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Feb 8, 2011 11:48 AM

Pon Di Riva Jamaican in Ossining

I dropped by Pon Di Riva today. It is a small place by the Ossining train station, in what is called Station Plaza. The inside is not much to look at and only conatins a counter and three small tables. Most of the places I like are small hole-in-the-walls, so this did not bother me much. I got a large oxtail to go. First let me say that the large should be called huge. It was probably over two pounds of food. It came with beans and rice, as well as vegetables. The portion of meat was a good size, but there were enough rice and beans for two meals, at least, but only enough oxtail for one. Next time I will get a small. The large was under ten dollars, great for ox tail. Other choices included jerk pork, stewed chicken and something else I can't remember. The ox tail was delicious in its rich, meaty, thick goodness. The only complaint I can come up with is a little less salt. The rice and beans were, well, rice and beans, good for an side. With portions and prices like this I will be going back. I am really interested in trying the jerk chicken, which is how I usually rate Jamaican places, I just can't resist oxtail.

Here is a link to the NY Times article.

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  1. There's a groupon today for this place-- $7 for $15 worth of food... anyone else been? The goat curry sounds tempting... Menu here.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      we went over the last two weeks, it's good, jamaican comfort food, really nice people. The place in mt kisco had finer food.

      1. re: vinouspleasure

        "The place in mt kisco had finer food."

        Vinous, is the Jamaican place in Mt. Kisco closed? We don't live nearby so didn't go much but really enjoyed it when we did. Is this place the same owner?

        1. re: laylag

          yes, unfortunately the place in mt. kisco closed, we loved the food and the people that worked there. Pon Di Riva does not have the same owner but they mentioned they may hire the chef from kisco.

    2. Had lunch here the other day and really enjoyed it. Agreed that the oxtail could have used a little less salt, but they were otherwise delicious, as was curry chicken. We loved the Jamaican bottled hot sauce (just right heat) and was pleased to find it at C-Town on 133 for 89 cents...looking forward to trying their jerk.

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      1. re: Marge

        c-town also started carrying walkerswood jerk seasoning. On the bbq circuit it's generally recognized as the best bottle jerk seasoning. I put a rub on wings, smoke or grill for 30 minutes and start basting with dark beer and a couple of tablespoons of walkerswood.. delicious.

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