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Jun 18, 2008 06:38 AM

Surinam Restaurants

I inquired a couple years ago about any Surinamese restaurants in NYC and came up empty-handed. Now I've got a friend back in town looking for Surinamese food and was wondering if any new places have opened since?

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  1. Hi Frank.

    not long ago Warung Kario opened in Queens NY. google warung kario and you will find the address. They got a good review. Good luck.

    9 Replies
    1. re: Surinaamsedame

      ya been meaning to try this place. anyone else been here? any must -haves?

      1. re: bigjeff

        I'm going this week. I'll report back.

        1. re: ironfrank

          allright, come on then- reports as promised :)

      2. re: Surinaamsedame

        Did I go to the wrong place? I am new to New York, but when I read about a Surinam restaurant I couldn't wait to go. So, armed with my navigation, we headed out to Queens, but the place the nav took us to, did not look very friendly. We actually ended up turning back about a block before the destination, everything was boarded up and not very friendly looking. I'm am not a chicken, but wherever I was, had my pretty nervous! I am really looking forward to some good Surinam food and would love to give it another try if anyone can help steer my right.

        1. re: bakerbear

          That's just too unfortunate- but I have to admit that Warung Kario is in a bit of a funny area, shall we say. I went there by taking the A train all the way to the end (Ozone Park - Lefferts Blvd‎) and had to walk for another 10 blocks, and some local Guyanese chaps loitering near the subway station could not resist but make remarks about me and my Surinamese wife. I don't care really but yes I can see the area does not come across as super friendly. That said, it seemed perfectly well safe to me just walking the streets there- so I reckon it must be safe especially when travelling by car. Do not let this stop you from going to Warung Kario though, the food is an absolute reward for braving the area!

          1. re: rdeman

            Sounds worth a trip. What did you have, and what was good about it?

            1. re: squid kun

              Dave Cook's approach is probably a very good one, although I do recommend trying the saoto, with plenty of sambal (the sweet/spicy soy-based sauce on the table) and skipping the egg in the soup. It's quite different from the Indonesian soup that it's based on -- a little richer, thanks in part to the allspice berries that go in during cooking and the Maggi cubes (which may sound offputting, but has become a near-ubiquitous ingredient in Surinamese cooking).

              I think the big "win" at Karung Kario, though, is the home-made snacks you'll see on the shelves by the cash register -- usually some cassava chips, etc. There's a nut-based chip whose name escapes me that is definitely worth a try. You might also try pitjel as a side (bean sprouts with a peanut sauce) and dawet (a sweet rice-based drink) as a balance to anything spicy you might go for.

              1. re: kimcheater

                That nut-based chip sounds like pejeh. My blog post on Warung Kario...


                ...includes a good-sized slideshow, with a pic of pejeh toward the finale.

                Dave Cook

        2. re: Surinaamsedame

          I've visited Warung Kario only once, on a weekday (they're closed Tuesday, please note), so I haven't tried many of the weekend specialties, particularly sweets. And I simply didn't have room for the saoto soup that the owner insisted I must try next time. My favorites were the bakabana (a fried ripe plantain with peanut sauce) and a heap of reddish-brown slivers that turned out to be a tangle of sliced, spiced, and fried potato and chicken liver. The staff at Warung Kario are very nice, so you could also simply ask them to make you a plate; that's what they did for me.