Sri Lankan Food in NYC: Little Sri Lanka New York Food Tour

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Sri Lankan food is one of our favorites. We first tried it in Staten Island about five years ago. Then, we gained a deeper love for it when we visited the country in 2017. So, we decided to film a whole video on the cuisine in Staten Island, which is home to a Little Sri Lanka and has the largest Sri Lankan community in NYC.

Take a look at the list below for all of the stops on this tour. These can be found on the below map:

Staten Island


1: Sagara Restaurant
98 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301


First stop of this tour is Sagara Restaurant in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. They were well-reviewed by Ligaya Mishan from the NY Times Hungry City column. Since we had three spots to visit, we kept our order to one dish. First, we started off with a masala tea, very fragrant and delicious. Then, we received our mutton curry lamprais. This was a delicious and beautifully arranged dish wrapped in a banana leaf.


2: New Asha
322 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301


Up next, we visited a well-known longtime neighborhood staple New Asha. Located in the epicenter of Little Sri Lanka surrounded by Sri Lankan grocery stores and restaurants, it is a must-visit. Immediately, we experienced the incredible hospitality of Viji, who made us feel at home. We got the feeling it would be a special experience right away.

Here, we ordered several dishes including kottu roti, a dish made of chopped roti that we ate in Sri Lanka. Also, we ordered several veggie curries, mutton curry along with egg roti and string hoppers on the side.


3: Lakruwana
668 Bay St
Staten Island, NY 10304


Lastly, we ended our Sri Lankan food tour with an all you can eat buffet. Wait, what?? Yes, you heard right! Lakruwana was the first Sri Lankan restaurant in Staten Island. Since then, it has moved to the current location in Stapleton just blocks from the water and the Staten Island Railway.

Before dinner, we explored and walked around the neighborhood to work up an appetite. We also spotted the Sri Lankan Arts and Cultural Museum, coincidentally affiliated with Lakruwana.

Once we step foot inside the beautiful restaurant, the connection made perfect sense. The space itself feels like an art museum, with decor, cups, serving bowls and teapots imported from Sri Lanka. In fact, the buffet set up was just like an all you can eat buffet we visited, Mati Gedara, in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.

Let us know in the comments below which place you would most like to try.

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