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Island Village Café

465 Lincoln Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.672229 -73.960856
at Classon Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-787-4852 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Caribbean
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Nearby Subway Stops

2, 3 at Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Franklin Ave.; S at Botanic Garden

Prices

$7-$18

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Empire Blvd. to Atlantic Ave., New York Ave. to Flatbush Ave.

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This venue is closed.

Having made the tiny Islands restaurant a Prospect Heights favorite on Washington Avenue, Kingston-born chef Derrick Williams brings his recipes to his own, more spacious digs with lower prices and faster service a block away. Though little about the haphazard décor, with its faux-Kinkaid watercolor paintings, burgundy tablecloths, oak-colored wainscoting, and peach walls, recalls any island scenes; resurrecting Caribbean cuisine is Williams’ main mission here. He gives bold attention to the national Jamaican dish, jerk chicken; each wing, drumstick and breast is rubbed down with a complex spice combo, rich with garlic, chili, allspice and nearly a dozen other secret ingredients. Then the chicken marinates for 24 hours before roasting, gaining a spicy, falling-from-the-bone tenderness that tastes positively patriotic, served alongside coconut rice and steamed cabbage. For those with milder palates, a moist pot roast with gravy, addictive fried codfish fritters, and mango barbeque chicken wings satisfy. Wash it all down with a homemade sweet ginger beer, made from the ground root itself. The dozen or so wooden dining room tables are usually empty, so the joint functions mostly as a speedy takeout and delivery counter for the students, entry-level employees and nostalgic Caribbean immigrants now calling Prospect Heights home.

Recommended Dishes

Jerk chicken, $7.50; jerk veggie, $7.50; pot roast beef, $8; codfish fritters, $4

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