Caranda Martin's passion for native foods and herbs started young, when he was seven years old, during a walk in his grandmother's garden. Raised in Liberia, he learned the sights, smells and tastes of local herbs and plants from his Muma on their family's farm. An artist by training, Caranda is a perfectionist for design in both architecture and cuisine -- a trait that comes through before you even step through the doors of the new location of Serengeti Teas & Spices. The shop was formerly located in West Harlem but has moved to East Harlem, which Caranda says is the "place to be."

Photo credit: The New York Times

Photo credit: The New York Times


22 E. 125th Street (b/t Fifth & Madison)


Teas & sweets:  Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dinner (reservations only):  Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m.




Looking for the name of a tune you heard on Serengeti Kitchen's playlist at the Uptown Grand Central plaza? Click on the links below and groove along at home:

Home Cooking by Tony Allen

Dynamite! by The Roots

Feeling You Got by El Rego et Ses Commandos

Okpo Videa Bassouo by Gnonnas Pedro et ses Panchos

New World Order by Curtis Mayfield

Jah Music by Alpha Blondy & the Solar System

Free My People by Joni Haastrup

Do Me Right by D.J. Fortee

Fari Mandila by Amadou & Mariam

Truth Don' Die by Fema Kuti

Tete Muo Bu Muo by Tony Tete Harbor & the Star Heaters of Nigeria

Violets (featuring Phonte) by Miles Davis & Robert Glasper

Boogie On by Rob

Valdez Off Crenshaw by Terrace Martin

Funky For You by Common

Maiysha (So Long) (feat. Erykah Badu) by Miles Davis & Robert Glasper

Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly Mix) by Nina Simone & Felix Housecat

What Will Tomorrow Bring by Femi Kuti

Mama (Metro Area Birthday Dub) by Hugh Masekela & Metro Area

Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela) by Common

Shakara by Feli Kuti

O.D.O.O. (Edit) by Fela Kuti

Shuffering & Shmiling by Fela Kuti

Tiba Camo by Phillip Malela

Zombie, Pt. 1 by Fela Kuti

Water Got No Enemy by Fela Kuti

Expensive S**t by Fela Kuti