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Chow's Caribbean - Tarrytowm, NY

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Chow's Caribbean - Tarrytowm, NY

Deven Black | Aug 9, 2004 01:52 PM

The four of us had tickets to see Festival Express at 10PM, so we thought arriving at the restaurant a little before eight would give us plenty of time. Foolish us.

There was one table of three in the sixty seat restaurant when we walked in. We were seated immediately, and in a couple of minutes the waitress came to take drink orders. A mojito, a passionfruit martini, rye & giner and bottle of Red Stripe took ten minutes to arrive. We should have taken that as an omen.

The menu is traditional Island food: jerk chicken, ackee and fish, goat curry, etc. We ordered at about 8:20. Two apps and four entrees. Unexpected complementary bowls of very flavorful slightly thick chicken soup arrived about 10 minutes later. Good start.

Our apps arrived about 15 minutes after the soup. Jerk chicken wings were very spicy and falling off the bone. A chicken patty has flaky pastry and a savory filling. Both went quickly. The we waited.

And waied.

And waited.

At 9:15 I mentioned to the waitress that we needed to be at a movie at 10. She said it would be about five more minutes. At 9:30 we still didn't have food and I went to the bar to ask for it to be packed to go. The waitress said it was ready to serve now, but I said we had to leave. It took another five or six minutes to get and pay the check and get the food packed. No apologies from the staff for the delays. We just made the movie.

Festival Express was wonderful, and after we went back to our friends house to eat. The food had been packed very well and was still warm. My goat curry was complex and delicious, and everyone else said their dishes were also very good, which is unfortunate because now I'm tempted to go back the next time I have a few hours free.

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