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WEST INDIAN Food New York City | NYC Trini Food Guyanese Food


Today we are going to take you to the
islands of the Caribbean and to the northeastern coast of South America
without buying a plane ticket or hopping on a plane. We’re going to Guyana and to
Trinidad and Tobago today. So we’re gonna be in South Richmond Hill/South Ozone Park
Queens. It’s a very concentrated community for Guyanese and Trinidadian
groceries, food, culture. It’s one of our favorite food neighborhoods here in New
York City – that we rarely go to. It’s because it’s kind of far from us. Took
the bus, now we’re waiting for our train ride So we’re waiting for the A train
and there’s a little confusion here. So if you’re trying to come visit, there’s
two A trains. There’s the A train that goes to Far Rockaway and JFK Airport so
you’ll see a lot of people with their luggage. And then there’s the A train that
goes to Lefferts Boulevard. That’s the one you want to take is the Lefferts
Boulevard A train to get here. After that long journey, we’re at Lefferts
Boulevard, last stop on the A train. We are ready to eat! Gonna hit up about
four to five spots today, depends how we’re feeling. Gonna have a lot of different
foods. We’re gonna get some aloo pies and doubles, some roti. some pepper pot, some
other baked goods and we’re gonna see what else we could find out here too. Right now we’re at the corner of Liberty Avenue
and Lefferts Boulevard. So Liberty Avenue is the main strip here in Richmond Hill/Ozone park for a lot of shops here, lot of restaurants, shopping centers,
a lot of that. But actually our first stop is gonna take us down Lefferts
Boulevard off this main strip to our favorite spot for Trinidadian food and
snacks. It’s our favorite spot for aloo pies and weekend-only bake and shark.
It’s called Trinciti, so we’re gonna take you there now. Let’s do it. We’re outside Trinciti. We’ve
mentioned before that we come – we don’t come here often, but whenever we get on
long flights to Asia, we make sure to stop by. This spot is very convenient to
JFK Airport is very close by. So we’ve been coming here for about four to five
years. And what we really love from them are their aloo pies. Aloo pie is a fried
dough – it has a little potato inside then it’s stuffed with chickpeas. Very
portable – that’s why we like to take it on trips with us it’s very easy to eat.
And what’s special here is on the weekends, they have Bake and Shark. It’s a
classic Trinidadian sandwich that’s often found on Maracas Beach. We’ve not been yet – yet is the key. We’re gonna go but they only have it here on Saturdays and
Sundays it’s delicious, so we’re gonna get that as well. Starving. Hello. Can I have three aloo pie and one bake and shark please? Everything please. Thank you. Finally got it. Rip it open. What is this? Bake and shark. Bake and shark Bake is this fry bread on top And we have fried shark meat buried
in here with all these different chutneys, mayo, there’s mint chutney,
there’s cucumber, there’s a slice of ripe pineapple, there’s cabbage, there’s lettuce
there’s tomato. This thing is packed – look at that Shark is so meaty, juicy. It’s got
the creaminess of the mayo, has got the spiciness from the pepper, crunchiness from the
veggies and you get the pineapple in there too – that really puts everything
together. All that pineapples so good with the shark. Sweet, spicy, creamy and
savory – man. I’m not sure if you can really see it but this is pineapple
tomato cabbage and of course shark. You got so much going on So bake and shark was incredible Now, we got our favorite plane food – aloo pie See how tightly packed all the
ingredients are right there. So you have the channa (the chickpea), the pepper sauce, the
tamarind sauce all together in this fried bake and it’s actually stuffed with potatoes.
So if you know what a knish is, especially the old-school New York
street knishes, this is very similar. So let’s take that first bite. There’s out-of-control flavor that one bite.
That really spicy pepper that hits you. Then you got the crunchy cucumber, then you
have those soft curried chickpeas then the inside itself the potato has
cumin flavor. Spicy sweet tangy the textures are soft, a little crunch – oh man.
This is really one of my favorite foods. Period. Not just in Queens, but period.
This is like – and all it just it’s a buck fifty for it. A few of these and you’re
full, that’s why we take these on the plane. Every couple hours you eat one of
these – fills you up. This is unbelievably good. It really is. This little space right here used to
be their old space. They’re so popular and so good that now they’ve expanded to
a much larger store front. So we’re very happy for them – they’re an incredible place.
We are off to our second stop. First stop was a great success, but our second stops
gonna be really interesting. It’s a fusion of Chinese food and Caribbean food – both
never been. Both never been to this spot – it’s called Good Hope, so we hope that
the food is good right? Hehe corny as hell, I know We have made it to Good Hope. Stop two – gonna see, should be some interesting stuff. Fried rice with jerk pork. Got that Caribbean, that Chinese. I like those kind of mashups. We’ve had this kind of food before – it’s really good so we’re curious to see how they do it here. Cha chi kai chicken and one more thing –
jerk pork fried rice, please. Thank you. Alright, so our first dish has arrived. It’s called
Cha chi kai chicken. Fried chicken pieces with chopped scallions peppers
– smells like it could be a little spicy. It looks very crispy. This almost
reminds me a lot of like the Chinese American fusion like a General
Tso or Sesame Chicken, but without the heavy sauce on top. Looks like a dry
spice – looks really interesting. Curious to check it out. Seriously can’t wait to eat. We got the cha chi kai chicken and then we
have jerk pork fried rice. It’s got a little vinegary tang to it
definitely hot, you can see the little seeds with the scallions chopped up. It’s a really nice
dish. It’s not saucy, it’s really crispy, really good. Bone-in chicken too – that’s where all the
good stuff is, you know? Let’s try a bite of this jerk pork covered with a little bit of rice.
Definitely has that Chinese char siu roast pork flavor, that classic Chinese
roast pork flavor. It’s a little bit of jerk, it’s not a not a very dominant jerk
flavor in there. Looks like they lacquered a little bit
of sauce on there, but this actually reminds me much more of like a classic Chinese
American roast pork fried rice. Very much so. It was a very interesting experience. It was more like a bar it was definitely like a spot for
bunch of guys to chill and drink with some food on the side. It was a very
interesting place with full of dudes. So that’s 5:35 p.m. We started this crawl
at around – we actually got here at like 1:30/two o’clock. Yes. And
now we are on our third stop. Trying a new dish tonight a traditional Guyanese
dish we have never tried before called pepper pot. We’ve been to Sybil’s many
times but we’ve never tried this dish. Yeah – very excited to check it out. Got some stuff. Got a little more stuff than I expected to get but that’s what
we do. Like little baked goods. Just to let you know this is our third stop This thing – called tennis roll What’s in here? It’s like with cheese. It’s a slice of cheese inside. But it’s a traditional Guyanese roll Whoa I got these chicken patties. Heard they were supposed to be really good. And pineapple tart And then we got the pepper pot, which I’m very excited about. The famous pepper pot. We have pieces of oxtail, there’s a little piece of star anise right there too and there’s cinnamon cloves.
I don’t think is in this specific batch but there’s cinnamon cloves in here as
well. So it looks very tender look at this strikingly dark sauce here.
A very slow cooked dish looks like a lot of love is put into this. Whoa look
at this cartilage Could really taste that star anise, slightly sweet.
Oh then the little heat comes through after kinda feel a tingle in my nose
there a little heat. Now let’s get a little piece on the bone The flavor combo – that dark sauce with
the oxtail and beef is just such a nice combination. Look at this tender meat just comes
right off the bone. This is delicious. Dark sauce comes from cassareef, which is part
it’s made from cassava root. This is a real dark liquid so it really goes well
with this kind of meat. Get that nice cartilage it really feels like that
collagen it’s like eating cow foot, chicken foot. It’s all that good stuff
good for your skin. I grew up eating Jamaican patties a lot. Jamaican beef
patties and later on Jamaican jerk chicken patties, but never tried a
Guyanese patty before. So this is the Guyanese chicken patty, let’s check it out. Chicken’s got a nice spice to it. The
outside pastry is really flaky it’s really nice. Chicken is densely packed
inside You still have that layer of pastry on
the outside. It’s good it’s not too buttery either it’s really nice.
Great first time trying this. As you can see, it’s night time. We are heading to our last stop Well, may not be the last. Heading to our next stop. Which is Singh’s So we’re – Sybil’s was Guyanese and now we’re going back to Trinidad and
Tobago once again to Singh’s. Yes. Singh’s is a long time favorite. First place I tried Trinidadian food way back in the day 15 years ago we’ll say. My mom introduced
me to it she heard it from some friends. So this spot is great – they have awesome
dhalpuri roti. Gonna get that with some goat curry. And we’re gonna get some
doubles the classic Trinidadian snack. The two pieces of bake – the fry bread
with the chickpeas inside. Similar to the aloo pie we had earlier but without the
aloo – without potato. We have our first dish from Singh’s this
crazy double right here. It’s packed to the brim with channa, the chickpeas. Though it’s
similar to the aloo pie we had earlier, except there’s no aloo in here – there’s
no potato. There’s just the bake – the two pieces of bake, the fry bread on the
outside with the channa (chickpeas) inside with tamarind sauce with pepper sauce,
cucumber I believe, carrots. Chickpeas for sure Let’s take that bite It’s a nice switch up from the aloo pie
because the potato doesn’t block out the flavor of the chickpeas and you taste
more of the bake as a result. As much as we love aloo pies and we do, the doubles are
very nice too. They’re both so delicious and the channa was exploding
out of that bite. Trinidadian food Guyanese food – some of our favorites because you get
that Indian and that Caribbean fusion. It’s beautiful. Ahh I love this place! First, we’re gonna tell you how big this order they gave us. With potatoes in curry. So much curry in here. And the dhalpuri roti – look at this thing!
It weighs about a pound or two you know it’s heavy. It was all under ten bucks! Alright so the first bite is gonna be of this potato It’s so soft. Some potatoes can be
underdone, tough. This is really soft it absorbs all the flavor of that curry.
It’s been stewing in that curry in the front for hours. And, now that it’s been
in this container with the goat for a little while, it’s absorbed some of that nice goat flavor too. It’s great. Let’s actually get
to the goat meat. Look at this big chunk of goat You have some bone-in, but this is a
boneless piece right here. Let’s take a bite It’s nice that the goat is chewy in a
good way but a bit of tenderness. It’s not like
fall-off-the-bone melt-in-your-mouth tender, but it’s got that good combo of
chew and tenderness it’s really good. It’s very meaty We’re not done. We’re gonna go to another spot. This spot called Veggie Castle. Do a lot of vegan Caribbean food but they
also have a juice bar. We definitely got napkins. Look at all the napkins we got. Napkins for days, for years, for centuries. Oh my god this is a lot a lot a lot a lot

Yvette Parker

100 Comments

  1. All of these foods looked great. I've only eaten traditional jamaican foods like jerk chicken or patties. Will definately make a drive out there this weekend.

  2. I love that you can take the trains everywhere in NYC. I so wish we had that in Florida!! Good to know that this place is close to JFK. I might just stop by next time I fly into that airport!

  3. Good stuff!! Heading to NYC in April and looking at trying places outside of Manhattan – your videos are super helpful!

  4. I haven't had Indian food for ages! Your video has made me super hungry. It's great that you can get such amazing authentic food in NYC though

  5. I love the intro and music! I've never had Indian food before since it isn't that popular in California. I plan on going to NY and I'm gonna try all these places! Especially the pizza joints you go to!

  6. hey you guysss.. nice couple .. love the picture here.. the color and all that..what camera did you use?

  7. wowww.. so many things in that area love all the colors , the food super nice.. hungrryyy.. am making omelete

  8. Fried shark meat!? Wow! Brb, I need to wipe all this drool off my laptop hahaa.

  9. Can't beat Caribbean food. I usually ask them to put some shrimp in my aloo pie, makes it so much better. Guyanese chicken patty is delish. I lived in that area for over 20 years and now I live a few hours away in a different state. I miss eating that food. Did you guys try the pastries? I love cassava pone, pine slice, salara (red coconut cake), black eye cake,…

  10. Yo, ya'll ate this in one day?! You don't play around! Bake and Shark looked dope, and that Pepper Pie reminded me of Mole lol.

  11. Have to agree that ox tail 😍 seems like they put indonesian kecap manis haha 😂

  12. since i just got back from India, i love to try Indian food lol.

  13. Wow. Your guys videos are awesome! Me and my wife are coming to NYC from New Zealand in September and i've been watching so many vlogs about what to do and all the typical touristy things that NYC presents but finding your videos opens up my mind about getting out of Manhattan and visiting some of the other neighbourhoods to try these foods and check them out. Your content is up there with the best that i've seen and i'm sure as people like me stumble across them you'll get subscribers and views. Keep up the good work,

  14. ohh new york!! I want to go there someday 🙂 We should totally support each other 🌻 New here

  15. Haha we have to stop watching food vlogs before breakfast 😂 great video guys! We know what you mean about the trains in New York being a bit confusing, we got so lost on the subway when we were there! NYC has such a diverse food culture! Being from Australia, we haven't had much exposure to Caribean food, but YUM!

  16. Really loved this video! I can see the love and appreciation you have for the Caribbean food and culture. I love the music and the pace of the video as well. I was glad i saw this. I ate from Singhs once and their food was very good and very good portions as well.❤❤❤🔥🔥🔥

  17. Goes without saying but amazing food choices as always. Really enjoying your editing etc also guys. The videos are looking great! Love that you stop off for flight food. We like your style! Another great vid! Thomas and Sheena PS brilliant how it got more and more like a party etc time you went somewhere new 😀🙌

  18. Ya Mon! YAS! MIss the trains of NYC. Good Hope sounds good. Interesting to have Chinese and Caribbean mash up vibe. Always good to have leftovers. Another great video and now I'm hungry as hell. LOL

  19. You need bread to dip in the stew part. Reminds me of Christmas

  20. Awesome video. I definitely have to try that juice bar. Thank you for sharing.

  21. I've never tried Guyanese food! I will have to add it to my list of things i want to try

  22. This video made me so homesick . I live in the DMV and I suffer not finding good Caribbean food.

  23. Omg how can u go to trin city and not have a doubles ! Lol..the guyanese chicken patties from syblis are a MUST TRY with the peanut punch on the side!! love how you know so much about out food though🤪 the editing makes the neighborhood look a lot more glam than it it is haha ..that A train smh. Great job👍🏼

  24. Not to be a hater but it is pronounced caz-rip. It is made from Cassava. It was first made by the Amerindians who were the first people to arrive in Guyana. It was lovely watching someone who knows how to pronounce Guyana, this channel is a breath of fresh air

  25. The pepper pot is best with the plait bread from Sybil’s aka Guyana bread lol there’s also pork pepper pot & chicken which is just as bomb and idk if you ever tried aloo pie w. Shrimp or pine tart but If you haven’t try and check those out when you get a chance! Loved the vid

  26. Caribbean Chinese fusion? I can’t even imagine what that taste like

  27. Hey Greg, didn't see this video yet. I l like how you start by traveling towards the food. LOL. It's nice as you see the entire trip and transport in other cultures. I love it, since you know I'm traveling everywhere too, loving life!
    Keep it coming!

  28. Looks like a fun trip! Love your video style and the editing… what camera do you use?

  29. I LOVE Indian food! I need to convince my husband to go a he is not to adventurous with eating lol!

  30. Haha your reaction to that place being full of dudes – y’all have me dying 💀

    This was a long food tour for y’all!

  31. Please to my Trini and Carribean people, dont eat Shark meat, they're endangered species!

  32. Awesome video. I love to see people enjoying our Caribbean food.🤗

  33. Love your video. You should have had some bread with the pepper pot it bring out the flavor even more. New sub here.

  34. I seriously live for your food videos. You make me so hungry. lol

  35. Wow great video! I really love the guyanese food! Which food would you rather? Trinidadian or guyanese food?

  36. You mentioned the meat? I didn't understand? Bacon chard? I have never been out of the south ever.. other than to Mexico back in the 1970s. The way you say "dude's" was cute. Ox tail beef? I have never eaten it.

  37. Don't eat aloo pies like a sandwich, start at one end. You guys have a healthy appetite. PS curry goat not goat curry.

  38. pepperpot is LIFE 🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾

  39. You have to eat the pepperpot with homemade bread. Best thing ever. Sending love from 🇬🇾

  40. Hi guys , the sauce is called cassreep made with the extract of bitter cassava. It is acþually boiled down to the dark brown in color, it is also a meat tenderizer.

  41. Pepperpot actually tastes better after 2-3 days when cooked. The cassareep acts as a natural preservative and keeps the food well and very tasty. All you have to do after cooking it is keep it out and warm it up every day and serve until done. Pepperpot is a food in high demand and many West Indian restaurants seek out Guyanese cooks who can make a mean pepperpot dish.

  42. Queens is a crazy place …I don’t think there’s a more diverse place in the world . Gotta love it !!!

  43. Nyc gives me a feeling i cant explain especially at night..the food looks amazing!

  44. Great job showcasing some delicious Trinidadian and Guyanese food..

  45. I love how this white boy knows all the names of the food from guyana.

  46. Have mercy on us who live where the food is non existence. In Europe.

  47. Love this video bro good stuff man much love first video I seen on a trini review I'm from longisland we dont have these spots so I still go back to queens an Brooklyn

  48. Should’ve tried Guyanese sweets ! They more on the Chinese Caribbean side , it’s called pine tarts and black eye beans but shout out to y’all for experiencing my peoples food , dope video

  49. Omg! You made me homesick with all that wonderful food. Left Richmond Hill about 20 years ago and living in concord nc.
    Wow!

  50. New subscriber. This guy looks like the nicest guy ever, love hearing a white guy talk about Guyanese food lol, Such a cute couple.

  51. You guys gotta do Haitian and Jamaican food in Brooklyn on Flatbush and church ave

  52. U gotta try the pepper pot with bread…Any bread can do but try with plait bread…

  53. Lol I live down the block from liberty ave, next time get the chicken over rice from 121 st, across from the citi back

  54. love your channel. You guys have a healthy respect for Caribbean foods. Much respect from trinidad. Great to see so much of our east indian brothers and sister's foods internationally. Just a question, any Afrotrinbagonian dishes available in NY? Not seeing much by that way.

  55. You pronounced some of the foods funny a little off but nice Caribbean foods

  56. Singh’s is my go to place, when I’m craving Trini food in NYC. Their roti is the best🙌🏾🇹🇹😋

  57. Indian food also getting rhr wawww… Beautiful video dear

  58. Trincity is my breakfast go to spot. They expanded from what it was 2 years ago. Also singhs isn't was it was in the early 2000s it has gotten bad. Best Chiny guyanese spot is Kaiteur express. Everyother spot is ok and you should have gone to.S&A on liberty. Now that's authentic Guyanese and Trini home made dishes also vegetarian.I still got excited seeing you guys in my neighborhood trying west indian food love it.

  59. Shout out to you all exposing the masses to Guyanese and Trinidadian food. In the future, know that you traditionally eat "Peppah Pot" with traditional white "platt" bread, and the casava based ingredient that makes the stew black is actually pronounced "kazz-rip" or "kazz-reep".

  60. Thankyou so much for covering our foods so nicely. Love from a Trinidadian 🇹🇹 living in the 🇬🇧

  61. omg. i've been wanting that bake and shark ever since seeing Andrew Zimmern eat it on Maracas beach. Such interesting places! Thank you! I'll be on the next flight from Chicago to go eat with you guys.

  62. You guys have to try Hibiscus fried rice, Carribean cabbani chicken comein, anil's roti doubles

  63. I am from Antigua my mother from Guyana so am mix guyanese food is heaven😍😍😍😍😍

  64. I’m so happy you went TriniCiti, you should try the bussup shot roti & dhal pori there. You could eat it by itself that’s how good it is. Thanks for love & appreciation of our Trini food 🇹🇹💙

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