South African Restaurant Comes to Orchard Street

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Orchard Street already has plenty of international flair: Vietnamese, Jamaican and Austrian restaurants contribute to the global feel on the block between Broome and Grand. They're about to be joined by Saffa, a South African restaurant. This afternoon the finishing touches were being put on the space at 74 Orchard, once occupied by Ronald's Pizza Cafe. The designer, Aaqil Ka (Negril Village among others), told me the chef ran the kitchen at Brooklyn South African restaurant Madiba when it first opened. The co-owner, Manu Dhingra, said they might not be serving the full menu on Thursday when they open – but you can get the idea via the photo above.