New York Part 1: A restaurant review

Me outside a Sari and Pooja store in Richmond Hill, NY

For the past two weeks I’ve been up north traveling between NYC and Hartford, CT.  I’ve been catching up with old friends, family, the social scene and the food that I’ve missed.   On one of the very first days here I had the immense pleasure of having the worlds best bake and shark.  My blogging cousin and I were on Liberty Ave taking photos for our blogs when we decided to step into a Trinidadian restaurant called Doubles Man  the original A&A Restaurant.  The events that followed completely took us by surprise.  We were doing a test run of Kanema’s brand new Canon Rebel and decided to take a photograph of the delicious doubles and aloo pie when it caught the attention of the owner of the restaurant.

Aloo pie with goat curry

He inquired if we were food bloggers and immediately started chatting with us and supplying us with free food and drinks.

Borderline Mommy drinking fresh grapefruit drink.

He invited us the following day to try the Bake and Shark, which is so legendary there is usually a line out the door.  I couldn’t pass up this opportunity because I’ve always wanted to try it but was always discouraged by the long lines.  On the following day, not only were we given Bake and Shark but as much food and drinks that we could eat and carry.

Me and my Aloo pie

We sat in the store for two hours and there was a continuous line to the door, and to be honest, after tasting the bake and shark  I too would stand on that line.  Folks, it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.  It was a hefty sandwich with tender and perfectly seasoned fried shark that was slathered in a Garlic sauce and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and pineapple!  It was DIVINE!

I’m in heaven with my Bake and Shark

We had the pleasure of tasting the noodles, fried chicken, aloo pie with goat curry, fried rice and fresh homemade juices.


We loved it all!  The food is fresh, well seasoned and judging from the owners, I can tell it’s made with love.  They were very warm and friendly and the nicest people you will ever meet.

Ama, Aneil and I

Hamlyn, his son Aneil and daughter Ama all work side by side in this family run restaurant that started 28 years ago in Brooklyn, NY.   If you cannot make it down to the Liberty Ave location, there are 2 other locations in Brooklyn at Church ave and Nostrand ave and at St. Marks and Prospect.

The Doubles Man

The Original A&A Restaurant

120-09 Liberty ave

Richmond Hill, NY 11419



  1. June 7, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    Oh you must have been in Trini heaven! 🙂

  2. Alica Ramkirpal
    June 9, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    OMG my hometown! I found your blog while looking for other Caribbean blogs. Is that first picture in front of DJ’s?? I used to buy sari’s from her when I was younger, now she is just too expensive though!! I love your recipes. I also write a foodblog my website is

    I saw the picture of your bora at the top of the site and I immediately said omgosh another Guyanese girl yay!! Well its nice to meet you Jehan, I am Alica, hopefully we can connect more often!


  3. JehanP
    June 10, 2010 / 7:10 am

    I sure was!

  4. JehanP
    June 10, 2010 / 7:12 am

    Nice meeting you too, I will be visiting and checking out a fellow Guyanese blog. Also check out she’s another Guyanese blogger with great picture and recipes.

  5. June 11, 2010 / 11:19 am

    This was a great day. Guyanese meet Trinidadian and it felt like home, no segregation. The welcome was great and the food was delicious. I shall return 🙂

  6. Rashida
    April 6, 2011 / 11:33 am

    Been there, loved it and will have to make a trip back this weekend because my mouth is watering after reading this 🙂