Name: Merkato 55

Location: 55 Gansevoort St

Btwn Greenwich & Washington St

New York, NY

About Merkato 55

Based on Samuelsson’s revelatory food trip to Africa, Merkato 55 is the latest multi-story continent-defining food temple run amok. Walk into the lively first floor and you’ll immediately notice the Mali-inspired clay bar with shelves for the house-infused spiced rums. Start with a drink and a plate of hummus and dips at one of the communal tables before heading up the wrought iron stairs to the more formal dining room. Upstairs, the décor is a tribute to the faces and colors of Africa: Portraits printed on large silk screens, hanging basket lamps and brown and yellow leather banquettes all color the bright space.

 

Adding to the celebratory international feel is a soundtrack mixing African beats and world music (your opportunity to move past Ladysmith Black Mambazo) and a downstairs lounge with a stone well in the center of the room.

 

Which is sure to be the best African lounge with a stone well in the MPD.

 

55 Gansevoort St

New York 10014

Btwn Greenwich & Washington St

212-255-8555

 

 

Merkato 55