La Caye restaurant
35 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Type of cuisine: Haitian
Hours: Mon – Wed: 5pm – 11pm
Thur – Fri: 5pm – 12pm
Saturday: 12pm – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
If you are looking for a modern Haitian restaurant, “LaCaye restaurant” is your spot. It’s located right across Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY.
LaCaye restaurant takes reservation and they call to ensure your attendance if you are late. You should be aware, I walked in with low expectations on the service side; simply because, I will take the liberty to say it, in Haiti there tends to be poor customer service at certain restaurants. Food wise I know I would be pleased because I know my Haitian cuisine is popping. The atmosphere was cozy and intimate. To me it was extra special because they were playing Haitian music which made me feel really comfortable and brought back refreshing memories.
After being seated, the bartender came over and served us water. We were a party of five. The waitress gave us the menu and started us of with drinks. Of course some of us chose Prestige, which is our Haitian award winning beer.
Two of us ordered “Accra” as our dinner starter, which is a deep fried grated root vegetable known as yautia. The appetizer took a good twenty minutes to get to us but it was worth the wait. It felt like it was freshly made from Haiti, crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside. It was served with a spicy cole slaw that Haitians call “Pikliz”. It was served with julienne sliced peppers.
A thirty minute wait followed our entrees, but while waiting, the waitress checked up on us a couple times. She even kept an eye on my car because I was looking for a different parking spot. We wanted separate checks but she informed us that they do not split checks there. She came back a few minutes after saying that she asked her manager and they will do that for us just this once. She went out of her way to get us the separate checks!
I ordered the seafood creole which consist of Snow Crab Legs, Lobster Tail and Tiger Shrimp. It is served with macaroni au gratin or black mushroom rice or white rice. I chose to go with black mushroom rice, best known as “duri djondjon”, with a side of macaroni au gratin. The rice was dry but the sauce of the seafood creole sauce made up for it. I was disappointed with the macaroni au gratin because as a restaurant representing Haitian cuisine, LaCaye failed at to incorporate Haitian roots to this side. Haitians use Edam cheese for macaroni au gratin. Their gratinee was blend and had a bitter after taste. I could not complain about my seafood plate. Everything on it was succulent. I enjoyed every bite of it.
My best friend ordered the pan seared pork chops served in a red wine mushroom apple chutney on a bed of sautéed spinach, which also came with one of the sides cited above. She also picked the black mushroom rice and ordered a side of macaroni au gratin. I should say Haitians LOVE macaroni au gratin. She had the same though as me about the rice and the macaroni au gratin. Her pork was juicy, the sauce was a little sweet but not too overwhelming.
My sister got the same dish as me and my other friend ordered the Poisson Rose. She ordered the macaroni au gratin with a side of fried plantains. The fish was cooked to perfection and the plantains were flat and crispy, just like a “machann fritay” (a person who sells fried food on the streets in Haiti) would make them. My other friend went with the Lambi La Caye which is a broiled conch in a creole sauce. She chose the same sides as me. Same comments about the rice and gratinee but the lambi tasted awesome!
Overall, we had a good experience at LaCaye restaurant and we can’t wait to go again for brunch. Yes, they also do brunch on Sundays! Stay tuned.