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New Haitian restaurant in Newkirk Plaza Brooklyn

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New Haitian restaurant in Newkirk Plaza Brooklyn

cooljerk | Dec 8, 2003 02:35 PM

Here's some preliminary feedback on Citadelle, a new Haitian restaurant in the Midwood/Ditmas Park area. (28 Newkirk Avenue, 718-421-9807, take the Q Train to Newkirk Plaza) . The restaurant just opened a month ago and I think they are still getting the kinks out (in fact, the first couple of times I tried to order food, I was told the kitchen wasn't ready yet. It's always been empty when I've walked by.

Nevertheless, today for lunch I tried their Stew Goat - for $6.50 you get a very generous "small" portion (2 containers) - big chunks of meat removed from the bone, tender and fresh tasting, in a mild tangy sauce (quite oily, but tasty). Second container was rice and beans (good but nothing earth shattering) and fried plantains (mmm).

Some things I didn't try from the menue were Poisson Gros Sel (Fish Citadelle Style), Lambi Creole (Conch), Fowl Chiken (Stew), Oxtail, Boulet (Meat Balls), Acras - also some interesting breakfast options, plantain or corn meal with liver or codfish (Ragout, poisson, foie, morue, mais & banane) - I'll try some of these and post again if anything stands out.

I really haven't tried enough Haitian food to give this a meaningful evaluation... Compared to E&R (on Church Avenue), Citadelle might be a more pleasant place to dine, even though it's really a takeout place. My impression is Citadelle is a lot cleaner than E&R (the two ladies who cook behind the counter have their health certificates posted prominently on the wall). I had a wonderful chicken stew at E&R a long time ago, but was disappointed on my second visit - I'd be curious to hear a more knowledgeable chowhound's opinion on both places.

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