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Bust-Up Shot: newish Trinidadian restaurant on 9th Ave is the real deal

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Bust-Up Shot: newish Trinidadian restaurant on 9th Ave is the real deal

Skillet Licker | Dec 19, 2005 01:05 AM

Its called Orchid, between 46th and 47th, and they bill themselves as Caribbean/Soul Cuisine. But its heart is definitely Trini. Serrendipitously, I practically fell into the place while rushing over to see Sweet Charity. The owners are very gracious and friendly and laid back.

I had curry chickpea and potato over smoked turkey yellow rice, with red beans, and a side of mac n' cheese. Now tell me, how can that be bad? In fact, it was excellent, especially the savory kidney beans. Also good was the requested hot sauce (here its made with fiery Scotch Bonnet chilis).

The Ms. had the boneless stew chicken (pulled) which she declared exceptional.

Carib beer went perfectly with the chow. They also offer something called sorrel shandy which I've never had (its an alcoholic version of the usual sorrel drink).

Though I'm not a big fan of the dish, their sweet potato pie was perfect, with a well-carmelized top and a dollop of cream. The flavored coffee (I forgot what they call it) was a nice departure from the usual.

Manhattan, at least south of Harlem, is practically devoid of trini food, so this is an important find.

Also on the menu are the following tempting items: split pea fritters, sauteed cassava, spicy jerk chicken. Next time.

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