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Caribbean Comfort Food (fka Holidays)-Lunch report

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Caribbean Comfort Food (fka Holidays)-Lunch report

Denis | Apr 8, 2004 11:26 AM

The sign still says Holidays, but this place has officially changed its name to Carribean Comfort Food, and is boasting "New chef! New Food!" The menu, however, is nearly identical to what it was in the old incarnation. I'd only tried it once during that period, when I had a chicken curry roti that was OK but a bit weird-tasting. Yesterday for lunch I had the jerk chicken roti, which consisted of roti (thin, Indian-type soft flatbread) encasing a chicken leg, thigh, and wing that had been cooked in the jerk sauce. I'm no expert on jerk chicken, roti, or Caribbean food, but I thought it was pretty darn tasty. Peppery, hot, and sweet chicken, and the bread stood up to the sauce and had a nice texture.

For me, though, it could have been smaller and less expensive; it was around $8.50 including tax, which isn't terribly unreasonable for what you get, but for lunch I want to pay and eat less (though I of course ate the whole thing), and it would have been nice to have something on the side. There's no lunch special or separate lunch menu on the printed menu, but they did have some kind of special on a blackboard, albeit with no price on it. On the menu they do have special "meals" or something that come with rice and cost around $6, but these are not available for delivery. Also, it has a $10 minimum for delivery, which is prohibitive for a single person ordering lunch.

Based on the one roti, I'd have to say I find the place promising but wish their pricing and policies were a bit more lunch-friendly, since that's when I for one would be likely to think of this place.

Location: 57th (8th & 9th)

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