4. Little Sri Lanka in Tompkinsville, Staten Island
Home to about 5,000 Sri Lankans and restaurants serving traditional roti, dosas, and Sri Lankan crepes and stews, Little Sri Lanka is a little-known cultural gem that is also the most popular homes for Sri Lankans other than Sri Lanka itself.
Attracted by Staten Island’s affordable property and proximity to Manhattan, the Sri Lankan population in the neighborhood has increased rapidly in recent years while keeping connections to their home country. In 2012 they celebrated New Year in Ocean Breeze with traditional Sri Lankan festivities and in 2014 they collaborated to send aid to Sri Lanka in wake of a tsunami.