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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

KOTTU HOUSE, 250 Broome Street (between Ludlow and Orchard Street), Lower East SideI think I’m pretty tolerant when it comes to spicy food. Numbing Szechuan food is one of my favorite cuisines and I can certainly take down some jerk chicken or spicy Mexican salsas with the best of them. But I was surprised when the waitress at Kottu House described the dish I tasted as “American medium.” The spice was through the roof!

She even told me Sri Lankans would go much spicier than this. I couldn’t hear everything she was saying because I was trying to breathe in as much air as possible so my tongue didn’t spontaneously combust.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

LAKRUWANA, 668 Bay Street (at Broad Street), Stapleton, Staten IslandMost people think Staten Island is only good for one thing – a free ferry that takes you by the Statue of Liberty. Casual foodies also know there’s some mighty serious pizza out on the forgotten borough. But it’s only the most hardcore and adventurous of food lovers who have been out to visit the rough neighborhood of Tompkinsville.

This (and nearby Stapleton) is where you can find Little Sri Lanka. In fact, a third of the Sri Lankan population in this country resides out here. So you better believe if there’s authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to be had, this is where you can find it.

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