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Ambiance Caribbean Restaurant

Map & Directions 9413 Ave. L
Brooklyn, NY 11236
  • Haitian
  • Sun 10am-2am, Mon 4pm-12am, Tue-Fri 1pm-12am, Sat 10am-1am
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Takeout, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

This roadhouse, with a glitzy banquet room in back, offers a greatest hits of Haitian cuisine. The entrees are voluminous, well-plated, and exquisitely prepared, and note that there are no appetizers, sides, or desserts. Ambiance means business! Top of the charts is the griot, a confit of pork chunks marinated in citrus and shallots, then fried to crispness in the rendered lard. Though it means simply "vegetables" in French, "legumes" is a splendid cook-up of green leaf vegetables and meat, demonstrating the African underpinnings of Haitian food. The fried chicken is as good as any in Brooklyn, decorated with a few lonely onion rings. All entrees come with an introductory salad and your choice of various combinations of rice and beans.

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  • Village Voice on 03/14/11

    Get the djon djon rice-cooked in the colored and flavored mushroom water and then further flavored with shallots, garlic, and thyme that have been sautéed in butter.

  • Village Voice on 12/22/10

    They brought Riz Djon Djon to Choice Eats and everyone loved it! Give it a try with some mixed vegetables.

  • Village Voice on 11/14/11

    Winner of Best Haitian in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Legumes are not actually legumes here, but a beer and veggie stew.

  • Claudette C. on 09/01/11

    Taso and plaintains are good with the pick-lees

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