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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Mayfield is the neighborhood place you wish you had in your neighborhood. Unless you live in Crown Heights, in which case it's in your neighborhood.
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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Jacob Restaurant is a buffet in Harlem where you can fill a styrofoam container with some very solid soul food, Caribbean food, or spaghetti.
Peppa’s Jerk Chicken
Peppa’s in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a counter-service Caribbean spot about a block from the park.
Sally Roots does affordable Caribbean/American food in a Bushwick space where you’ll want to hang out.
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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.
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