Celebrate Caribbean cuisine in Brooklyn: The Islands, Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop, MangoSeed Restaurant, and more

(Updated – Aug 31, 2016)

Brooklyn has been a destination for Caribbean immigrants for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise that the borough is bursting with cuisine from Jamaica, Trinidad, and the rest of the Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for the comfort food you grew up with or you’re expanding your horizons, here are six Caribbean restaurants that should tide you over until your next tropical vacation.

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The Islands (Crown Heights) brings the intricate flavors and homestyle goodness of Jamaica to Crown Heights. Menu highlights include jerk leg of lamb, oxtail, curry goat, curry shrimp and, though you probably won’t have room, bread pudding for dessert.

Curry goat with rice and peas from The Island courtesy of Leo L. via Yelp.

 

 TrinidadAli-Roti-Shop-caribbean-food-brooklynVarious eats at Ali’s | Lin Y. via Yelp

Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
It’s not unusual to find a line coming out the door of this Bed-Stuy favorite. Pick from curries of shrimp, goat, oxtail, and beef, any of which can be poured over peas and rice. Vegetarians rave about the corn chowder with okra, taro, carrots, and dumplings.

 

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MangoSeed Restaurant (Lefferts Gardens)
MangoSeed Restaurant offers year-round solarium dining, inventive cuisine, creative cocktails, and a relaxed island ambience, so even offers itself as a great event space. Menu favorites include the mango pico de gallo jerk salmon, the braised oxtail, and jerk fish tacos.

 

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De Hot Pot (Lefferts Gardens)
De Hot Pot is best described as a no-frills eatery offering casual Caribbean classics including stuffed rotis (flat breads imported from East India) and “the best damn doubles (fried bread sandwich with chickpea curry) in town.” If you decide to try one of these amazing treats, be sure to order yours with “everything sauce.”

 

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Battery Harris (Williamsburg)
The innovative cuisine of Battery Harris earns raves from a crowd that also enjoys the restaurants cozy, beach-themed décor. Late night crowds come for the island-inspired cocktails and the jerk menu.

 

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Bake and Things (Flatbush)
The roti, the doubles, the buss up (a roti made with butter or ghee), and the salt fish all get high marks for authenticity and flavor at this Flatbush destination. Reviewers call it, “Caribbean comfort food at its finest. Perfectly spiced curry chicken and potatoes wrapped in a warm roti shell.”

 

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