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Banana Leaf is the third in Manhattan's gradually expanding collection of Sri Lankan restaurants, offering one of Gotham's most comprehensive takes on the cuisine of a country that lies at the crossroads of many ancient trade routes. Starches like hoppers (bowl-shaped breads), string hoppers (noodles), and pittu (cylinder of rice and grated coconut) underpin many of the entrees. Don't miss the celebrated black curry of the island, made with pork stewed in curry spices that have been toasted for a darker color and extra flavor. Lampreis is a meal sealed inside a banana leaf, and said to have been inspired by the Dutch. This restaurant is probably worth visiting if only for the oddball beverages, including a drink made from a fruit called wood apple.