Serengeti Teas & Spices ~ East Harlem

 

 

Doughba Caranda-Martin in his new East Harlem Tea Shop

Serengeti Teas & Spices in East Harlem is a welcome extension to the beloved Serengeti Tea & Spices which opened on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in West Harlem in 2013.

 

At the helm, is Dougha Caranda-Martin, with a passion for teas, coffees and herbs, from a childhood growing up in Liberia, walking through his grandmother’s farm garden, and learning the sights, smells and tastes of local herbs. Caranda-Martin immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s, during the First Liberian Civil War.

We were not surprised to learn that Canada-Martin is an artist by training, evident in the architectural design and woodwork at both of his shops. Serengeti Tea & Spices continues to focus on sourcing teas, coffee and herbs from east and West Africa.

In addition to tea, the East Harlem location also offers private dining for ten people or more with advance reservation, serving delicacies that celebrate African flavors.

Below are a few photo’s from our recent visit, as we wandered through the main entrance into the back garden.  A total transformation from the previous inhabitant, Island Salad.

 

Entering the (now enclosed) garden area, with hand-painted concrete floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Serengeti Teas & Spices East Harlem is located at 22 East 125th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.

While you’re there, stop in at Harlem Underground and Brownstone Boutique, on either side of the restaurant. All three, members of The New East Harlem Merchants Association (NHEMA).