Welcome back to another installment of Ethnic Eating Adventures, in which we travel far and wide to discover the hidden culinary delights of New York City. Today, because it's finally warm enough to enjoy the ride, we're hopping the ferry to Staten Island to try Sri Lankan cuisine.

Though it's not as well-known as some of the other ethnic enclaves across the city, Stapleton, Staten Island, is home to a small Sri Lankan community that's definitely worth exploring. Sri Lankan cuisine is heavy on rice, coconut milk, spices and seafood, and bears only a passing resemblance to typical Indian foods. Lakruwana goes hard for the tropical aesthetic, with rock-and-wood walls and woven-rope seats—yes, it's slightly ridiculous, but you've already made it to Staten Island to eat Sri Lankan food so just go with it.

Start with a bowl of creamy coconut milk-lentil soup, shot through with cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper—it's simple but infinitely satisfying. Then get an order of hoppers, bowl-shaped crepes made of fermented rice flour, filled with everything from egg to goat curry. Move on to lamprais, a Dutch-influenced Sri Lankan dish of basmati rice, stewed vegetables and curried fish wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf, presented tableside in a gloriously messy, fragrant bundle. Wash it all down with a cold glass of faluda, a sweet dessert drink that layers milk, rose syrup, and fine vermicelli strands.

Or, ignore the aforementioned suggestions and stuff your pretty little face with whatever smells best: on Sundays, the restaurant runs an "all you can eat" buffet from 12-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., see here for more details.