Teranga closes at 7pm (and 9pm on Friday and Saturday), but even if you need to schedule a “doctor’s appointment” during lunch or eat dinner while the sun is still up, you should find a way to get to this counter-service West African spot as soon as possible. Inside The Africa Center on the northeast corner of Central Park, the all-day restaurant serves DIY grain bowls as well as a few preset options. You should focus on ones with fonio (like light, nutty couscous) and tender grilled chicken with lots of garlic and lime. No matter which bowl you order, make sure to get a side of kelewele - spicy fried plantains that are crunchy on the outside and very soft inside. The most expensive bowl is $14, so it’s a great option for a quick and inexpensive meal, which you can either eat in the bright, casual space or across the street in Central Park.
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