KAREN
VALENTINE

"Lots of war stories running one of the most popular restaurants in NYC."

Owner | Kokomo

 

expert in large scale restaurant operations, hospitality, management, insurance & risk management


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“Pan-Caribbean with Indian and Asian flavors” is how Ria Graham describes the food at the new spot she owns with her husband, Kevol Graham, and her mother, Karen Valentine, who helps run the place. Both Grahams have experience in the hospitality business. The chef, Christian Aranibar, is from Lima, Peru, but became familiar with Caribbean food while working on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela. The menu offers spiced Rasta pasta, marinated shrimp with sautéed callaloo and grilled pineapple, lentil meatballs in coconut curry, braised oxtail and a calypso burger with grilled pineapple, Gruyère, guava and cilantro sauce, and jerk fries. Artwork and crafts from the Caribbean islands decorate the two-level space, which has outdoor seating for 76. Bamboo is the material of choice for the bar where for now tropical, but nonalcoholic, drinks are dispensed.