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.
'Caribbean' on Serious Eats
The Good Dine is the Bronx's best Jamaican restaurant, and there's one clear must-order: this oxtail.
St. John is very much a destination for stunning landscapes, beaches, and weather, and less for memorable food—with a few exceptions.
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.
When getting away isn't in the cards, jerk stew transports you to balmy climes. Started on the stove top and finished in the oven, it's a fiery meal best served with rice. Caramelized plantains would be great companions, too.
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.
Pop quiz: What spice is used in Latin American rice dishes, English cheese manufacturing, and Vietnamese braises? Okay, the title of the post gives this one away. But let's talk about annato for a minute, the great understudy of the spice world.
We left happier than we'd arrived. With its easygoing charm and fun food, it's best for: a date on a different island.
My first introduction into the wonder of mojo sauce was one of the early seasons of Top Chef, where a contestant (the always entertaining, Howie from the Miami season) braised pork shoulder in a mojo sauce to rave reviews. But that's only the beginning of mojo, which I've discovered since then has many uses and variations. Mojo does triple-duty as a fiery marinade, a condiment, and as a tenderizer for meats, seafood and poultry.
In this week's edition of Street Food Profiles we head to the Bay Area in California to meet Get Jerked, a truck selling jerk chicken tacos and burritos and other inventive Caribbean food.
[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,...
Heeeey y'all!! It's time for midnight buffets at sea with Paula Deen, her husband Michael and two sons, Bobby and Jamie. Yes, you can travel with the whole darn family to the Western Caribbean from January 24 to 31, 2010. According to the Alice Travel website: Life doesn't come with guarantees but holidays should. This winter-busting cruise with Paula Deen is sure to be a Wow of a trip...Celebrity's brand-new Solstice is the perfect ship for this culinary adventure; bright and spacious, fabulous entertainment, and multiple restaurant venues to choose from. To stay alone in the "Sky Suite," it's $6338, but don't worry, everyone gets an individual photo with Paula (you know those priceless ones before everyone boards and is...
Staples like beans and rice are staples for a reason. Whether Cajun-style red beans and rice, arroz con frijoles negro from Mexico, or gallo pinto from Central America, sometimes two foods just go together. Beans and rice as a dish...