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Posted by Good food, great price , slow service on 08/01/2006
This was my first time having Haitain food. The food was good but service was extremely slow even though my mom and I were the only two people in the restaurant. The portions were excellent for the price. The restaurant was small, with lively painted walls and beautiful art work. This should be noted one of New york's cheap eat.
Posted by turtle love on 02/22/2006
Went here two weeks ago for an early dinner. the waiter was extremely friendly and helpful, as this was our first go at haitian food. the food was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxed... and simple in a good way. we had some appertizers made with yucca... which were especially good. for the main course, i had the goat, which was cooked to perfection. my lady friend had the chicken which was tender and mild (to taste). each dish came with plantains, rice and beans and salad. even the salad dressing was good. the only negative was (as another reviewer pointed out) is that the rice and beans seemed to be a bit over cooked. maybe that is the style, i am not sure. however, this did not detract from the overall lovely experience we had. i should point out, this restaurant is very inexpensive and one of the better deals in the city. i would recommend it and will be back myself.
Posted by The writer on 01/08/2006
I have been a regular at Krik Krak for about 6-7 years now. Most of the food have always been great but the service is very poor and has been for about 6-7 years. I am from Haiti, I love the food that's what keeps me coming back. It's great that they renovated the place because now it looks more like a restaurant than a dive place. It now looks more upscale and classy. The paintings are beautiful. Although the service is still not good the food keeps me coming back. Before the people acted like they were doing you a favor to bring you the food that you are paying for. Now the only thing they need to work on is the waiting time. The few people that work they are very nice but sometimes my patience wears thin. Here's a break down on what is great on the menu. As for appetizers: the Akra De Malanga, Petites Boullettes de viande and Bananes frites are all great.... Especially the acra but they taste better when they are hot. As far as the soup.. on Sundays soupe de giromond doesn't taste so great it actually taste more like Bouillon instead. They do not use enough Squash... it's made too watery. The main course: what you must try... the lambi creole, poisson frit, tassot cabrit, boulettes, griot, tassot dinde, Legume choux. ALL fabulous.... the portions are less than before but it is delightful to the taste buds.. Again, apart from their slow service the food would get a 9 out of 10 only because the chicken and dinde en sauce is subpar.
Posted by Krik Krak? I have a story to tell! on 09/09/2005
After reading the Daily News review of Krik Krak Restaurant, I decided to take an American friend there for dinner. I was excited at the prospect of eating great Haitian food. I couldn?t decide whether to have griot or poisson gros sel, (the only two things they had on the menu that day). Needless to say I was disappointed. The service was subpar. The fish was stiff, the rice was burnt and the salad was past its prime. I don?t understand how that restaurant got such a great review. The decor and the paintings on the wall, particularly the bright red abstract, were the only things that left a good impression.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2005
I went to Krik Krak last Saturday evening with a non-Hatian friend of mine. I had read the review posted in the Daily News last week and thought that this would be a wonderful experience. When I requested the rice and beans, I was told that they were all out. I was told the same thing when I asked for the white rice with bean sauce. Instead, I was told that I could have the Mushroom rice. Instead of the two orders we requested, the waitress brought out one small plate of mushroom rice which was burnt. The waitress informed us that there was no more rice but she managed to bring that serving out to us. Translation, "we scraped the bottom of the pot and are serving you the scraps". Ten minutes later, I saw the same waitress bring out a fresh plate of rice to another patron. The plantains were dry as Wisconsin hay after a summer drought and the griot lacked flavor. I am still desperately in search of a good Hatain restaraunt that I can take my friend to because after Saturday's meal, I've been trying to convince her that I am of another cultural background.
Posted by robert on 08/15/2005
I'm from miami and there is a great population of hatian people as well as hatian food. This place takes me right there and the food is awesome. Phone ahead as the service can be a little, let's say, relaxed.
Posted by Gigi on 07/31/2005
Came here last week since it was recommended by a friend, I had a wonderful time. The place was cosy, the service was lovely and the food DELICIOUS!. Do visit and you will return for more.