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There's a line out the door at this popular roti shack, where the marquee invites "Hurry, Hurry, Come for Curry." Of the rotis, our fave is conch-a plenitude of tender gastropod vying with potato for domination of the brown, thyme-inflected gravy. Or pick from curries of shrimp, goat, oxtail, and beef, any of which can also be poured over peas and rice. A particular favorite is the vegetarian corn chowder, mobbed with okra, taro, carrots, and microdumplings, and thickened Chinese style with cornstarch. Note that the sweet and frothy peanut punch is much better as a dessert.
Favorite Bed-Stuy pit stop Ali's Roti Shop specializes in the flatbread sandwiches pioneered by Bengali field workers who arrived in Trinidad to harvest cane early in the 20th century. The flatbread in question is dal roti, with crushed yellow split peas between its flaky layers, and the fillings run from chicken, bone-in goat, shrimp, and conch. Ali's has been on Fulton Street for 25 years, and the original proprietor has become something of a celebrity back in Trinidad as a result. 1267... More »
A dozen blocks north of St. John's, find ALI'S TRINIDAD ROTI SHOP, decorated with a sign that intones: "Hurry, Hurry, Come for Curry," and purveying the city's best goat roti, crammed with strongly flavored meat and lubricated with a thyme-inflected gravy. Wash it down with the frothy peanut punch. The shrimp and conch rotis are also fab. More »
We can't wait to sink our teeth into another conch roti at Ali's Roti Shop, where the pink-shelled sea creature comes wrapped with potatoes and chickpeas in the Bengali flatbread called dahl poori - with extra hot sauce, of course.
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