Caribbean food was brought to New York City in the 1960’s when scores of Caribbean immigrants settled in parts of the city such as Flatbush and Crown Heights. Even now, the Caribbean culture remains prominent in these areas and the food is relished by New Yorkers on the daily.
With its spicy curries, amazing flatbread inventions and rice preparations, Carribean cuisine is growing in popularity.
You don’t have to wait for Labor Day or the yearly West Indian Day Parade to enjoy these delicacies, just search for buses near me and pop into one of these restaurants for a completely Caribbean experience!
Here’s a list of some of the best Caribbean restaurants in the city:
1. Trinidad Golden Place
Enough with the jerk chicken, bring on the flatbreads and baked goodness! No matter what time you go to Trinidad Golden Place, there’s always going to be a line, but the food is worth the wait. Their hot sauce dabbed doubles and pliant rotis are definitely worth trying: The former is two pieces of round and fluffy fried bread, dipped in hot sauce with a chickpea filling, the latter is flatbread with yellow split pea filling wrapped around your choice of smoked meat.
2. Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine
Gloria’s makes some of the best Trinidadian food in the area, offering a range of dishes true to their origin. The items to try are their stewed oxtail which is served on a bed of rice, pholourie, and rotis with unusual fillings like duck, soy pieces, spiced potatoes or curried shellfish. The humble food is sure to blow you away.
3. Peppa’s Jerk Chicken
If that’s the name, it doesn’t take a smart person to guess what they’re really good at serving. The jerk chicken at Peppa’s is absolutely scrumptious! The skin on the chicken is rendered beautifully and charred to perfection, the meat is super moist and flavourful and the dish comes with rice and beans. Be sure to ask for their five-alarm jerk sauce for that extra spicy kick!