Krik Krak Creole Haitian Restaurant
844 Amsterdam (at W101 st)
212 222 3100
1 / C Train to 103rd
First you say “krik” and if someone answers “krak” it means they’re are interested in your story says part owner Maud Damphile of the Krik Krak Haitian Restaurant Well Krik Krak, allow me to tell you about this cozy creole restaurant that just opened 3 months ago on the upper west side. Krik Krak features authentic Haitian dishes such as Griot, Bouillon Haitien, and fish, chicken and pork in special creole spiced sauces. We started off with Akra de Malanga ($2.50) 3 deep fried dumplings made of Malanga paste (a sweet and starchy potato variety).
The dumplings were deep fried to a thick crunchy golden brown texture and served with a spicy dipping salsa. Next we ordered an entree’ of Poisson creole – deep friend red snapper ($13). I know – Chapter 2 of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential says “absolutely do not order fish on a Monday”, but we were intrigued by the creole sauce decided to give it a shot. The fish turned out to be not an extremely fresh fish and maybe even previously deep fried and just heated and served. It wasn’t extremely crispy like other varieties of deep fried fish. Overall though, it was still very good and the sauces served on the side made for a great complement to dip the fish.
I ordered the Griot ($10) which are deep fried pieces of pork (a little like Mexican Carnitas) served along with a spicy lime salsa. Both entrees are served with a side salad, rice and beans, and fried plantains. Krik Krak also serves lunch specials for $6 that include a side of rice and beans.
Today we were unfortunate that they ran out of desert (normally arrives fresh on Tuesdays). I’m going to have to “krik krak” my friends to come back and check those out soon. Enjoy!