Sri Lankan restaurants on Staten Island

Sri Lankan restaurants on Staten Island

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.

Jillian Jorgensen