New York's Trini diaspora has settled across a few enclaves in Queens and Brooklyn, with casual restaurants, steam tables, and roti shops to feed them. Follow along on our tour to see what they're cooking.
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The Good Dine is the Bronx's best Jamaican restaurant, and there's one clear must-order: this oxtail.
Walk down parts of Flatbush Avenue and you'll be struck by the aroma of smoky, spicy jerk chicken from small shops along the street. Everyone has their favorite, and for food writer Robert Sietsema, Peppa's takes top marks.
Lesser rotis can often be tough, dry and tasteless, but at Glenda's they're thin, well-seasoned, and perfectly tender.
The Islands is the kind of place where the table water arrives in a former vodka handle and the check is passed up to you through the balcony bars from a server below. The fact that the food is so outstanding is just part of the reason to pay a visit.
Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that Jamaican patties in New York are so bad, as the low, low bar set for the Caribbean hot pocket makes the ones Christie's of Prospect Heights even more enjoyable.
Flatbush might be the destination du jour for Jamaican food in New York, but Bronxites know that there's a tasty patty or two to be had in Edenwald and Wakefield. One of the more celebrated takeout spots is Royal Carribbean Bakery, where you can get jerk chicken, brown pork, and other Jamaican standards for typically low prices. But it's the patties that people come for, and come they do.
Cheap eats don't exist inside Yankee Stadium, where you're liable to spend $5 on a Nathan's hot dog and $15 on a prime rib sandwich. Eating outside the Stadium offers a much less costly and international alternative—only two bucks for a snack at Concourse Jamaican Bakery.
If I lived in Bed-Stuy, I have to believe that my food expenses would plummet, just because I could live off dollar-fifty chickpea-flatbread sandwiches, or doubles. And the ones at A&A Bake and Doubles Shop make me pretty happy for six quarters.
In the mini-flatiron formed by Bedford, Nassau, and Manhattan Avenue, the doors at Nights and Weekends are thrown open and a festive vibe welcomes all.
We left happier than we'd arrived. With its easygoing charm and fun food, it's best for: a date on a different island.
[Photos: Brian Yarvin] Breaking away from our usual Indian and Chinese, my wife and I stopped by a strip mall Soul and Caribbean place—the Majestic Cafe, an island of fried chicken and salmon croquettes in an ocean of Asian....
Photo from yummiliondragon on Flickr I so wanted to like Ivo and Lulu. It's a small slot of a restaurant in off-center Soho, just around the corner from my old office. Its French-Caribbean menu, heavy on duck and game,...