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The Regional Cuisine of South Asia in NYC, Part 4: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Sri Lanka

New York Anne Noyes Saini 7 comments

South Asian food in New York City is finally moving beyond tikka masala territory, and this week-long series will help you make the most of these heady times. Not sure of the difference between dosa and roti or how to distinguish good chaat from the rest? We've got you covered. Up today: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Sri Lanka in south Asia's deep south. More

First Look: 1601 Bar and Kitchen, San Francisco

Summer Sewell 6 comments

Brian Fernando mastered French fine dining across 10 years at Le Papillon; he was chef de cuisine his last four years there. Now, he's combining modern French technique with flavor memories of his childhood and recipes from his Sri-Lankan father as chef/owner of Soma's 1601 Bar & Kitchen. More

Market Tours: Lanka Grocery, Staten Island's Destination Sri Lankan Market

New York Clara Inés Schuhmacher 2 comments

The sloping, tree-lined Victory Boulevard that crisscrosses Staten Island's Tompkinsville neighborhood offers visitors a spectacular view of Manhattan. But it's more than a pretty residential street with views that would make a Brooklyner rethink their rooftop: it's also the heart of the Sri Lankan community that's taken hold on Staten Island (with some great restaurants to boot).

It's also home to Lanka Grocery.

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Where to Eat Sri Lankan Food on Staten Island

New York Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Staten Island is New York's destination for Sri Lankan food, but if you've never been, or aren't that familiar with the cuisine, it can be a little daunting to decide what and where to eat. Here's your complete guide to the best Sri Lankan cooking on the island. More

Afternoon Snack: Dhal Vada and Vegetable Roti at New Asha on Staten Island

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Victory Boulevard is one of Staten Island's concentrated rows of immigrant deliciousness, especially where its sizable Sri Lankan community is concerned. And at New Asha, right across the street from the dosa mavens at Dosa Garden, there are some great snacks to be found at rock bottom prices. More

The Vegetarian Option: Dosa Garden

New York Howard Walfish 2 comments

When it comes to dining in the five boroughs, Staten Island often gets left off of the radar. People are willing to make the trip out to Flushing or Sunset Park, but rarely across the water. I'm sure part of it is the trip itself; to get to Dosa Garden I had to take the train to the ferry, then another train, and then I had to walk (uphill) for almost a mile. Yet the stretch of Victory Boulevard between the Tompkinsville stop of the Staten Island Railroad and the restaurant was positively flush with sights that would make even the most jaded New York foodie sit up and take notice: a roti shop, a Nigerian grocery, and multiple Sri Lankan restaurants. More

Date Night: Banana Leaf

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

The motley nature of Sri Lankan food has few rivals, as amply displayed at Banana Leaf, a narrow, dark, and winning restaurant on an unprepossessing strip in northern Chelsea. Here, an appetizer sings in Hindi, while one entree speaks fluent Thai and another whispers with a Dutch accent. The flavors on display demonstrate centuries of cross-cultural exchange, utterly upending any notion of indigenous purity. More

Cook the Book: Sri Lankan Beef Smore

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 7 comments

Together, this East meets West pot roast is a mess of big, beautiful flavors—warmth from the spices, a slightly tart element due to the vinegar, and a richness from the beefy cooking juices combined with the coconut milk. More

Cook the Book: Sri Lankan Rice with Cilantro and Lemon Grass

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

Curry leaves are an integral part of Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, but they can be something of a challenge to locate. For those of us who don't have regular access to these fragrant leaves, Madhur Jaffrey has provided an easy alternative in her latest cookbook, At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: basil. More

BYOB of the Week: Sigiri, Your Gateway Sri Lankan Restaurant in the East Village

New York Carey Jones 2 comments

Previous BYOBs Ivo & Lulu Gazala Place Tartine If you're familiar with one restaurant on this block of lower First Avenue, it's probably not Sigiri—you're more likely to have been strongarmed into an Indian joint by its zealous street... More

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