Ponty Bistro is where French and West African cuisine come together in Harlem. A myriad of mussels are on the menu, taste them cooked in African spices if you can stand the heat or served in white wine if you’re in the mood for a classic plate. Cultural staples include poisson yassa, a Senegalese style grilled snapper smothered in lemon and garlic and stuffed with vegetables. Happy hour highlights include passion fruit martinis accompanied by a salmon burger. Enjoy the sounds of West African rhythms against a casual, laidback background of dark wood floors and red booths. A French place with an eye for detail sans fussiness.