Foodie Tuesdays: Curry Goat

Rewind to the summer of 2002.  I was in the midst of my first truly independent summer, interning for Dutton Children's Books (a subsidiary of Penguin Putnam) on Hudson and Houston in New York City for two glorious months.  Come lunchtime, though, it was a bit of a struggle to find something decent to eat for a decent price.  I wasted much stomach space on mediocre snack-cart knishes and (ew) salads. 

Until one day, I was poking around looking for Peanut Butter & Co. after seeing it featured on the Food Network.  Having found it, though, I found myself inexplicably drawn to the hole-in-the-wall takeout counter nestled adjacent to it.  I eyed it for at least a couple weeks before finally deciding to take the plunge.  I can't remember, but I think it was my first encounter with Jamaican food.  I think I'd heard about jerk chicken, but something else on the menu caught my eye--the curry goat

Now, I love curry, and I love lamb.  For me, goat did not seem like much of a leap.  I ordered up some for maybe like $6, took the steaming parcel to a bench in the middle of West 4th, sat down and dug in.

Oh, heaven.

The curry was remarkably strong, complex, savory.  Little pleasure receptors in my brain were tingling.  I savored every morsel of tender meat, and when I got down to them, I even sucked the saucy marrow out of the beautifully thick, white bones.  It half occurred to me that these made the perfect kind of bones you'd want to give your dog to chew on.  But I couldn't be bothered with that, because I was enjoying myself too much =)

The take-out counter, Jamaican Flavors, has since closed.  I was so disappointed and broken-hearted when I discovered this in May 2008.  But it looks like this new place, blogged about on, might be a good runner-up to try next time I'm in the Big Apple.  Photo borrowed without permission.

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Ohhhh, hubby made that a few months ago and it was delicious! The house smelled of curry for a week though :-D
Steph, what are you going to blog about on Mondays? =)
Haha, oh Wendy, Monday was supposed to be about Early 90s Music.  I skipped this week because of Labor Day though =)

I just got back from a summer internship in New York. Gotta love that street food!
Caribbean Rhythms, at 1344 Gun Hill Road, borough of The Bronx, is my personal goat-curry holy grail:,-73.845956&sspn=0.001874,0.003369&ie=UTF8&radius=0.09&rq=1&ev=zi&ll=40.87157,-73.846536&spn=0,359.996631&z=18&layer=c&cbll=40.87076,-73.846798&panoid=VMJmtYfclfA3gMS8NszT_g&cbp=12,192.82,,0,10.13

But I wouldn't rule out Gloria's no. 2, at 764 Nostrand Ave & Sterling, in Brooklyn; they make an excellent goat roti:,+Brooklyn,+NY&sll=40.870759,-73.846799&sspn=0.001874,0.003369&ie=UTF8&ll=40.676041,-73.949318&spn=0,359.986525&z=16&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=40.672539,-73.950266&panoid=9eHKTAhGpGkY1tlgym0kJw&cbp=12,299.48,,0,4.87

Must one really venture out of Manhattan to find the perfect curry goat??
Yes. To see why, download this spreadsheet:
and check where immigrants from Jamaica and T 'n' T come to live.
Manhattan gets only 3.29% of Jamaicans and 3.21% of Trinidadians.
For some reason, 2.8 million foreign-born seems kind of low.  The total population of NYC is 8+ million right?  Are the rest of the immigrants settling in like, New Jersey and Long Island?
The answer to that question is in the very next table from the same source:
Table 5.1, Population Density and Percent Foreign-Born
There's 21.5 million people living in the NY Metro area. Of those, 5.2
million are foreign-born. The five boroughs of the city have 8.0
million residents, of which, 2.9 million are foreign-born. California
as a whole has 9.2 million foreign-born residents.
The USA as a total has 283 million residents, of which 33.5 million
are foreign-born. (See
So 9% of all US foreign-born residents live in NYC proper, and 16%
live in the NYC metro area.
Another tidbit: The 52,256 Trinidadians in Brooklyn alone are on a par
with the 54,000 who live in the island's biggest city, Port of Spain.