After reading last week's NY Times 25 And Under Review, I went to check this Jamaican place out yesterday afternoon. It is a cute-as-hell hole in the wall next to the key foods on Washington Avenue. This seems one of those classic "chowhound" places and I'm surprised it hasn't been discussed more on these boards. In its own way, it reminded me of the old Mina in Woodside. The wait is unbearably long-- as in longer than DiFara's long-- and the NY times article was partly to blame for this. But the real issue is that the two women behind the counter seem to cook everything-- and I mean everything-- completely from scratch. The results however are worth it. I ordered the curry shrimp and codfish roti and also a ginger spiced lemonade-- all of which were absolutely top-notch-- so much so that I am seriously considering returning today despite the unbearable wait. A woman there told me she kept dreaming of the pineapple cheesecake-- she just couldn't get it out of her mind. And now I really want to try that to-- also got a high recommendation for calypso chicken which is coconut based.
I almost didn't want to post this because the crowds are already too much for this place. They are not prep-cooks-- I'll tell you that. They made the curry sauce for my shrimp totally from scratch-- even to the point that they were slicing scallions for it-- now, that could have been done beforehand to save time I think but it's like the DiFara's/Mina spirit-- cooking one order at a time competely from scratch.
What you have as a result is Jamaican home-cooking from an unbelievably talented cook.