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ROTI IN TWO BOROUGHS

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ROTI IN TWO BOROUGHS

Brooklyn Boy | Jan 19, 2002 02:49 PM

My roti obsession is growing. So far this weekend I've tried two roti shops and am still thinking of the next time I'll eat one of these blessed foods. Here are the details:

1. After work last night I rode the #5 train to Church Avenue and picked up a roti at Andy's Restaurant (between Raleigh Place and New York Avenue). Service was a bit slow, but nothing too bad. The roti bread was quite good, warm and chewy, just as I like it. The filling, though, was too heavy with potatoes, so that it overpowered the flavor of the cabbage and carrots. Overall, not bad, but not the best, either.

2. Last Sunday's New York Times ran a short piece on Richmond Hill, Queens, reporting that it is known as "Little Guyana". Not wishing to be left out of the action (and excited by the thought of having another roti), I rode the A train to the last stop, Lefferts Boulevard. The NYT article had pinpointed Liberty Avenue between Lefferts Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway as the main drag. I roamed up and down this stretch, finally stopping in at Singh's Roti, a huge, bustling roti shop near the corner of 132nd Street. The staff was very attentive and helpful and the prices were the cheapest I've seen thus far. Back at home, I sank my teeth into the tastiest roti I have ever had. The bread was warm, fluffy and delicately spiced. The filling was a perfect combination of pumpkin, cabbage, greens and hot sauce. And the thing was huge, about twice as big as other rotis I've tried. For dessert there was a sweet, soft cassava pone. Ali's, Gloria's, move over, Singh's is now the frontrunner.

That's all for now. But I'll be back soon with more roti news. For anyone who is interested, I found a good online roti resource: www.rotishops.com

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