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Apr 16, 2007 05:42 PM

Where to take Jamaican Grandfather for Jamaican?

can you name your top spots in brooklyn? i limited to manhattan due to our schedule but one of the days may involve a brooklyn trip.

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  1. I like Brawta on Atlantic Ave, though service is slow (I guess that fits with the laid-back Island vibe). They serve excellent rotis and the best home-made, tropial softdrinks.

    If you're looking for a more hole-in-the-wall, authentic experience, head down Flatbush Avenue (into my nabe) and check out the two restaurants the resulted from the Great Jerk Chicken Schism of 2005: Danny Express and Peppa's Jerk Chicken (right across the street). Both serve some of the best chicken in the city.


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    1. re: Yaqo Homo

      Brawta beats all the Manhattan sit-down jamaican spots hands down. Great food, cute casual restaurant.

      Fatman's on 145 St is the real deal, but its more of a take out spot than a true sit down restaurant. Fatman's ground provisions dish is so good it sells out within minutes.

      1. re: Ora

        Def. agree with Brawta for Jamaican.

          1. re: JonL

            Its open--ate there tonight. Was delicious, as usual.

      2. re: Yaqo Homo

        I haven't been to Brawata myself, but whenever my Jamaican friend misses a taste of home, he tells me he always heads to Brawata.

      3. i highly recommend the islands, on washington ave in prospect heights. it's a small place in the shadow of a key foods supermarket, run by two friendly women. i used to live near brawta and liked it well enough, but the islands is another league.

        1. I like Stir it Up, a small family run restaurant on Atlantic Ave. at 3rd Ave. That's near the Pacific Street/Atlantic Ave. train station which is *one* stop from Manhattan on the B, D, or Q lines. The D stops at the part of the complex closer to Stir it Up. The seafood dishes are particularly good, but I like the roti as well.

          1. future, there are some quality spots around church ave, utica & flatbush... tho be advised that unlike, say, brawta & stir it up, many are primarily take-out. wheels are a must.

            –The Porkchop Express

            1. Sugar Cane on Flatbush is the only upscale place I know.

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              1. re: Geo8rge

                I like Sugar Cane, has the feel of a Manhattan spot. However, like a Manhattan spot, it gets really crowded at times.

                1. re: Ora

                  Sugarcane is Trini, not Jamaican.

                  1. re: lambretta76

                    brawta was delicious. why did it close???