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For Nigerian Restaurateur in NYC, Buka is a Taste of Home

Lookman Afolayan Mashood immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 1996, first working at a Brooklyn restaurant as a dishwasher, cook and manager.  About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Australian architect Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn — Buka New York — featuring Nigerian food. Mashood said it’s now the most popular African restaurant in New York, which is debatable — there are at least 50, including many specializing in Senegalese and...

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