132 West Houston St., New York, NY (@ Sullivan St.)
A Jamaican jerk hut in Manhattan? We’re into it. Designed by the tastemakers behind the Box, Café Select, La Esquina and Jamaica’s Rockhouse Hotel? Now you’re after our own hearts. The West Houston and Sullivan Street hut is called Miss Lily’s, and its classic island cooking mixed with a modern flair offers a Caribbean reprieve from Manhattan, no passport necessary. The checkered floors, the model-type waitresses in flowing floral dresses and walls of retro reggae and ska album covers will take you to paradise instead. The mouth-watering menu will tantalize you with jambalaya, jerk chicken, escovitch fish, as well as oxtail and curried goat seasoned with scotch bonnet peppers and fiery jerk spices. We’re especially partial to a plate of fried plantains, oh and… Wait, are you really still reading this? You should be hunkered into an orange Formica booth with a Red Stripe in hand by now…
For more on Miss Lily’s, click here to read our feature on GrandLifeHotels.com.
Photo credit: Michelle Rick
MENA SUVARI, ACTOR
“Miss Lily’s (the Jamaican restaurant by Serge Becker) in SoHo has a fantastic vibe – they have a great little cozy bar right in the middle of the restaurant. The music is always really good and everyone is very upbeat and fun and that feeling becomes contagious the minute you walk in the door. A great time.”