Berber Street Food opened up near my apartment a few months ago, and ever since there have been people waiting outside daily at lunch time for the place to open. That's not surprising for a few reasons.
First, it's gotten rave reviews from Gothamist, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among others. Second, and more importantly, the food is delicious. It justifies every good review and more. This is quite simply the best food in the West Village right now, which is saying something given every other ground level door is some sort of bar or restaurant, takeaway or sit-down.
All that said, don't assume there are crowds here like Dominique Ansel a few blocks away. This is still—at its heart, price point, and tiny size—a neighborhood joint where you can just walk in to order or sit down (there are only a handful of tables but no one lingers here).
Pictured is the "Afro Fusion Bowl," and in a method adopted from numerous fast casual joints but with a cuisine that deserves more attention, you can choose one base, two sides, and one protein. I opted for turmeric rice, black eye pea stew, fried plantains, and vegetable curry.
There are so many other items on the menu I want to get still, and the chef—a Gramercy Tavern and Boulud veteran who always smiles and says hello to me when we walk by—serves a number of new dishes and desserts daily, usually depending on market availability.