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904 reviews
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$30 and under
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Enjoy an exotic South African dining experience right in New York's Theater District at Braai. Its enchanting decor features reed-thatched ceilings, warm lighting and faux tree trunk-lined walls. Owners Tanya and Reshma Hira opened Braai for locals and travelers to experience the flavors of South African cuisine. This restaurant has a prix fixe menu for lunch hours with flavorful dishes like chicken bobotie with rice and lamb with mango chutney sandwiches. Dinner entrées feature plates of herb-crusted ostrich filets with curried coconut potatoes, oxtail stew and more.

Braai has a full bar that serves wine and various cocktails. There is a private room for hosting events such as parties, business luncheons, receptions and more. This South African restaurant also offers catering services and welcomes reservations.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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African, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm
Lunch:Mon-Fri 12:00pm-4:00pm
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 315-3315
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Armando Martinez
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Private party facilities
Brandy/Private room available for bookings up to 12 and main dining floor accommodates private functions and corporate events.
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Private party contact
Tarita: (212) 315-3315
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Cross street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues
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Parking details
Parking lot on the block.
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Public transit
C & E trains to 50th Street and 8th Avenue.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

It was a nice place to go with my family. I don't know that it's really authentic South African cuisine. The food was great though. The service was slow, but the servers were nice and recommended wines to go along with your meal of choice.

viplesb (Miami)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2016

Good unusual food, good service. Worth going to.

Foodie16 (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

We decided to try something new while Visiting my daughter .
We are glad we did . A very relaxing time. Food was excellent . Staff was attentive
Definitely will eat here again

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

This place deserves rave reviews. Five star service, food, drinks and ambience.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 22, 2016

I visited this place with my South African girlfriend on our trip to NYC. She was thrilled to finally eat a restaurant that reminded her of "back home". Wow, this place was a disappointed and she was furious and embarrassed at the same time. I kept quiet because I knew there wasn't much that I could say. We were told that Koeksisters was unavailable for the night as was Boerewors. That's like going to McDonald's and them being out of burgers and fries. The food that we did have was decent, at best. The Ostrich Sliders were the bright stars while everything else fell flat. The Slap Chips were perhaps the most amazing and I don't mean that in the traditional sense; basically it was French Fries...actually it was. If you Google Slap Chips, you will notice them to be thick and "meaty" and drenched in vinegar.
The service was OK. Not exactly warm and friendly but maybe more aloof. The pricing was what you'd expect in the Theatre District. Oh well.

We thought we learned our lesson with South African cuisine and decided to double down and try Madiba in Brooklyn. Heavens me, it was worse - believe it or not! They too didn't have Koeksisters....what are the odds of that? I could see the smoke coming out of my girlfriend's ears when I bit into pumpkin fritters which were half cooked and half raw. What ensued was a debate as to which restaurant was better or worse. In this duel for last place, we voted Braai as the better place.

Sorry Braai, I really did want this to work out well....

dancingshrimp (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Great for pre-show dining. Menu has unique offerings. There was an extensive list of daily specials which I ordered from. My grilled calamari over arugula was excellent. The other guests enjoyed their meals. It would be nice if they had more vegetarian offerings.

vipBahamas25 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

Sparse decor but interesting menu and great service.

Lanlan (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

South African food is one of my son's favourite cuisines, so we decided to take him to this restaurant for his birthday dinner last Saturday, 12 March. After we ordered drinks and food, I discreetly ask Keame, our server (not sure if I spelt her name right) if she could arrange something special for my son as a surprise. At the end of the meal my son was presented a piece of their local desert cake with a fountain candle sparkler while the crew sang the birthday song in Afrikaan language. That just did it! On top of that we were very satisfied with the excellent food . I had the oxtail, my husband ordered seafood potje, my son had bobotje). Overall, the decor, ambiance and atmosphere made it a perfect setting for our special celebration. The wine selection slightly pricey but we found something familiar and to our liking. Thank you for the effort and gesture and for a memorable night! We be back next we're in NY!

vipJessicaD (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

We went here for dinner last night and the food was delicious!
I had the avocado and rock lobster salad and my fiancé had a baked brie salad, both delicious.
For our entrees we had the steak and ostrich special, both delicious.
This is the second restaurant in a row we've been to (Medi, last weekend) that has an outdated menu online both for food and wine. Online they have an extensive South African wine list, with bottles starting at $30. At the restaurant, they only offered 10-15 bottles starting at $45.

The service was slow, our waitress forgot our wine, but the food was delicious. Do not go if you are in a rush.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2016

Braii has always been my go-to weekend brunch spot in the city. Whether you're just with a friend or in a group, the outstanding atmosphere, service, and South African cuisine is hard to beat! They also have a generous mimosa special for brunch!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was great as was the recommend wine, however the front door kept letting in cold air, making it no choice but to eat with your coat on

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We booked a table at Braai, through Opentable, to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night. We are South Africans living in NJ and we're hoping to take American friends to experience South African food .

The restaurant phoned us a few hours before our booking to say that we couldn't have our 7pm reservation as they had booked the restaurant for a large group. They offered us 5pm or 9pm. Neither of these times worked for us - we had child care arrangements and travel considerations.

The person who called us from the restaurant made no sense whatsoever in terms of the reason our booking could not be honored. No common sense or intelligence.

This was the poorest customer service and handling of an issue I have doe ringed in a long time.

We felt let down. Shame on you Braai.

I will go out of my way to let others know not to bother with Braai (and we are often asked by people where to exception good South African food).

cremosofan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Amazing food and very attentive staff! Would definitely recommend and come again. Many interesting new dishes to try outside your norm!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

This was a great brunch place. The meals are a great value and the bottomless "exotic fruit" mimosas were a real hit with me and my friends. It was only about half-full when we met for brunch at noon on a Saturday. The servers were attentive and the food came out quickly. What I really appreciated was that my group wasn't rushed out after we completed our meal. The servers honored our 2-hour bottomless and continued to refill our drinks long after they cleared our plates. I'd definitely go again.

vipsimontnyc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2016

I really like the menu. Always hard to pick from what to eat from their menu. On this most recent occasion, I received my entre and had thought, incorrectly, that I was getting a side I had seen on the menu with a different entre. I remarked to the waitress that I was disappointed I had made a mistake not thinking anything of it. When she came back she brought the side I wanted, no charge. That is reason itself to come back!