A couple of Sundays ago two colleagues, a neighborhood friend, myself and three children age ranging from 3 to 11 arrived at Les Ambassades in Harlem, and boy was it a full house…. inside and out that is. We didn’t have a reservation or thought of making one, heck it’s a boulangerie!!!
The versatile, largely Senegalese kitchen crew slings recipes from France, North and West Africa, Vietnam, the Caribbean, and Italy, not to mention all-American omelettes, salads, and meat dishes.
Upon arrival we waited for what seemed to be an eternity to be seated. Waiting gave us the opportunity to scope the place out. The restaurant would’ve been cozy had it not been for so many tables in such tight quarters. As you enter to your left, an assortment of pastries is seen through a glass bar and behind the counter are the waiters and waitresses uniformed in black tee’s and black slacks, hustling through the many orders they had to ring up. The decor is warm and inviting with shades of oranges and browns. Paintings adorned the whole place beautifully.
Finally seated, adjacent to a large flat screen t.v slightly above the entrance door was a soccer game which took the attentions of both the employees and guests alike in place took longer to receive a menu. We were greeted by this young lady who was very polite and pleasant ready to take our orders. We ordered Grilled Salmon with Fried Plantains $13.50(with cucumbers & onion salsa served with warm potatoes & basmati rice(optional)) Grilled Tilapia with Fried Plantains $12.50, Hamburger Alibaba $9.oo ( grilled beef, melted cheese, fried egg, side of french fries served on a burger bun. with a side of french fries),Steak Au Poivre (Sirloin) $12.50, Sizzling Garlic Shrimp (served with rice) $12.50. All dishes I felt were proportionality sized with the price. The only negative, which turned out not to be a negative, was that my Salmon dish was underseasoned but with the combinations of salsa and plantains, gave the salmon the flavor it was lacking.
Everything we had was very good to the eyes, taste buds and our pockets which made our Sunday brunch a delight.
So if you like Senegalese cuisine or if you are unfamiliar and want to try something different here in Harlem check out Les Ambassades. Not recommended for small children or even large groups because seats are limited.
2200 8th Ave
(between 118th St & 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
Mon-Thu, 7am-2am; Fri, 7am-3am; Sat-Sun, 8am-3am
- Brunch – Weekend
- Great Desserts
- Late-Night Dining
- Outdoor Dining
- Smoking Area