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Jun 13, 2007 12:13 PM

Best Jerk Chicken in Brooklyn

What are some of the great Jerk establishments in Kings county? Is there anything like Vernons' in the bronx (circa 1990)?

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  1. Sally's Jamaican restaurant is amazing! they have a couple of locations

    1. Peppa's on Flatbush is terrific. Load up, walk the few blocks to Prospect Park and enjoy. Nothing better for me in the summer. The hot sauce is very good, but go light (if at all) on the BBQ sauce.

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      1. re: smcgill

        Where on Flatbush is Peppa's?
        I have only ever had jerk chicken in Brooklyn from Islands, Christies, and Brawta. My favorite is Islands - 803 Washington Ave.

        1. re: Gnu23

          peppa's is good. their jerk sauce is good, but boy is it hot!

          also, on church right near flatbush is ram's--good jerk and good roti.

          1. re: Gnu23

            738 Flatbush at Woodruff (which is Clarkson on the other side of the street), a block south of Parkside.

          2. re: smcgill

            It's good chicken, and you might pass a guy grilling some pretty good corn out on the sidewalk, too. The chicken at Danny & Pepper (before the split) was way better, though.

          3. I really like MacKenzie's on Utica Ave between Crown and Carroll in Crown Hts.

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            1. re: HankyT

              I second the MacKenzie's recommendation. Just a caution: you can't eat there, it's strictly takeout.

              Boston Chicken is great, but really far from a subway. Utica and Foster.

              Exquisite is OK, at Church and Nostrand.

              Mo'Bay for a fancier sit-down restaurant in alright too, on Dekalb near Fort Greene Park somewhere.

            2. What is jerk chicken? never heard of it

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              1. re: monkfanatic

                Jamaican style dry-rub spicy grilled chicken. Pretty much ubiquitous in NYC.


                1. re: Woodside Al

                  if only it were ubiquitous like crown or kennedy fried chicken! otherwise, quite scarce, especially good jerk.

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    Maybe I've just lived in a lot of Carribean neighborhoods during my years in NYC, But my feeling is that I've seen it around just about everywhere I've lived, particularly in Brooklyn (but not in this part of Queens). Anyway, I agree with you that the real thing, and especially the real good thing, is hard to find.

              2. There's a woman in Prospect Park who sells great jerk chicken.
                Head to an area of the park called Drummer's Cove, which is right near the Zoo and not far from the Boathouse. Drummers congregate there every weekend and play day and night. It's a very lively scene and vendors have decided to sell their wares right there too.
                The woman sells jerk, along with other Jamaican fare, and even had a vegetarian jerk soy dish. I didn't try that, but it looked good.
                After that, if you are up for dessert, look for the three women selling home made ice cream out of a cart. Their coconut ice cream is incredible. And, get this, occasionally they bring along home made pies. The day I was there they had red velvet cake on offer.
                It's a great food scene there and a great NYC scene as well.

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                1. re: bklyndiner

                  wow, i never knew that food was sold by the drummers. I'll have to check that out. Thanks!