In southeast Queens, Little Guyana hasn’t yet garnered the same mainstream cultural cache of say the city’s Chinatowns or Jackson Heights. But for those make the trek here, it upholds a booming Indo-Caribbean presence — one filled with uniquely multicultural, grandma-level West Indian soul food not found anywhere else in the city.
Little Guyana runs along the 40-block-or-so stretch of Liberty Avenue (officially named Little Guyana Avenue in May) from the Van Wyck Expressway to Woodhaven Boulevard at the southern border of Richmond Hill. It caters to the predominantly Guyanese and Trinidadian communities of Asian descent that dominate Richmond Hill and adjacent South Ozone Park. The multicultural legacy — forged by the Indian and Chinese indentured servants in then-British West Indies — reveals itself in the food strikingly.
Make your way around the marigold flower garlands streaming from party shops, saree (also called sari) boutiques and grocery stores, and head to these eleven restaurants in Little Guyana.
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