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Jun 26, 2009 01:09 PM

Mt Kisco, Jamaican?

Clipper magazine had an ad for a new Jamaican place in Mt Kisco on South Moger Ave. Does anyone know anything about this?

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  1. Yes, I walked by it last week. It is a sliver of a tiny place in the Mt. Kisco Mall across from Okinawa (Hibatchi place) and around the corner from Starbuck's. It is a takeout place, and has a counter with hot table behind glass for the proprietor to serve customers. It looked rather inexpensive, and had basics like Jerk chicken. It was empty at dinner time, but I did not try the food. They are trying to also do catering.

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    1. re: citygirl

      I ate here today. Food was excellent. We had Jerk Chicken and Oxtail. Both came with Rice and Plantains for $11. I spoke with the owner and she will be adding tables, but for now it is take-out only.

      1. re: winston1

        Good to know! I live up the street and had no idea! Something different in this neighborhood!! I am tired of these shi shi places like Cafe of love....Does anyone know what's opening up next to Mango Cafe? I heard it is suppose to be French....

        1. re: Paris76

          Same here....tried cafe of love a few times...its ok. Can't wait to try this new Jamaican place!

    2. I passed by this place recently and was wondering about it--- I poked my head in but there was just some kid at the counter talking to a friend and I didn't see any food so I left. Thanks for posting this!

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        We tried it the other night, not bad. Goat curry, stewed chicken and jerk. All came with rice and plantains. They have a menu, but not everything is offered each day. A nice addition to the never ending parade of Italian and Chinese in this area!

        DH spoke to the owner of the Irish place next to Mango Cafe, the new space will be a middle of the road French bistro. He wasn't sure of the opening date.

        1. re: ktzap

          Ok so it will be French..I hope it will be a true authentic place. I hate restaurants where noone is from the way I went to the Jamaican place yesterday, very very limited menu. But I got patties, which were ok and jerk chx wings for my husband, H ereally liked it. Next time def going to try to goat curry. Have you seen also that behind the Starbucks at the end of the walkway where the bank used to be a place called Churchill will be opening there. Probabaly another restaurant...We'll see!

          1. re: Paris76

            Unfortunately went by CHurchills today and its a clothing store...I was so disappointed!

            1. re: apples

              Well is there really a need for another resto in this area? lol...That way it's means I can eat less and shop more!

      2. I ate at the restaurant a few days ago and the food was spectacular. Very authentic cuisine made by someone who is actually from the country and grew up eating these foods. The cafe is small which creates a very homely atmosphere. There were tables there when I went so the option of dining in is now available. The brownstew chicken was awesome, very savory, it is served in a gravy and flavored very well. I would hands down recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking to expand their options and enjoys some spice in their life.

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        1. re: foodsnob31

          Good to know! I will be going back either way. When I went it was only open for 3weeks and they were still getting themselves situated..waiting for tables etc...Can't wait!

          1. re: Paris76

            Went back yesterday. Food is very good. Dinner for $11 and I could not finish it.

        2. Just went there last night, Monday 8/10. Owner wasn't there, a friend (non-employee!) was running the store. The owners son (or some other misbehaved 13-year old boy) was sitting alone inside yelling/chanting obscene / scary things to apparently nobody (e.g,, I am going to kill you!). The kitchen was out of most things and they were not really sure what they had and what they didn't, even after 10-minute consultation with the cook. So super chaotic and off-putting atmosphere. Now that THAT is out of the way . . .

          What I ended up getting was brown stew chicken (rice/beans), jerk chicken (rice/beans and small amount of veggies) and several patties. While some of the patties were burned (although I don't believe I was charged for them), others were perfect, and might be some of the best patties I ever had. And wIthout any doubt, the chicken dishes were the best I have ever tasted anywhere including the motherland. Really, really good!! COoked perfect (not dry at all) and spiced perfect (heavily! but not too much, if that makes sense).

          Try it, definitely try it, but be prepared for some bumps before you leave with your booty.

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          1. re: hankf99

            I've been there several times. Brown stew chicken and curry goat were both very flavorful and robust. I thought the jerk chicken was just a bit dry when I tried it, although that too was full of flavor. Patties were really outstanding. Easily worth the money, and the owner is very friendly and eager to please.

            1. re: NickM

              Just went to Touch of Jamaica the other day; this is a local gem, and every Northern Westchesterite living in the radius of Mt. Kisco should be pleased. The food is at its core healthy, delicious and substantial. The restaurant itself is in its infancy and finding its legs. What you get for $11 is easily enough for dinner and lunch the next day; and the classic rice, peas and cabbage is quite healthy. The jerk chicken is the best I've ever had; the oxtail and curry goat were both fantastic as well. The beef patty was not at all greasy or oily and was very good. Everyone here who reads this should take it upon themselves to eat there a bunch, let friends now about it and make sure it stays around. Worth noting too is that they cater. I highly recommend Touch of Jamaica and consider it the *best* ethnic place in the Mt. Kisco area: Lefteris II is a glorified dinner with massive portions but not 1/10th the quality or taste of ToJ, Passage to India is overprices, local Mexican places do not inspire me; Thai Angels is ok, but....ToJ fills a real void locally. And the owner is a lovely woman who is passionate about serving people delicious authentic food.

          2. We don't live nearby but were up in the area yesterday and recalled this post. Lacking decent Jamaican down in Southern Westcheste we were very anxious to go. The result: food was great, fresh and flavorful, the owner is lovely and the restaurant itself while small, is very bright, immaculately clean and airy. The only bad thing I have to say is it is too far from us to make it a frequent visit but we will go back as often as we can and will definitely have to schedule some trips up that way just for the food.

            What we had: Beef and chicken patties - homemade and hands-down the best I've ever had. Fish Sandwich: tasty, well seasoned, fresh and moist on flavorful soft bread. Jerk Chicken: We had all white meat and it was very moist, appropriately spicy - unlike most places you can actually taste the variety of herbs and spices used. Curry Shrimp: Very good, plenty of shrimp and peppers. The only downside, the rice and peas were on the dry side and while I could see it was cooked with herbs, I didn't taste it.

            The oxtail wasn't ready so we couldn't try that but looking forward to it and curry goat next visit. The woman at the next table ordered it and it looked delicious. We were too full for dessert but the coconut cake and bread pudding are on my radar.

            If you live up there, please go and keep this place going. It is a gem.

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              1. re: laylag

                Can you eat at the restaurant?

                1. re: CTeater

                  Thanks ice cream and to CTeater, yes. There are only a few tables - three as I recall - but it's very pleasant and friendly.