There’s a large Caribbean community in New York and for anyone who likes the spice and flavor of the Island’s, here are some restaurants that you need to try. Transport your taste buds to Montego Bay, Kingston, and Negril Jamaica with authentic dishes and cocktails from our Top 5 Caribbean restaurants in NYC. Jamaican Jerk, Red Snapper, Escovitch Fish, along with Ackee and Salt Fish are just a few of the dishes that can be found.
“Me come yah fi drink milk, me no come yah fi count cow!” (Deliver that which you promised, don’t just talk about it!)
At Negril Village, you are truly transported to the island of Jamaica with their delicious cuisine. With sweet reggae music playing while you dine, this restaurant has all of the characteristics of authentic Jamaican cuisine and has earned it Zagat’s rating. The Ackee Tostones and Codfish Fritter make excellent starters. The Ackee & Saltfish, Escovitch Snapper and Negril Oxtail Stew are a rich and filling main course. To cool down the spices on your palate, grab a Red Stripe beer or Mango Daiquiri.
Spur Tree has good food, music, and culture along with a late night Kitchen. This chic Lower East Side restaurant fuses Jamaican and Asian influences. Mini Jerk Steamed Buns and Grilled Jerk Wings are good appetizers. The Coconut Curry King Fish and Jerk Lamb chops are flavorful entrees.
Lower East Side
76 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Miss Lily’s serves authentic Jerk Chicken that takes you to the island carts that dish out food on the steaming Jerk grills. The Cod Fish Fritters are a great way to start.
132 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
Sugar Cane is located in Brooklyn and is packed when it gets closer to the weekend. The Jerk Chicken Wings with the Tamarind Glaze are a good way to start dinner, while the Curry Shrimp and Stew Chicken are great main courses. After your meal, sit back and enjoy the music while you sip on a tasty Mango Martini or Sorrel Sangria.
Footprints Cafe put a twist on tradtional Caribbean cuisine by mixing it with a modern International infusion. The party vibe from the reggae and dancehall music make this place a fun spot to eat and hang out. Steamed Bammy, Rice and Peas along with Fried Bread Fruit are sides that you can get with your main dish. The Rasta Pasta served with wings and Snapper Shrimp are the house specials.
1521 Surf Ave, Brooklyn NY