccio both of which were good but not great. The salad was a great avocado with lobster salad. Overall it was lovely - it's dark with candles on the table which made it very romantic. The only problem I had was it was a little warm in there, and the radiator made some odd noises, but nothing too bad. I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I was taken here by someone who had been to South Africa. The food was very good and apparently very authentic. The atmosphere was good too."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "The worst service ever.....ever! Just killed the experience of food of South Africa. Will not go again and not reccomend to anyone."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "excellent food. the decor seemed stripped out which gave a minimalist look. the music: pop music all night. the sound system was radio quality."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "With my husband being South African we were looking forward to some SA quisine. However we found outrselves disappointed. The Oxtail stew was an "American" version with too many peppers making it spicy. The steak was cooked to order but fatty. The Malva pudding was nice. Overall the atmosphere was nice but loud in the small space, the service was slow and the server wasn't as attentive probably due to the fact he was the only one serving."
    Dined on 10/24/2013