Welcome back to another NC4OT restaurant suggestion!
If you haven’t visited Suede, keep reading on why you NEED to visit Suede like…TODAY. Or if not today…THIS weekend! Just do yourself a favor and add Suede to your “Restaurants to Visit” list lol.
Though Suede is a Caribbean food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, it is practically located in the middle of nowhere. Sorry, no bar hopping after dinner! There are no restaurants or bars around in sight. Just Brooklyn homes. Suede is a restaurant strangely plopped in the midst of Brooklyn families. And even more, you’ll want to drive to this location rather than take public transportation – otherwise, only a bus can get you to Suede. Moreover, the atmosphere is very LOUD with AMAZING Caribbean music! I’ve been twice and I can never stop whining in my seat in the middle of a conversation. The music is just that good; you’ll want to hit up a Caribbean club right after!
Visiting Suede on a weekend is bound to have a longer wait time than on the weekdays – compare an hr wait to absolutely no wait at all. However, that’s expected with every restaurant in NY!
About The Food
Again, Suede is an all-Caribbean food restaurant with maybe a hint of Southern flare (i.e. cornbread). The food is amazing so let’s get right into it!
◊ Coconut Rum Punch: Like.
If you like a strong drink, you’re in luck. This rum punch is just as strong as you expect rum punch to be. Not too sweet. Just liquor punch lol.
◊ Mango BBQ wings: Like.
I’m not much of a wings kinda gal, but Suede’s wings are definitely tasty! Sweet, well seasoned. I’d recommend them for the wing lover. And with a side of cornbread? You have my heart at cornbread. And I love when my date isn’t a fan of cornbread like myself. I’ll take that entire piece thanks! Lol sweet cornbread, similar to BBQs. Just how I like my cornbread.
◊ Codfish Fritters: Like.
I have to say these were a bit of a disappointment. Not because of flavor! Flavor wise its all there, but consistency-wise? These codfish fritters are TOO soft as you can tell from the photo above. I expect codfish fritters to be similar to what Bajans call “fishcakes”, fried balls of CRUNCHY delicious codfish! I question whether these are made fresh for each order! I assume if they were made fresh, they would still be CRUNCHY.
◊ Salmon Crabcake: Love.
This baby is DELICIOUS but WAYYYY too small. There are two on the platter for yourself and your date, but you’re left wanting more than one! The sauce drizzled on the bottom of the plate is similar to a chipotle mayo sauce? Suede restaurant’s website does not share all its menu items and the ingredients in each dish. So unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly what the sauce was. I just know I wanted more to scrape and dip with my crabcake. Bigger crabcakes please!
◊ Chicken with Rum n’ Raisin Waffles: Like.
Now I may be a bit harsh on this chicken and waffle dish, BUT it’s only because my tastebuds have experience the famous Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles from Soco and now NO chicken and waffles dish can ever compare! Suede’s chicken and waffles are def for the inner-alcoholic in all of us. The syrup is stronggg with the flavor of rum. If your drink wasn’t doing the job, the waffles will have you feeling a bit more “nice”. And of course, the chicken was well seasoned as you’d expect a Caribbean restaurant to execute well, BUT the waffles just tasted pretty ordinary. If you’ve had Soco’s chicken & waffles, you may be unimpressed with the flavor of the waffles in this dish.
◊ Baked Macaroni/Macaroni Pie: Love.
Now this macaroni pie is DEFINITELY better than the one at Soco’s. Suede delivers on what true West Indian macaroni pie should taste like. And I am VERY particular when it comes to my FAVORITE FOOD EVER. Suede’s has multiple cheeses, a sharp cheese taste, and a hint of sweet pepper goodness. On both visits, my macaroni pie never disappointed myself and my date! Both times, my macaroni pie looked and tasted the same – consistency is key! Next time I should order another side of pie to go lol.
Creole Pasta with Shrimp and Creole Pasta with Oxtail
◊ Creole Pasta with Shrimp | Creole Pasta with Oxtail: Love.
My boyfriend and I are both pasta lovers! Honestly, what made me fall for my boyfriend early in our dating was the fact that my boyfriend and I enjoy and dislike the same foods. We were/are food soulmates lol. We always want the same dish or same drink. We try to make the other change their mind so we can taste a different entree, but most of the times, we end up getting the same thing lol. Smh.
So I ordered creole pasta with shrimp because I’m a seafood lover more than a meat lover. Both of our pastas had the same exact sweet and spicy flavor. The serving is LARGE and we were definitely full after ordering an appetizer, entree, and a side. You won’t be disappointed with the portion size of the pasta! And if you’ve ever had rasta pasta, you may notice some similarities in this creole pasta, like choice of vegetables and a spicy, creamy sauce! The difference? Creole pasta has a distinct tomato/red sauce flavor unlike rasta pasta’s creamy alfredo-like sauce. That’s the only way I can explain it; just understand that it’s good and I’d recommend it. My boyfriend, who ordered his pasta with oxtail, also loved his dish and would order it again.
Overall, I’m definitely returning to Suede for more Caribbean food whenever I want to eat out, but ALSO eat what I’m accustomed to at home at the same time. I love that Caribbean food is finally getting its shine in actual sit-down-and-eat restaurant venues instead of just small shops in Brooklyn and Golden Krusts. If you have no experience with Caribbean food in NYC, do yourself a favor and visit Suede to see what you’ve been missing!
Until next time!