In search of: Bake and Shark
Help! I'm a fan of Trini food (especially doubles), but *really* want to try out Bake and Shark. (I live in the Bronx, so I've got to know it's available, before actually trekking all the way out to--say--Queens.) Anyone know where I can find it?
--Janet (Gaijin Girl)
Man, I love Bake & Shark, pretty much my favorite Trini food. But I don't recall seeing it in New York yet. It's not even all that common in Trinidad except at the beach.
Haven't been a long time, but Sugarcane on Flatbush used to have it on their brunch menu, served with about four different sauces. It was great, and much fresher than most bake joints around the city. (Then again, it is a breakfast item, and I've only gotten bakes at lunchtime elsewhere, so it's likely that they've been sitting around for a while.)
A couple of years ago, there was a trinidadian restaurant on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan in the lower 40s/upper 30s. Not sure if it's still there.
Otherwise, you could check out Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, where many Trinis reside.
Beyond that, you'll have to fly down to Maracas Bay where the real stuff can be had.
Thanks, Hellgate and Lambretta! I just did a search on menupages for Brooklyn. (Right now, Sugarcane doesn't appear to have it on the menu - at least the one that's posted. But...another place called Justin's Island Cuisine does...so that looks like a lead to follow...!)
If that's the Justin's in Downtown Brooklyn, they have it on the menu but you may want to call ahead. They've only had codfish and bake whenever I've gone in the AM. That said, Justin's is a nice inexpensive option for Trini and Guayanese food in Downtown Brooklyn.