74 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.717634 -73.990379
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
No kibble here – Bunny Chow
74 Orchard Street
New York, NY
We may not think of it as such, but South Africa is a melting pot. There are English, Dutch, Native Africans and Indians. Remember, Ghandi got his start here and a Bunny Chow draws from all these influences.
Bunny Chow is a very narrow, dark small place with an immense flat screen TV. The service is friendly; indeed they really care about whether you enjoyed your dinning experience.
A bad South African joke: Rabbit and Elephant stew (one Rabbit and one Elephant) is no longer popular, why? Nobody likes Hare in their stew…yuk, yuk.
A Bunny Chow is a very thick slice of bread with the center scooped out and a curried meat or shrimp stew added, while very tasty there is some heat, and I recommend a cold beer on the side. Try the Kaasori, an Ostrich sausage, served with a garnish of salad and a lovely chutney. The chips flats were more mundane and topped with feta cheese. Warning Peri-Peri sauce is not for the faint of heart!!!
The food and service is good, the ambiance forgettable and the prices are very inexpensive. Dinner for four is about $ 120 USD.
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Citysearch Editorial Review – Bunny Chow? Isn't that Moby's new live-foods co-op, where each carrot and sprout receives an apology before consumption? Nope. This South African restaurant is named for a traditional dish consisting of curried meat stuffed into a hollowed loaf of bread, which is then baked and topped off with chutney. Wash it down with rum-based Jo'Burg punch if you like. South African fare is a rarity in Lower Manhattan, and this split-level Lower East Side restaurant/bar is an easy entry-point. There's a comfortable, D.I.Y. aesthetic; a slab of corrugated metal and paintings of Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela adorn the downstairs walls, and sheets of native newspaper are plastered behind the couches of the upstairs lounge. Patrons at the eight tables can experiment with oxtail and ostrich (a lean red meat, surprisingly) until the kitchen closes at midnight, then sip South African wine until 2am.
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