The Humming Bird is the national bird of Jamaica. It is also a name of the restaurant located in Cortlandt that has been offering Caribbean and American cuisine since it opened three months ago on East Main Street.
The owners and cooks are the husband and wife duo of Dawn and Westford Briscoe, who reside in Tarrytown. Mrs. Briscoe came up with the idea for the name of the new establishment.
SomThe restaurant creates such juice drinks as fruit punch, carrot juice and sorrel, which is made from the plant. Mrs. Briscoe bakes most of the desserts, which include carrot cake, bread pudding, and Jamaicans fruit cake.
The menu has such regular customer favorites as ox tail stew, jerk pork and chicken, curry chicken and goat, spare ribs and macaroni and cheese, to name a few What makes Caribbean food distinctive is the spices used.
The couple has been working to build their clientele through several means, including word of mouth and the use of Facebook, Twitter and Yelp, as well as through the distribution of flyers, said Mrs. Briscoe, who is a native of Jamaica. The public’s response to the new eatery has been positive, she said. The restaurant was busy on a weekday afternoon with customers both eating in and having take-out orders.
Customer satisfaction is one of the major goals of the new restaurant owners. “We want everyone who comes in here to leave with a positive attitude, that the food is tasty and the portions are always appropriate and they will be satisfied.