Attieke to Write Home About
We had ended up at Mariam's by chance. Our original plan was to try Joloff, a Senegalese restaurant across the street. I was with some vegetarian friends from out of town, and we had just checked out the Fort Greene flea market. When we were about a block away from Joloff I had a premonition and said, "I hope the restaurant is open." I've found that with West African and Caribbean restaurants there's no counting on the official hours, especially on the early end. Well, Joloff wasn't open, but I noticed a place across the street called Mariam's. I figured it too might be West African, as I'm familiar with a Malian singing duo, Amadou & Mariam.
This Mariam is from Guinea, but there's a lot of overlap in the cuisines of West Africa, so there were dishes familiar from Senegalese as well as Sierra Leonean menus. I didn't get to sample too much as the vegetarian options were pretty much limited to two preparations of okra, a vegetable that I only like two ways: Indian dry sauteed and cajun fried. But based on my attieke experience, the menu is definitely worth exploring further.
975 Fulton Street (Between Washington & St. James)