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 Serengeti Kitchen's doors. The sister shop of West Harlem's Serengeti Teas and Spices, Serengeti Kitchen offers a creative, pan-African menu that incorporates complex flavors from the coastal regions to the plains.

  Photo credit: The New York Times

Photo credit: The New York Times


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


Tuesdays-Sundays, 12-9 p.m.