I was in Staten Island yesterday and tried New Sunshine, a Sri Lankan restaurant at 3 Corson Street, right where it starts off of Victory Blvd. and Monroe St., about a ten-minute walk from the ferry terminal. Since Lakruwana closed in Manhattan, I've been jonesing for some good Sri Lankan food.
The main dishes were pretty good. The best was a kotthu roti with lamb, which is like a casserole of chopped-up roti, vegetables, and the lamb which you could just eat with a fork. As requested, they didn't skimp on the spiciness and the lamb was good (although it's a bit of a drag to have to constantly pull bones out of your mouth; be warned). We also got string hoppers with lamb and chicken curry, which came out as noodles. Not as good as the kotthu roti, but still alright, and the chicken curry had a nice kick to it.
The appetizers weren't thrilling; we got a mixed platter of samosa- and pakora-like things that didn't do much for me. Iced tea was overly sugared and made from an instant mix; sweet lassi was very good and a nice foil to the spicy dishes.
As a final note, I'm not very familiar with Staten Island but the neighborhood we were in looked fascinating, culnarily and culturally, with Sri Lankan, Polish, Mexican, Jamaican, and Trinidadian restaurants along the stretch of Victory Blvd. from Bay St. to Corson. I'm definitely interested in exploring this area some more.
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