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Must-See Little Sri Lanka: 5 Great Things to See and Do

by staff, 06/12/2013

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  • Of late, the sleepy Staten Island neighborhood of Tompkinsville has begun to garner some attention among the City's connoisseurs of ethnic delicacies as a must-visit gastronomic destination. Home to the world's largest community of Sri Lankans outside the country itself, Tompkinsville's Little Sri Lanka is a nexus of the island nation's piquant cuisine, with a host of restaurants and grocers specializing in foods, teas, spices and other products you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the City. To start your culinary journey, take the free, 25-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island, and enjoy stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty along the way. From the terminal in St. George, it's a scenic, 10-minute stroll south along Bay Street to Victory Boulevard, where most of the neighborhood's restaurants and shops are clustered. —Harrison Peck

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