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St. Lucia

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St. Lucia

Sometimes all it takes is hearing a single note or a few seconds of vocals to discover your next favorite band. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, that sh*t is magical. With St. Lucia, our relationship had lasted no longer than ten seconds before that very thing occurred. From the moment we heard that vibey intro to "All Eyes On You" a few years back, we were in.

It's taken a minute, but St Lucia, the South African born, Brooklyn dwelling singer and songwriter also known as Jean-Philip Grobler, finally put out his debut album last week. When The Night is loaded with jams, each one better than the next. And although Jean has no official affiliation with the actual island of St. Lucia, this is music capable of taking you there in spirit. Speaking of, we need a f*cking vacation.

st. lucia's "Perfect for" picks

Xixa Perfect For: Adventurous Eating 241 S 4th St.

"I've included two of Jason Marcus' restaurants on this list because I think he's doing something really special with his food. This is his most recent restaurant opening, which is just down the block from Traif, his original masterpiece. It's Mexican fusion."

La Superior Perfect For: Authentic Ethnic Eats 295 Berry St.

"Best Mexican ever, great margaritas. People go crazy about Mexican food on the West Coast, but I can honestly say that I still haven't had anything that feels as authentically Mexican anywhere in the States as La Superior does."

Traif Perfect For: Full On Pork Indulgence 229 S. 4th St.

"This is the other Jason Marcus restaurant I was talking about earlier. Highly inventive small/share plates that have an emphasis on anything that isn't Kosher, like pork or shellfish, because that's what 'Traif' means. The 'joke' is that they opened the place up in a traditionally very Hassidic neighborhood, and Jason is, himself, Jewish."

Maison Premiere Perfect For: Specialty Cocktails 298 Bedford Ave.

"AMAZING cocktails, and the venue is beautiful. I've heard that they actually brought the whole bar itself in from New Orleans. This place serves the best Dark & Stormy (my cocktail of choice) I've ever had, and I find it hard to ever try anything else, even though, when I do, it's never disappointing."

Abraço Perfect For: Coffee & A Light Bite 86 E 7th St

"Even though the coffee explosion over the last few years has brought us some amazing establishments like Blue Bottle Coffee and Stumptown, I still haven't had a better cappuccino or espresso than what Abraço serves."

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