The Food Sermon is a small counter-service spot serving Caribbean-influenced build-your-own rice bowls. Proteins include jerk chicken and braised lamb, and the panko-crusted salmon here is better than most of the $32 salmon entrees you’ll find at run-of-the-mill bistros around the city. Our favorite combination is the jerk chicken with brown rice, chickpeas, and spicy tomato sauce - it’s a huge portion, and at $13, it’s one of the best takeout lunch or dinner options in the neighborhood.
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Chavela’s serves some very good Mexican food, and it’s also one of the most fun restaurants in Crown Heights for hanging out with a group.
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Kingston is a casual Jamaican restaurant on 116th Street in Harlem with a fun bar and really good jerk chicken.
Sally Roots does affordable Caribbean/American food in a Bushwick space where you’ll want to hang out.
Jacob Restaurant is a buffet in Harlem where you can fill a styrofoam container with some very solid soul food, Caribbean food, or spaghetti.
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Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe
Miss Lily’s is basically the Jamaican Cracker Barrel, the way they’re expanding. That’s a good thing. We love Cracker Barrel.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
Hunky Dory is an all-day restaurant in Crown Heights that serves a fairly random assortment of things you’ll want to eat. (And it’s great for brunch.)
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