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The Islands

803 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.672319 -73.962663
nr. Eastern Pkwy.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-398-3575 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Caribbean
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Daily, noon-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

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

Prices

$8-$25

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Empire Blvd. to Atlantic Ave., Bedford Ave. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

This tiny Jamaican restaurant is smaller than most studio apartments, but its huge, flavorful portions have earned it a devoted, outsize following. The cozy two-level place has its cooking quarters downstairs and a snug, four-table dining room upstairs; most patrons opt for takeout, waiting downstairs at a small wooden bar overlooking the rotisserie. Here, gossiping cooks and loud radio evoke the friendly disorder of a domestic kitchen, and the resulting entrées taste similarly homemade. Each bite of crisp-fried chicken yields tender meat well seasoned with green herbs; the curry goat, smoky, mild, and pleasantly mellow; and the macaroni and cheese, baked in countless layers of cheddar and bread crumbs, is served in heart-stoppingly hefty slabs. The Islands’ signature dish, jerk chicken, is slow-cooked with honey, barbecue sauce, and a palpable spicy kick. For a hideaway meal, buck the takeout trend and climb the green corrugated-steel staircase next to the kitchen. Upstairs is a low-ceilinged attic dining room, painted bright yellow and decorated with carvings of birds and island watercolors; the street says Brooklyn, but the plates are all-Carib, like the birds-of-paradise flowers that enhance the room’s tropical flair.

Recommended Dishes

Curry goat, $12; jerk chicken, $11; macaroni and cheese, $5; fried chicken, $11

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