One door shuts, another opens. The fellow who related the details of Dutchie's closing — he was seated outside the neighboring barbershop whose clientele had supplied many customers to the tiny Surinamese storefront — recommended 3 Sisters, a Guyanese restaurant not far away. "Their food is always on point," he proclaimed, adding that further seasoning was not needed.
Indeed, at the tables in the back room of this cafeteria-style restaurant, a nondescript bottle of hot sauce is the sole condiment, and ultimately I did without. My vegetable sampler over rice ($8) included an exceptional smoked eggplant (closest to the hot sauce) as well as pumpkin, potato, callaloo, another eggplant dish, okra, long beans (cut down to size), and kerela, or bitter melon.
3 Sisters' & Shanta's Restaurant & Bakery (also called 3 Sisters Liberty Bakery)
107-04 Liberty Ave. (107th-108th Sts.), Richmond Hill, Queens