After operating two locations in Brooklyn, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken officially opened a third spot on the Lower East Side in early 2021. It’s as exciting to eat a platter of charred jerk chicken and festivals from here as it as at their other restaurants. The chicken is just the right amount of smokey, and we highly recommend adding even more jerk sauce to your plate so that it coats every corner of caramelized plantains, and rice and peas.
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From old-school staples to restaurants changing the dining landscape of the neighborhood, these are our favorite spots on the Lower East Side.
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Scarr’s is a little, retro pizza place on the Lower East Side with some pretty average pizza and a pretty lively scene.
Public is a hotel on the LES where you can go and pretend you’re in the Meatpacking District. There’s both a nice lobby bar and a busy rooftop there.
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Kingston is a casual Jamaican restaurant on 116th Street in Harlem with a fun bar and really good jerk chicken.
Jerk Pan is a great Jamaican food truck that’s parked right next to the J.P. Morgan building on 48th and Park Avenue in Midtown East.
Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe
Miss Lily’s is basically the Jamaican Cracker Barrel, the way they’re expanding. That’s a good thing. We love Cracker Barrel.
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Saigon Social serves phenomenal Vietnamese food on the Lower East Side, and it’s one of our favorite new restaurants of 2020.
The Bun Hut
This casual spot on the LES serves curry goat roti, coconut shrimp bao, and plenty of other Caribbean dishes you want to order tonight.
Peppa’s Jerk Chicken
Peppa’s in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a counter-service Caribbean spot about a block from the park.
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