Food: ☆☆ 3/4
Must try: Pepper Shrimp
“Whatch you got today Grandma?, says the man who walks in towering over Maima.
“ Palm Butter”, she replies.
“Aight then, fix me a bowl of it”, he says as he settles down on the counter under the blaring TV .
This is the general vibe at Maima’s – it seems to be an extension of her own home serving up home-style food to anyone who enters her lair.
Maima’s is probably the only spot in New York City serving authentic Liberian food. This place was born out of Maima’s passion for cooking and feeding everyone. Everyone in the family helps Maima run her Bistro from her two daughters to her grandchildren.
My favorite dish was the fiery “Pepper Shrimp” which is considered the national dish in Liberia. The food consists of a lot of stews with different meats and seafood. They offer a different special for each day of the week.
The food is tasty though it is very oily. The service is sweet but scattered.
At Maima’s, it really does feel like home. This Liberian Bistro has the easy, casual feel of Africa where the pace of life has been dialed down a few notches.
If you are in the area, it is certainly worth the experience.
Here is some of what we ate: