New York, New York
June 19, 2003
There are only about five tables, but the server hurries people away after they’ve eaten to make more room, so the wait shouldn’t be too long. You’ll be greeted by the most friendly guy ever -- he's from the French Caribbean and has a lovely accent. He eagerly explains the menu and makes suggestions. There aren’t too many choices on the menu, but they all sound delicious –- French Caribbean food at its best because it’s cooked by French Caribbean islanders themselves!
I opted for the duck with mango sauce, although I remember that there was chicken and guinea fowl on the menu too. The duck was perfectly cooked with a lovely spicy sauce. My mouth was flames, but my stomach was happy! "A" Restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license, but they send you next door to their friends at Café del Bar. You can buy whatever you want there and bring it back over to drink with dinner. The crème brûlée for dessert was excellent, creamy with vanilla beans at the bottom, honestly one of the best I’ve ever had!
This is a great off-the-beaten-path restaurant where you get a true taste of the French Caribbean for a small price. The restaurant’s small size and the friendly server just made the meal more entertaining. After dinner, you can grab a drink in Café del Bar (see my review of Café del Bar) if you'd like to make it a full evening.
From journal A Night on the Town: Dining and Drinking around Columbia University