329 W. 51st St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763645 -73.986781
Sun 11:30 to 10, Mon 5 to 11, Tues 11:30 to 11, Wed - Sat (11:30 to midnight)
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
Home away from home (and I'm not South African) – I love this place. I can't believe what Bob001 said. Seriously, how old do you have to be to write a review on here? He must have been delirious from seeing cleavage for the first time. I don't even know how that enters into a food review.
I've never had to wait, but I sit at the bar generally and get plenty of attention from all the friendly servers there. Maybe it's because you get back what you give out.
Drinks are fabulous. The cucumber sensation is out of this world (may or may not be on the menu), but I've had a little bit of everything and it's all good - especially the specialty drinks.
All the food is great - I've had the prawns, fish and chips, lamb burgers, ostrich - and it is all amazing. Usually perfectly cooked and in a timely manner and so yummy. I've heard the Ostrich Eggs Benedict is to die for, but have yet to make it into brunch, but hopefully soon.
If you want a great South African experience with nice people and great food, go to Braai!! (but don't bring Bob - he'll ruin it for everyone.)
Great Service – Thanks for a great party. Bartender was lovely, food was delicious and as my wife is South African i guess she will drag me back for some BILTONG !!!
I loved it! – I went to Braii ,solo for what was meant to be a quick bite to eat.
The bartender was very friendly, introduced herself and then introduced me to the other bar customers. I felt like they all went outof their way to make me feel welcome and at home. I ended up staying for wine and drinks and having a great time. She made me a martini called the Durban tea. It was spicy, sweet and oh sooooo good!! I plan to go back and work my way through the drink list (it was made by famous mixologist Juan Corranado)
All in all-cool atmosphere, great staff great food/drinks!!!
Fun experience great food – Great service and for once extremely on point south African food. Incredible wine list. Great for a group or date! Loved it --will go back soon.
Truly S-A – As a South-African living in New York for a while, of course I had to check this place. The way the dishes were prepared really made me feel at home. These people know how to make a proper steak. South African style. Keep up the good work people.
PS the wine list is excellent.
Braai is zen for me – Thats wierd bob001,I went on tuesday and had a nice time. Saw lots of georgeous people but, wish i would have seen more cleavage! I had the complete opposite experience. But i guess if your a miserable person you'll go around and be unhappy anywhere you go!
I sat at the bar, waited for my date and had dinner. Yeah its a little pricey but its 4 star cuisine in hells kitchen, its not over priced, The food had a lot of integrity; very unique. Who has the time to come online and write a bad review? I came to say it was delightful and am really surprised that people are still so into badmouthing...i don't have the time for that...buti do have time for brunch, the bartender said ther eis a DJ.....maybe you should try yoga bob0011 chillax...and everyone else try Braai -zen for me!
Poor Service, Lovely Cleavage on GM!! – inappropriate
So, we sit at the bar waiting for a table, on the other end of the bar sits Ms. gorgeous, man havering over her talking to the Bartender.. whats wrong about this pic?
And so I need to tell you I made reservation for me and my wife, we arrived at the designated time, and were told our table would be ready in ten min time. Gladly, we sat at the bar, waiting for our table, ordered some drinks and waited... 15 min.. 25 min... 40 min.. nothing! after three quarters of and hour we tried to get the Bartenders attention, but in vain. (Too busy with Ms. gorgeous)
After 50 min!! We were finally placed at a table. The server, Super charming guy, took our drink and food order with much efficiency. Drinks were on the table after two min. kept replenishing us with water. The food
however was a different story.
It took them another 40 min with the food, I now have an idea what an average rubber tire tastes like, lets just say that the venison is by far not the best thing on the menu. chicken boboti, nicely spiced, an overall okay dish, and the fish and chips, were all over priced.
The grand finale' happens when I asked to see a manager, so I can tell him/her about the beautiful course of our dinning experience. Remember Ms. gorgeous? she walks over to the table. when she gets
closer the only appealing thing about her is her looks.
With Alcohol in her breath she explains of their faults of the day.. During the entire time, though, she was well aware of our dreadful experience but did nothing!!
(How can I blame her?? she was having fun drinking!!
We tipped the poor server 20 percent (after all it was not his fault). The manager though, different story.
Bottom line, Braai South African grill, poor management, poor management, poor management!
(GREAT CLEAVAGES THOUGH:)
wonderful – I have never experience an establishment so willing to correct a mistake! In a group of 12 one person's meal came out wrong twice...in response the meal was correct and comp'ed, our group received free round of shorts, free dessert and coupons for Braai's wine bar.
The food was amazing and I would absolutely go to Braai again.
The perfect exotic, fulfilling experience... – Braai offers an exotic oasis to the typical New Yorker seeking a unique, fulfilling experience whether with friends, or on a date. The food and the wine are quite authentic, and the staff is adept in guiding you through what one might not otherwise be familiar. The wine, I might add is a perfect depiction of some of the best, most sought after properties South Africa has to offer! The few times I have had the pleasure of dining there since they opened, it has brought out intellectual conversation of our Globe amongst friends, while focusing on the positive. as the wine and food of South Africa are a perfect testament to that progress. Kudos to the passion behind this wonderful bungalow! It makes me want to dance around the BBQ (Braai) in Cape Town, pondering the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meeting at my feet; where the warmth comingles with the cool, exactly what we do in most establishments in NY, while looking for that perfect mix of energy to explode before our very eyes. You will find this perfect melange here at Braai... I can' wait to go back!
Great Cocktails – Still quite new .... I loved their Cocktails.
My wife is from South Africa and says the Cuisine is very authentic
and suggests they add her famous "Chakalaka" to the Menu.
We're coming back for my Birthday !
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