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Jan 5, 2013 02:46 PM

Jerk Chicken in the city?

I'm usually able to find pretty much the best of any type of cuisine while in New York. I've never looked for Jamaican jerk chicken though. Is there any place worth going to in the city that would have mind blowing jerk chicken?

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  1. Do you mean NYC or Manhattan? Post/Do a search on Outerbroughs board for the Bronx. There are a few around Gun Hill Road, if i recall.

    1. If you do mean Manhattan, Freda's at 993 Columbus Av. near 109 St. makes a very good one.

      1. By far the largest Jamaican/Caribbean neighborhood in the city is in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Tons of food stores and restaurants. A post on the Outer Boroughs board should get you specific recs.

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        1. re: Ann900

          There are many Jamaican/Caribbean neighborhoods in Bklyn. Flatbush came about more recently than Bed Sty Nostrand by Fulton. The best place to find rare Reggae music too. Down by East Flatbush is more other islands than Jamaica, like Barbados, St Vincent etc. Also in Queens big W. Indian population. Anyway, did Golden Krust go out of business , or did they just close their Manhattan locations. 3 of them in Tribeca are all closed. They have jerk chicken. Their oxtail is actually good as well.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Golden Krusts is not too bad for a chain, but it is not artisanal food at all, in my opinion.

            1. re: Pan

              Can any Jamaican food be considered "artisinal"

              1. re: princeofpork3

                I never had artisinal Jamaican food, not even in Jamaica.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  If this guy isn't making artisinal food, I don't know who is.


                  1. re: Pan

                    And my main point I would phrase this way: Golden Krusts is sloppy. Their patties are overly doughy and don't have enough taste, and their jerk chicken is overcooked, dry, and a little over-carbonized. Ergo, not artisanal. I used to teach at Brooklyn College every Saturday, and there's a place I used to go to that was artisanal and very tasty called McBeans Restaurant. They make excellent jerk chicken, among various other things. I notice they get 5 stars on Yelp:

                    1. re: Pan

                      I understand what your saying now about artisinal. Basically prepared correctly and with good flavor. I do find that Golden Krust if they still are in business, has very good oxtail. The patties are terrible. Commercially, Red Castle if you can find it, has the highest quality meat in the patties and lack of fillers that all the commercial guys use. The original owner came from Tower Isle, when tower Isle was decent.

          2. In Manhattan, I really like the jerk chicken from the Jamaican Dutchy food truck. Not sure where it normally parks now.

            I have also had very good Jamaican food from the truck parked near the Cornell hospital. Though it's been a while and I can't remember if I've ever tried the jerk chicken there.

            1. The best Jamaican is either in the Bronx or Brooklyn but in Manhattan I would recommend Yvonne's Jamaican truck parked on York and 71st. The oxtail and curried goat are both excellent.