Caribbean food is essentially all the good and spicy recipes from all over the world brought to the Caribbean Islands in exchange for their humble beauty and views of the ocean.
The Caribbeans made do with all the resources they could find on the islands and made their own versions of the same. The primary ingredients being rice, plantains, peppers, tomatoes, coconuts, potatoes and beans; meats like poultry and fish and spices like rosemary, tarragon and thyme.
As amazing as this sounds, New York City also offers an array of Caribbean restaurants and if you find yourself in Philadelphia, just take the bus from Philly to NYC and enjoy the rich island’s cuisine right here.
Here’s a list of some of the best Caribbean restaurants in New York City:
1. The Food Sermon
The island bowls at The Food Sermon are the bestsellers here. Choose your protein (lamb, salmon, jerk chicken or tofu); your pick of rice; beans or chickpeas; main sauces to compliment the dish, tomatoes or gingery coconut and build your own bowl! No matter what combination you pick it will be delicious! That’s their guarantee.
2. The Islands
Marilyn Reed is the unmatched champion of cooking Caribbean food in the city. The jerk chicken at The Islands is so tender, you can slide it off of the bone with no effort. The classic dishes here include Mac ‘n’ cheese, simmered oxtail and goat curry with coconut rice. The one to try is the calypso shrimp: prawns in salty coconut gravy.
Just how a nice glass of wine goes with a meal at a good restaurant, Glady’s offers you a big ol’ bowl of rum to go with their smokey jerk chicken/pork. Enjoy the main with a bowl of rice and beans or their spicy coleslaw and of course, the rum. The ambience of this restaurant is amazing, best enjoyed with friends. A little drink, a little laughter and a whole lot of soul food to make your weekend even better.