Caribbean Spice Cart Distinguishes Itself With Coco Bread & Roti

Carribean Spice Cart

When the Caribbean Spice Cart popped up at the end of April on 46th Street btw. 6+7th it had a pretty tall order: to operate a cart selling Caribbean food just 5 blocks away from the Jamaican Dutchy- what I consider to be one of the best carts in Midtown. Sprung from the ashes of Caribbean Spice, a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant that had closed down at the beginning of the year, early reports from the cart were mixed. The first meal I had there was decent, but not great, and Danny from in Mouth reported that the oxtails were just mediocre. Now, with actual signage (when they first started it was just a cart with a piece of poster board) the cart is finally hitting their stride, and while it’s pretty clear they’re not going to unseat the Dutchy, there are two items on the menu that set them apart.

Carribean Spice Cart

While the Dutchy and Caribbean Spice carts cover most of the same bases (oxtails, jerk chicken, various curries, ackee and salt fish, and escovitch) the one thing C.S. has that the J.D. doesn’t is roti. Almost identical to the Indian version (which is thicker than the Malaysian version), roti is a staple bread in many West Indian countries, used to sop up curries. You can order roti in place of rice & peas as part of the large order of anything, or buy it separately.

Carribean Spice Cart

For $9 I got the large order of goat curry with roti, which is a little pricey for not getting rice and peas- but you do get a ton of roti, which while not the greatest of all time, was surprisingly good for coming off of cart. Half of the goat curry was fat, so if you’re not into bones and a lot of fat, you may want to go with the curry chicken. The little bit of meat there was in dish, was very tender and the curry had a nice (albeit tame) flavor, perfect for dipping the roti.

But even more exciting than the roti is the coco bread- which in and of itself is nothing special. A large piece of slightly sweet egg bread, it is pretty similar to the consistency of a doughy hot dog bun. It gets its name from how you split it open like a coconut and stuff it with a Jamaican patty! Always a fan of the carb on carb sandwich, I’m pretty excited that this Jamaican treat has finally made its way to Midtown.

Carribean Spice Cart

$3 ($1 for the bread, $2 for the patty) is all it takes to secure this Jamaican beef patty sandwich. The oily spiciness of the patty is perfectly cut by the slightly sweet coco bread- creating my new favorite Midtown sandwich!

If you want the best Jamaican food in the Midtown, go to the Dutchy, but if you work in the high 30s/low 40s or have the craving for some roti or a Jamaican beef patty sandwich, the new Caribbean Spice cart will do you just fine.

Caribbean Spice Cart, 46th St. btw. 6+7th


  • I tried C.S. after the C.A.F. girl did a review on it. Needless to say, since I’ve been to Jamaica and know what quality Jerk SHOULD and COULD taste like, I was disappointed with Spice’s food.

    Their chicken is relatively bland by “Jerk” standards, it was quite greasy and as much as I’d like to say the Chicken (which was cold ontop of it all) was forgettable, but It won’t be because of how disappointed I was in it all.

    I know, sorry I was expecting Jerk Chicken where you can see the mud rub of spices on it.

    If some people care I’ll post a jerk recipe I used this past weekend to “make up” for the lackluster lunch. It is as authentic and delish as you could prob get in NY without the availability of cooking your chicken over Pimento wood.

    I haven’t been to the Dutchery YET, but will soon.

    Just saying, when I think Jerk Chicken it should look like this.
    No idea where that pic is from but that’s what good Jerk looks like.

  • Wow, that sandwich is mouthwatering!

  • Just had the beef patty sandwich. It was pretty good. I got it with hot sauce. I’ll def get it again because for $3 it’s a steal.

  • An additional point for CS, they make and sell their own ginger beer. It’s fairly sweet with a serious ginger bite (I admit, sometimes I cut it with regular ginger ale when I get back to the office), but very good.

  • wow i frickin love jamaican beef patty sammiches.. coco bread, hurrah! my jamaican friend grace says she likes to slip a slice of cheese into that interior patty, too, so it gets all down and melty with the beef innards. succulent…

  • Oooh, that ginger beer sounds good. I’m a sucker for roti, so I’m definitely going to have to check them out.

  • Had the Jerk Pork there a couple days ago and was really happy with the quantity of meat and taste!

  • I dunno, Catherine.. it looks mouth-drying to me…

  • I worked across the street from Caribbean Spice and i have been having lunch there on a regular basis. i pretty much tired everything on the menu and i must say that the food definately takes me back to Jamaica. The curried goat/ rice and peas was delicious. the ackee & saltfish was very very good, and the daliy lunch special the curry vegeatble roti was amazing. The small food seems like a large one in the new aluminum container. the service is extremely fast and polit. I have to give it to these ladies, they are doing their thang. not to mention the pretty owner.

  • I went to this cart last Friday, there 5th day of being open on 46th and 6th. They must have had a busy week because a few of the items on the menu were not available. They did make up for this by adding a lot of bones into the meal. I had the jerk pork, (large size), and had only about 5 bites of actual meat. A friend of mine ordered the curry chicken and that was full of bones. The rice was good but i will stick to the DUTCHY Cart.

  • What happened to these girls? Anyone know where they went? The cart has not been there for several months.

  • The cart is there. I went there today. Food was ok at best. Tasty, but small portions, a little dry, and small little bones that surprised me will keep me from going back. Had the curry chicken/roti.

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    I requested Stew Peas (similar to red beans on white rice in New Orleans) and she made them a few days later. They were great! If others put in a request I’m sure she would make it part of the daily menu.

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