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best roti in Manhattan ??

ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 06:16 AM

I'm sure that bk or queens have better options .... but if we are stuck in Manhattan ... where the
best place to grab a roti ???

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  1. LeahBaila RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 07:18 AM

    I'm not sure this is the specific type of roti you're referring to/looking for, but I love the 'roti canai' at Laut: 15 E 17th St (Btwn 5th Ave & Broadway)

    15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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      ItsMee RE: LeahBaila Sep 27, 2011 07:28 AM

      I was thinkin , Trini style roti ... chicken , potatoes curry, chick peas

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      mayomayomayo RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 08:04 AM

      Hate to do it to you but you might have to default to Golden Krust. Google lists a couple of locations with phone numbers.

      1. Miss Needle RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 08:09 AM

        I would check out Freda's on the UWS. Haven't had the roti, but stuff I've had has been very good. The callaloo is not to be missed!


        993 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

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          Alan Henderson RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 08:09 AM

          Trini Paki Boys cart at 43rd and 6th. Check out midtownlunch.com for more details.

          Trini Paki Boys
          43rd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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            serenity0055 RE: Alan Henderson Sep 27, 2011 08:14 AM

            Roomali's hands down!!!!!! Best roti rolls ever.

            27th n lex

            97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          2. Duppie RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 08:19 AM

            I have some sad news for you,to get a real Trini roti,not Jamaican,not Guyanese,not Roti Canais or renamed kati rolls you're better off in Queens and Brooklyn.and if you don't mind crossing to the Jersey side,In Jersey city.

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              ItsMee RE: Duppie Sep 27, 2011 08:39 AM

              arrrghh ! THANKS .... WHERE IS JERSEY CITY ?!

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                Duppie RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 09:09 AM

                There is about 6 to 7 small Roti shops/bakeries/bodagas in and around JC and they go in and out of business almost on a monthly basis but the one that I have been ordering from for about 8 years now and have never had a bad Roti is Marsha's and Harry's Taste of the Caribbean located at 800 Comunipaw Ave just one door off Westside. 201 335 6654.
                The family is from south Trinidad and really know how to make a Dahl Puri Skin and the curry aloo and channa is indeed authentic, also because the tawa they use is Trini sized the Rotis end up being about 11/4 lb. The doubles are decent but the pepper sauce they use is rather weak so I bring my own and they will gladly put it in for you before wrapping up the rotis and doubles. My favorite is still the chicken but the Goat and Shrimp is quite good also.Also offered is a small selection of Matouk's products and I believe I saw some Apple J and Ting sodas awhile back.

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                  ItsMee RE: Duppie Sep 27, 2011 09:14 AM

                  Thanx ! What your favorite place for doubles ??

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                    Duppie RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 09:23 AM

                    SW Queens Park Savanna,Trinidad WI,next to the boiled corn lady......I have yet to have a truly authentic and tasty Doubles in America. Either it's too dense,thin,soggy,sweet, over salted or the biggest sins...the channa has no texture or the pepper sauce is just too weak or overly vinegary.

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                      LNG212 RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 11:44 AM

                      If you are in Manhattan and want doubles, definitely go to Trini Paki Boys cart.

                      Trini Paki Boys
                      43rd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                        ItsMee RE: LNG212 Sep 27, 2011 12:25 PM

                        Do you know what timethwy close ?? ... I went at 3ish and he was closing up shop :(

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                          LNG212 RE: ItsMee Sep 27, 2011 01:08 PM

                          Yes, it's best to get there by maybe 1. Sometimes he runs out of doubles too if you get there too late. He also carries bake & shark, but I've not had it. I like his hot sauce too - though usually I have my own (sister's homemade) shado beni sauce too.

                          I guess it's more a lunchtime crowd. And, heck, aren't doubles breakfast food anyway? :)

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                            Duppie RE: LNG212 Sep 27, 2011 02:14 PM

                            Quite right...Doubles started out as a inexpensive,portable source of protein and carbs for the field workers in the countryside but became even more popular with the long shore men at the Port of Spain wharves in the 50's and later around the Savanna for a quick snack before patronizing the scores of rumshops and bars that was scattered in and around the capital
                            Doubles is a uniquely Trinidadian snack food as is Shark and bake.

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                      sixelagogo RE: Duppie Oct 7, 2011 12:52 PM

                      good tip on JC- thanks!

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