This earnest little Hell’s Kitchen spot is a classic mom-and-pop eatery: Married co-chefs Mel (a local boy) and Trinidad-raised Anesha met while working at Macy’s nearly 20 years ago and realized their restaurant dreams meshed. His family’s soul-food recipes and her island dishes are popular for take-out, but dining in the restaurant is also a treat. Festive with twinkling little lights, palm trees and orchids, the place feels more like a beachfront jerk shack than a Ninth Avenue storefront. Jerk preparations are filled with pungent brown spices, and the slow-cooked curries, ribs, oxtail and roasted chicken are crowd-pleasers. Mel’s supreme potato salad, made with secret seasonings, is so good he won’t even share the recipe with the missus.
Orchid Caribbean/Soul Cuisine
|Venue name:||Orchid Caribbean/Soul Cuisine||Contact:|
675 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||between 46th and 47th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu 11:30am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $10. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|