Toss that sad desk lunch right in the trash. Next week, the New York African Restaurant Week kicks off, so you can swap out that wilted Romaine and sour tomatoes for the likes of injera and doro wett, lamb and sweet potato tagine, spicy suya steak with yam fries, and more flavors of the Diaspora. (Keyword: flavor. Get some in your life.)

Whether we just named some of your favorite African dishes or you're more like "doro WHAT?" NYARW, now in its fourth year, is a chance to expand your palate or indulge in the tried-and-true—for less.  

From Oct. 2 through Oct. 16, over 25 restaurants specializing in African fare across Brookyn and Manhattan, and one in Long Island, are offering three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner options, ranging from $19.99 to $35.99. The participating restaurants include popular eateries such as Madiba in Fort Greene and Lenox Saphire in Harlem.  

Beyond cuisine, the week also includes cultural events, such as a "Jazz Night in Harlem" at Farafina Cafe and Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and the New York Taste of Africa: Art Expo at Bklyn Commons in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, on Saturday, Oct. 15. 

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