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Hi everyone!

I posted this in the Manhattan board, and it was kindly suggested I also post here.

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I'm looking to take a friend out for dinner when I arrive in NYC, and need some suggestions for great Jamaican restaurants. I know that he doesn't like Negril, or Maroons (in Manhattan), which both seem to get great reviews. It would be fantastic if anyone knows of somewhere that will serve pigs' tails and stew peas - I'll get extra brownie points if I can find somewhere that has both of these ;-) Not fussy about location, or atmosphere, as such. Just looking for great quality, authentic Jamaican food.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Fisherman's Cove serves stew peas on Friday. Call ahead to make sure.

    B/Q to Newkirk Avenue

    Fisherman's Cove
    37 Newkirk Plz
    Brooklyn, NY 11226
    (718) 859-1580

    1. A lot of the tastiest Jamaican food out here isn't really served in restaurants -- they're more like takeout joints. A few actually have tables, but they're not much for ambiance. For really incredible jerk chicken, go to Peppa's Jerk Chicken at Flatbush and Clarkson, near Prospect Park.

      If you're looking more for a nice sit down place, Brawta on Atlantic and Hoyt is decent.

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      1. re: oolah

        I wouldn't recommend Brawta - in my opinion it hasn't been good in about a decade. (It used to be very good back when its clientele was more Caribbean than local professionals.)

        1. re: oolah

          i agree. i like KAYLAHS HUT in the bronx. its bare bones, but they are always cooking and they have all the basics. they have a few seats inside that you can easily get, i usually eat in there myself, but its mostly takeout. i find this fairly typical for most jamaican joints.

          fyi -- KH is on prospect at westchester in the bronx -- the 2,5 train stop is prospect. i go for lunch sometimes. if the grill is out front you are money for jerk!

        2. Thanks for the recs!

          Take out is probably fine as well, if you have any other suggestions :-)

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          1. re: abyss

            I havent been for a few years (is it still there??) but Daphne's on E 23rd street used to be good.

            1. re: jen kalb

              I think you mean Daphne's at 233 East 14th between 2nd and 3rd, closer to 2nd Ave. Excellent. Informal.

              1. re: gpcohen

                the jerk pork at daphne's is excellent.

                1. re: gpcohen

                  you'r right, sorry for any misdirection.

                  1. re: gpcohen

                    Man oh man, they had great jerk pork at Daphne's. But they closed a couple of years ago (or were absorbed into The Blue Mahoe restaurant down the block, after which the Daphne standards never tasted quite the same). Has the old Daphne's reopened?

                    1. re: racer x

                      not to my knowledge - thats really too bad.

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        Daphnes got incorporaqted into the bagel place across the street on 14th street having tried it yet in its new location but there are tables

              2. Kelso Dining on Franklin near St. Marks in Brooklyn is a nice, sit-down place catering to the migrant Jamaica gone a Panama crowd. Nice stew peas, a dish which may feature pig tails.

                1. Joyce', on Avenue D, just east of Utica, has some awesome food, and a decent-sized sitting area as well. I've had the jerk chicken, oxtail stew, beef and goat rotis, to name a few items, and am always impressed with the quality of ingrediants, cooking and presentation.