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The Islands -- as great as ever...

Peter Feb 7, 2007 06:01 PM

Just had a great meal at The Islands on Washington Ave near Eastern Parkway (across from the Brooklyn Museum) and wanted to remind everyone how great this hole in the wall is.

Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Pepper Pot Soup, Bread Pudding... all great Jamaican staples. Best of all is the utterly bizarre little space and the wonderfully charming woman who runs the entire operation.

Oh yeah, you usually have to wait a bit so come with a laid-back islands attitude and if you want to sit, make sure you're relatively spry. The "staircase" to the seating is more akin to a ship's ladder. ;)

  1. wleatherette Feb 8, 2007 06:56 AM

    i love this place. superb food, and though the place is cramped and waiting can be uncomfortable, the friendliness of the owners turns it into a pleasant experience. my one tip would be to call ahead to check availability if you really have your heart set on a particular dish.

    1. r
      racer x Jan 3, 2008 12:33 PM

      I had jerk lamb from The Islands last night. It was absolutely delicious. So succulent, and perfectly seasoned! One of the best dishes I have had in months.

      And the proprietors are so friendly - everyone welcomed with a big smile and "How are you this evening?" Best of all, for this trip, was that I was able to get my takeout order in under 5 minutes (on my last trip, when they had been out of jerk lamb, they were much busier and the wait was quite a bit longer).

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      1. re: racer x
        lambretta76 Jan 4, 2008 07:03 AM

        Wow, jerk lamb sounds fantastic. That said, I've always been disappointed by the food at this joint - the jerk chicken is downright bland (which JFores mentioned, so I've ordered wrong there), the rotis a bit off (and not in a Jamaican vs. Trini/Guayanese way), and the rice and peas dry and too thymey ...

        Reading up on this place it looks like it is very hit and miss, and if you go at a prime time you'll get a fantastic meal - can anyone recommend the best time to go for the jerk lamb? I don't want to give up on a restaurant that could offer brilliance, but I have yet to see any of that. (It's not the Island version of Spicy Mina.)

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          r
          racer x Jan 5, 2008 04:17 PM

          I've only been there a couple of times, so I wouldn't be surprised if it can be a hit-and-miss experience. The first time I went, they were out of jerk lamb so I had to settle for jerk chicken, which was fine but nothing special. At that visit, they said Thursday tends to be a good day for jerk lamb (nonetheless, I called ahead this past time to be sure they had some before setting out).

          The lure of getting another lamb meal that good from time to time is enough to get me to go back there even if it turns out that occasionally the food isn't fantastic.

      2. j
        JFores Jan 3, 2008 07:54 PM

        I adore this place. I'm not a big fan of her jerk chicken (lacks kick) but everything else is spectacular. Her and her partner in crime (decadence) are both awesome and they make trips there truly great.

        1. v
          valpal Jan 6, 2008 05:44 AM

          The Islands is fantastic. They are moving later this year...just a few blocks. I think it may give them more room for dining...which would be great for them. Such a gem in Prospect Heights. Marilyn is the soul of the community!

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            eade Jan 6, 2008 12:47 PM

            Their vegetable curry is quite nice.

            The sorrell ginger drink is good too but overpriced compared to the guy who was intermittently staked out on the corner of Flatbush and 7th Ave last summer. I hope he returns.

            I never go to the Islands without calling ahead. Sometimes they do not have my beloved vegetable curry at all, other days they are just starting to chop the veggies and it won't be ready for an hour, and other days they have a batch ready and tell me to come right over.

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