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Best Trini/Jamaican/Roti shop in NYC?

Wet Towel Dec 19, 2010 12:03 PM

Preferably Bklyn or Queens. Nominees? Looking for a place that can accommodate 12 people. Annie's? Singh's? Other?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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    JFores Dec 19, 2010 01:08 PM

    Singh's is very good and it can easily hold 12, but I've switched to a place a few blocks down in recent years. Place about halfway between Singh's and the el is another roti shop which I actually don't know the name of. A Trini friend of mine took me there and I've continued to go back. Their doubles are the best I've had in the area and the dal puri is made fresh to each order for rotis. Really cheap too. Usual setup with a DJ/CD seller in the back on the right.

    1. missmasala Dec 19, 2010 02:34 PM

      Do you need to sit down? If not, I nominate Ram's on church ave for roti--theirs are great.

      For best all-around, I prefer singh's to annies, and also I think it's bigger--and duh, just noticed you said "accomodate 12 people" so forget about Ram's which is really only for take-out.

      Haven't been to the one JFores mentions, but you could always look for it with Singh's as your fallback. On weekend evenings, Singh's can get crowded.

      Ram's Roti Shop
      1919 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

      Singh's Roti Shop
      131-18 Liberty Ave, Queens, NY 11419

      Annie's Roti Shop
      127-07 Rockaway Blvd, Queens, NY 11420

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      1. re: missmasala
        ChiefHDB Dec 19, 2010 07:05 PM

        I quite like Royal Roti House and A&A on Nostrand for doubles.

        A&A Bake and Doubles
        481 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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        Amy Mintzer Dec 19, 2010 08:27 PM

        GREAT roti (a claim I make confidently, even though I'm no expert!) at a small place with tables on New Lots Ave. #3 train to Van Siclen, turn left on New Lots. It's on the left-hand side of the street, somewhere between Van Siclen and Schenk (only a 2-block stretch).

        1. missmasala Dec 18, 2011 07:17 PM

          Had occasion to get doubles from Singh's for the first time in a long time the other day, and I have to say that they are still my favorite doubles. (Tho I have never tried the A&A on Nostrand or the place JFores mentions here) I've tried Annie's, Sybil's, Ali's etc, but Singh's just taste better to me. I was trying to analyze it and decided that it was partly because of their tamarind and peppa sauces, both of which are really great.

          Singh's Roti Shop
          131-18 Liberty Ave, Queens, NY 11419

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          1. re: missmasala
            Mike R. Dec 19, 2011 07:00 AM

            Take note: RAM's ROTI on Church Avenue is also shut down.

            1. re: Mike R.
              bolletje Dec 20, 2011 06:47 PM

              I was super sad that Ram's closed, I loved their roti.

              1. re: bolletje
                Mike R. Dec 20, 2011 07:15 PM

                Actually, Church Avenue lost two significant roti shops in the past year or so...the "In Between Eatry and Pastry" near Coney island Avenue also went bust and shut in 2010. They had some severely good aloo pie with channa and saltfish bake...albeit in a somewhat out-of-the-way location.

                In Between Eatery and Pastry
                1003 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

                1. re: Mike R.
                  missmasala Dec 21, 2011 06:40 AM

                  Yeah, I loved both Ram's and In-Between. Ram's had excellent roti and vegetables. And we used to get doubles at in-between after soccer games at the parade grounds. They weren't the best doubles, but they were good and the lady who ran the place was so nice.

                  1. re: Mike R.
                    squid kun Dec 21, 2011 09:32 AM

                    Seems an outpost of Am Thai will be opening in that space ... http://ditmasparkblog.com/food-drink/...

                    Am Thai Bistro
                    1003 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              2. re: missmasala
                natashapea Dec 21, 2011 02:22 PM

                I'm also still really missing Ram's, but have recently discovered Shayna's on Church Avenue and East 10th street (right off of Coney Island Avenue). The food is incredible and the roti skins are the freshest I've ever had.

                907 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

                1. re: natashapea
                  missmasala Dec 22, 2011 10:23 AM

                  I've never had the roti at Shayna's, but I'll have to check it out. I've found the doubles (when she has them) to be just okay. Though the proprietor (Shayna?) is super-friendly.

                  1. re: natashapea
                    Barry Strugatz Sep 24, 2012 01:10 PM

                    Ate for the first time at Shayna's on Saturday. Didn't try the doubles but the vegetable plate and the chicken roti very good. She made the rotis fresh from scratch as I watched.

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                  Zier Sep 25, 2012 04:21 AM

                  Give the Roti Road House Cafe a try. Their food is very fresh homemade style and a much better quality then many of the places often cited on Chow. One of the things that I liked about the Carib food I have experienced in its indigenous settings is exactly what RRHC tries to duplicate here in NYC. It is a smaller place though so I would call ahead for a party of 12 and see if they can do it.
                  Roti Road House Cafe
                  129-32b Merrick blvd, Jamaica, NY.
                  (718) 527-7684

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