Buka Nigerian Restaurant

Buka Nigerian Restaurant

African Restaurant$$$$
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
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    Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Village Voice
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    Hugh
    "traditional goat pepper soup"(3 Tips)
    Emily A.
    "Star beer, chapmans, suya, moi moi and bitter lemons."(3 Tips)
    Umair Z.
    "Recommendation: Buka Sauce (100,000 - 350,000 on the Scoville scale)"(2 Tips)
    Vicki N.
    "Try the Egusi, Goat Meat And Pounded Yam - Life giving!"(3 Tips)
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  • Nick M.heart icon on user image
    Nick MuohAugust 13, 2017
    The suya was great and the fried beef I had with my Baku sauce was delicious. The waitresses were patient and kept their cool when things were really hectic
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    DominicanAbroad.comSeptember 7, 2015
    Very authentic vibe. Between the food, music and the crowd that the restaurant draws... It feels like you've traveled away to a restaurant in Lagos.
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    IfeoluwaFebruary 16, 2015
    The stews and sauces are very hot, proceed with caution. For those who know the difference, the pounded yam is made from yam flour not freshly pounded yam.
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BJuly 31, 2017
    Tends to be understaffed, so be aggressive to get service. Goat pepper soup is one of the spiciest dishes I've had, ever. Snails are a must!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Three types of fufu-like mash are available (pounded white yam, yam flour, and fermented cassava), to be matched with three stews (chicken, lamb, fish). Read more
  • Hugh
    HughAugust 30, 2011
    Buka sauce at BukaA spicy feast at this West African spot should start with the traditional goat pepper soup ($10), which gets its eye-popping kick from habaneros, and its purported healing qualit...
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2013
    Goat Pepper Soup: The goat is served in chunks, skin on and often curled, and is typically tough and chewy. Get ready for lots of spice.
  • Jeeleighanne D.heart icon on user image
    Jeeleighanne DuboiusJanuary 9, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    The puff puff is so good! Food is good! Music is good! Issa Vibe!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJune 13, 2012
    Why? Traditional Nigerian. Shabby-chic setting. Taste: Any of the tomato based stew sides. Grilled snapper comes with fresh tomatoes and white rice. Suya steak - mixed with Nigerian spices Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    There are snacks, too, including the peanut-dusted kebabs called suya and the palm-oil-laced dish known simply as "beans." Read more
  • KP
    KPNovember 25, 2012
    Service was pretty good, but we waited so long for our food. Loved the plaintains; I could eat them all day long. Not mushy or too sweet. Also dug the Moi Moi. Thumbs up. I would go here again.
  • Ryan E.heart icon on user image
    Ryan EickFebruary 9, 2017
    I had goat in a spicy sauce with fufu, it was delicious!
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    Ryan EickFebruary 20, 2017
    Really liked the fufu with goat in a hot sauce. Delicious
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 13, 2010
    Get the Nigerian goat stew-chunks of meat with skin and sinew attached relaxing in a pond of tomato sauce flavored with palm oil.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaJune 18, 2014
    Recommendation: Buka Sauce (100,000 - 350,000 on the Scoville scale)
  • Vicki N.
    Vicki NAugust 30, 2015
    Try the Egusi, Goat Meat And Pounded Yam - Life giving! #Nigerian #WestAfrican (via @Foodspotting)
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezSeptember 5, 2017
    Avoid at all costs. The only redeeming dish was the spicy tomato goat soup with spinach. Overdone steak when asked for medium rare. The tilapia is just drowned in oil. Slow service.
  • Jules J.
    Jules JulesmgmtOctober 28, 2011
    I have attempted a trip on a Monday too many times for my own good. Wait until Tuesday, it's open them.
  • Lotanna
    LotannaNovember 13, 2010
    AMAZING NIGERIAN FOOD!! DEFINITELY A MUST! Get Goat Meat Peppersoup!!
  • alex v.
    alex vbMay 9, 2011
    The moi moi! Slightly fiery, good for pescatarians, filling, satisfying.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzFebruary 18, 2012
    Spicy doesn't even begin to describe the blazing fire heat of the sauces here.
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    DJ RatchetOctober 16, 2016
    Terrible service, waiting about 15 minutes for a drink on an empty stomach so my whole group left due to lack of professionalism from our waitress.
  • Dani J.heart icon on user image
    Dani JJune 23, 2013
    Suya yum yum jollof rice mmmmmm!
  • Liccyheart icon on user image
    LiccyJanuary 5, 2020
    Food was good. Service needs work.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon FaceJune 20, 2010
    Awesome new place. Friendly staff. Great food. Worth stopping in :)
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Goat stew. Yum!
  • Emily A.
    Emily AnaduOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Star beer, chapmans, suya, moi moi and bitter lemons. I'm in heaven.
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