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great Trinidadian food in Brooklyn

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  • Kala Apr 9, 2002 09:03 PM
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I went to a great Trinidadian restaurant called (I thought) Dinak Shak in Bed-Stuy, but now I can't find it. Does anyone know of Trinidadian restaurants in Brooklyn (esp. near the 4 line or near Prospect Park or near Crown Heights?) Thanks!

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  1. Ride the #4 to Utica Avenue. On Utica, between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard are many restaurants that serve good food (Ali's, Joyce's, Conrad's). If you get off the #4 at Franklin and then transfer to the #1 and ride to Nostrand Avenue, you'll find many options on Nostrand between Eastern Parkway and Fulton Street. A popular destination is Ali's, on Fulton Street, just off Nostrand (make sure to go to Ali's; there is another roti shop near that corner called Billy's; avoid Billy's, it is awful). Lastly, if you ride the Q train to Church and walk West towards Flatbush you will have a lot to choose from, especially on Flatbush. It's a lively area and fun to explore. For further help, go to www.rotishops.com. They have a long list of places in the NYC metro area. Enjoy and be sure to let us know what you find.

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    1. re: Brooklyn Boy

      Billy's is awful? Argh! I had roti there recently and thought it was pretty good (the bread was a little too doughy) so I am anticipating that the better ones will blow me away.

      I can tell you that there are a ton of Trinidadian places along Nostrand starting at Fulton Street (take the A or C to Nostrand). Get out of the subway at Nostrand and explore the places right around the stop (on Fulton and Nostrand) then continue along Nostrand toward Prospect Park (you will pass under train tracks and know that you are going in the right direction). There are places left and right as you go along Nostrand; I haven't explored much past a few blocks from Fulton but plan to get my bike out and do a little tour.

      Have fun!

      1. re: Kenzi

        Kudos to you for exploring! It's great to hear of someone else who enjoys pedaling through Brooklyn. If you plan to try Ali's or any others, here's a tip: try to go on Sat. afternoon when times are busy; the lines will be long, but because of the heavy demand, your bread will be fresh (also, service is quick at Ali's even during busy times). Regardless of where you go, please let us know what you think.

        Many thanks,
        BB

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      JessicaKlonsky

      Try Roti Shack on Flatbush and Parkside (I think). Its a nice walk from Prospect Park.

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      1. re: JessicaKlonsky

        Roti Shack is on Woodruff, near Flatbush. Though I've never been there, I've heard many good things about it.

        1. re: Brooklyn Boy

          Though I cannot remember the name, I do know that it is on Church ave between Nostrand and Bedford, closer to Bedford Avenue, next to a Laundromat