A Sandwich a Day: Doubles at Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Not to be confused with the other two inferior Ali's Roti Shops in Brooklyn, Ali's Trinidad & Tobago Roti Deli Grocery in Bed-Stuy serves what are probably the best doubles ($1.25) this side of Trinidad.
For a quarter of the cost of a Di Fara slice, you get a sweet and spicy chickpea curry that's flavored with tamarind and sandwiched between two disks of turmeric-scented deep-fried, naan-like bread known as "bara." Unlike the dozens of other Trinidadian bakeries in the neighborhood (most notably Royal Bakery & Roti House, and A&A Bake & Doubles Shop), Ali's curry and bara boast an herbal kick that somehow makes deep fried bread taste bright and fresh.
Use the right lingo: "slight pepper" or "extra pepper" denotes how hot you want your sandwich (ranging from mild to moderately spicy), while "extra napkins please" indicates that you've eaten one before. They're like trying to eat chili out of a paper bag with no utensils: a hot, messy, deliciously finger-licking affair.
Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop
1267 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11216 (map)