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Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

Jamaican

East Village

$$$$Perfect For:BirthdaysBrunchLate Night Eats

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Miss Lily’s has built an accessible brand of juice, jerk chicken, and rum punch that’s fun for the whole family, assuming your family is made up entirely of Instagram-obsessed urban skateboarders. They jack the reggae-electro beats high and cover the walls with colorful old vinyl and Jamaican concert posters. Miss Lily’s still has more downtown swag than most, and it’s a no bullsh*t good time. Plus, this food is really good.

They’re serving the same jerk chicken and coconut-covered corn that they do at the original Miss Lily’s, and we’re happy to report that the new one doesn’t miss a beat. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this expansion kick into high gear soon - LA, Miami, Montauk - this concept works everywhere and would be even better by a beach.

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Jerk Grilled Corn

Grilled corn on the cob, drenched in butter, aioli, and shredded coconut. You’re going to need some extra napkins.

Miss Lily’s Peppered Shrimp

One of their specialties, and they do it well. The shrimp are super crisp and juicy, and the pepper sauce is bold and delicious.

Ackee Dip & Plantain Chips

A potent Jamaican dip somewhere in between guacamole and ranch. Really tasty. Great to share for the table while you’re taking down pitchers of Sailor Jerry rum punch.

Cod Fish Fritters

Fantastic fried fish balls. We’re not sure exactly what makes these so good, but they are extra crispy and all kinds of delicious.

Jerk Wings

BBQ wings with all kinds of Miss Lily’s tasty jerk flavor. These should obviously be on the table.

Jicama Fish Tacos

Generally speaking, fish, aside from shrimp, should be avoided at Miss Lily’s. We keep trying and always come away unsatisfied, like with these tiny jicama fish tacos. There’s nothing to them. Bland, boring, and small.

Jamaican Patty Melt

Oh yes, you need some of this oozing meat sandwich. We loved their take on the classic patty melt, and the fries are no joke either.

Jerk Chicken

If you come to Miss Lily’s and you’re not a vegetarian, jerk chicken is what you need to order. The chicken is slow-cooked, then finished on the grill, and the jerk sauce is good enough to bottle. They also offer jerk shrimp, pork, tofu, and salmon in their jerk shop. All are good options.

Oxtail Stew

A Miss Lily’s classic. This is a heavy, unsexy plate of darkness, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good.

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