If a tree grows in Brooklyn, then a slice of heaven can be found in Harlem. Why is that exactly? Ponty Bistro, of course.
On cool early Friday evening, about a week ago, I had the opportunity to partake and dine quite sufficiently in the African fusion of creative French meets Senegalese cuisine that Ponty’s had to offer. To say the least, it was warm, welcoming, and perfect for after work, couple’s outings, or even group gatherings that observed upon entering.
The amazingness that this restaurant provides is more than enough to satisfy appetites and leave palates quite pleased by the taste. And quite pleased I was by the Ponty Bistro experience. Having family to accompany me, set in motion by Cisse, one of the owners and executive chefs of this fine establishment who made sure we were more than taken care of with his hospitality, invited us in with open arms. How could you not smile at that?
Now on to the meal. To get things started we took delight in three appetizer selections from the menu – fried calamari which was seasoned to absolute perfection, truffle macaroni and cheese which was a nice take on a familiar meal, and the darkar chicken wings that seemed to have disappeared almost instantaneously.
For entrees, the table was adorned nicely with plates of seafood linguini (packed with scallops, mussels, and lobster) and asian steak salad. A colorful mix of flavor, a moment to catch one’s breath was needed between fork lifts because the savory goodness seemed to take you to another place. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
Ponty Bistro, the consensus; remarkable. This is indeed a place that you don’t just visit one time, you frequent as many times as you can and with those closest to you.