There are egg-shaped swings and cocktails served in mugs that look like Easter Island heads, the island-theme at this Caribbean spot in Bergen-Lafayette doesn’t feel forced. That’s partially because the strong drinks, reggae on the speakers, and everyday Happy Hour keep it relaxed, and also because they’re not trying to make up for forgettable food. Everything from bakes - sandwiches with jerk chicken or short rib inside fried dough - at brunch, to the curry goat with roti at dinner, would be fantastic no matter where it was served.
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The Hamilton Inn
Hamilton Inn is a neighborhood American spot in Jersey City that’s a good place to eat a burger at the bar.
Battello is a big Italian-leaning spot on the waterfront in Jersey City with fantastic views of Manhattan.
15 Fox Place
15 Fox Place serves a $95 set menu of filling Italian-American food inside a private house in Jersey City.
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Trini Breakfast Shed II
Trini Breakfast Shed in Flatbush specializes in bakes, a Caribbean breakfast bread ranging from sada to coconut to floats.
Jacob Restaurant is a buffet in Harlem where you can fill a styrofoam container with some very solid soul food, Caribbean food, or spaghetti.
Sol Sips is a vegan cafe with Caribbean breakfast and lunch options, as well as good juices and smoothies.
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Miss Lily’s is a very sceney spot in Greenwich Village where good looking people can go eat spicy, tasty Caribbean food and stare at each other.
Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
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