When you consider cuisines that are popular on Staten Island, Sri Lankan probably isn’t the first that comes to mind.
But in a borough laden with delicious Italian food, this South Asian cuisine has found a firm foothold in North Shore neighborhoods, attracting both Sri Lankan natives and adventurous eaters. If you like easier-to-find Indian or Thai food, you’re sure to find something you’ll like in Sri Lankan cooking, which lands somewhere between those cuisines. There are lots of curries, but they’re a little lighter than you might be used to in Indian cuisine, and there’s lots of fish, coconut and other bright and tart flavors.
From quick, no-frills spots to lushly decorated sit-down restaurants with sprawling buffets, there’s no shortage of options to try — and luckily for those willing to commute for good food, they’re all pretty close to the Staten Island Ferry.