There are egg-shaped swings and cocktails served in mugs that look like Easter Island heads, the island-theme at this Caribbean spot in Bergen-Lafayette doesn’t feel forced. That’s partially because the strong drinks, reggae on the speakers, and everyday Happy Hour keep it relaxed, and also because they’re not trying to make up for forgettable food. Everything from bakes - sandwiches with jerk chicken or short rib inside fried dough - at brunch, to the curry goat with roti at dinner, would be fantastic no matter where it was served.
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White Mana Diner
White Mana is a 24/7 diner in Jersey City that’s been serving small, inexpensive smash burgers since the 1930′s.
White Star is an American spot in Jersey City with good cocktails and great buffalo wings.
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Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop
Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop is a take-out place in Bed-Stuy where you can get a buss-up-shut or some doubles.
Mo’s Original is an affordable ramen spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with smoked jerk meats that will make you wish you had a smoker of your own.
Trinidad Golden Palace Restaurant
Trinidad Golden Place is a cash-only Trinidadian bakery in Crown Heights that makes incredible pastries, massive roti, and Chinese-American dishes.
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Miss Lily’s is a very sceney spot in Greenwich Village where good looking people can go eat spicy, tasty Caribbean food and stare at each other.
Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
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