100 Very Best Restaurants: – St. James/Cane

Pepper shrimp with Scotch bonnet and pimento chili sauce and creamy coo coo. Photograph by Melena DeFlorimonte.

Restaurateur Jeanine Prime’s 14th Street homage to her native Trinidad deliciously explores the island’s melting-pot cuisine, with influences from Africa, India, China, and beyond. Start with a rum-spiked Pineapple Chow cocktail, Trini-­style pork buns, and samosa-like curry pies. Dishes such as verdant callaloo soup or a crisp soft-shell crab swim-ming in shellfish-coconut curry can be as warming as a day at the beach. There’s some crossover with its dressed-down sister restaurant, Cane, which we love packing into for curry tiffins and smoldering jerk wings. Moderate.