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Codfish Fritters at Maroons

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Codfish Fritters at Maroons

Eric Eto | Apr 10, 2003 12:21 AM

I was put under some pressure this week to find a suitable place for a couple visiting chefs for something delicious yet moderately priced, and something not Asian or European. Since we were in the Chelsea area, I chose Maroons as it's been a place that has provided me with consistently good experiences. I was feeling a bit uneasy about my choice until the first thing came to the table -- the codfish fritters. These are some of the most delicious things that I've had in NYC, and they didn't fail me, but more importantly, made me look like a star to my chef friends, who were also quite impressed with them. These fritters have no trace of grease, and are deeply flavored with ginger. The accompanying sweet sauce creates the perfect counterbalance for the spicy ginger. There's molasses or maple syrup playing a note somewhere in there as well. This was followed by a shrimp appetizer and then entrees of jerk chicken, jerk pork and goat currry which all performed up to the high note of the cod fritters. While these dishes are dressed up for the Chelsea environment (and probably not the best available in the city), they were true to their humble origins and quite competently executed. But those cod fritters really do rock.

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