Miss Lily's & Melvin's Juice Box

Miss Lily's & Melvin's Juice Box

Caribbean Restaurant and Juice Bar$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • Eater
    EaterJune 22
    They might have cracked the code for the perfect fry width. They’re so thin that they veer towards matchstick, but they still have enough heft to evoke the idea that they were once a humble potato. Read more
  • Risa
    RisaMay 26, 2014
    Call ahead to make sure they have the coconut cake & have them set aside a piece for you when you get there. Everything jerk is amazing, but don't miss out on the smokey-sweet grilled pork ribs!
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoJune 23, 2015
    LOVE AT FIRST BITE: Jerk chicken, jerk pork, oxtail, sangria, rice and beans... Everything! Laid-back yet festive vibe with attentive and fun service. Can't wait to be back for brunch!
  • Eater
    EaterJune 22
    The Mile End fries can stand unadorned, but the real winner here is the poutine, available in classic and smoked meat varieties ($9-$16). Read more
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyAugust 17, 2015
    Original home of the best jerk chicken in the city. The organic salad with the fish has a great flavor and a tangy sweetness from the mango that is refreshing and satisfying. Not too sweet - spot on!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WApril 22, 2014
    Great vibe in this place. Unique menu offerings. Attentive owner who made us feel like home. Well prepared food. A little on the pricy side with my sandwich, side, and a smoothie coming out at $29.
  • Gabriel R.
    Gabriel Ruas Santos-RochaSeptember 30, 2015
    Phenomenal Jamaican food in a great environment with super nice servers. The juice bar adjacent to it is also superb and Melvin is the nicest guy!
  • RcL
    RcLMarch 13, 2016
    Try the ackee and salt fish, get extra festival. The Dutty Wine (red wine sangria) was good and so was the Bellini. Great atmosphere and nice staff.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff at the juice bar are always super friendly and take care of all your needs. Love the pb&j shake with blueberry and the jerk chicken roti. Also don't forget about their delicious coffee!!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WenFebruary 3
    Perfect place for a birthday party! Such a fun vibe, everyone's super friendly and the food is so good. Don't leave without the jerk wings, corn on the cob, oxtail stew, and coconut cake.
  • Evan
    EvanJune 11, 2013
    Melvin will probably call you beautiful and make your day. Jerk chicken is delicious; juices will make you feel amazing; cold brew coffee; a ginger shot called "Legalize It." What's not to love?
  • Elon R.
    Elon RubinDecember 28, 2013
    This is one of the coolest and best places in NYC/the village. The food outstanding: I got a jerk chicken roti, jerk corn and rice and beans. The prices are very cheap. Highly recommended!
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedNovember 24, 2012
    The back room is great for groups. But if you're stuck up front, hit the bar and get the cocktail with sake in it. Also, don't forget to check out the little shop of rasta oddities next door.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MorganJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vibe and amazing Food. There is a DJ at all times playing a selection of reggae music. It is a bit expensive, but well worth it. Try the Jerk Chicken and Plantains.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BrooksDecember 16, 2012
    The food was absolutely delicious. Please do yourself a favor and order the Jamaican Breakfast: Ackee and Saltfish, Callaloo, fresh fruit, festivals, and ripe plantains! Yum! Ate the whole thing!
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJanuary 19, 2013
    Jerk chicken's really tender and not that spicy. The cod fish fritters are delicious but the portions are a tad small. Overall great food and pretty cool crowd. Don't forget your plantains!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 16, 2015
    The Bitches Say: A-. The ambiance, service, and most importantly, food at Miss Lily’s were authentically Jamaican and equally fun. Don’t worry, be happy & brunch on, Bitches! Read more
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuprasJanuary 26, 2013
    Zebia (sp?) was our server and was amazing. She hooked us up with the locked up coconut cake for my girlfriend's birthday when it wasn't even available. Also, the brunch is pretty incredible.
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieApril 3, 2016
    Awesomeee atmosphere! Get the fried fish sandwich on coco bread & ask for extra scotch bonnet pepper hot sauce on the side. Get the street grilled jerk corn on the side too!
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersOctober 7, 2015
    "Jamaican like no other. Be sure to get at least one order of the Jerk Grilled Corn. They also make a mean Dark & Stormy." - Alexa Mehraban, @EatingNYC Read more
  • L E.
    L ErskineMay 27, 2016
    Such great, friendly and attentive service at the Juice Box! Get the delicious fish sandwich! But don't get the roti if you've actually had roti, cause it ain't a roti.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 19, 2012
    On Saturday, this next-door spin-off of hot spot Miss Lily's started serving freshly pressed juices, Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, salads and Jamaican beef patties Read more
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BeasleyJuly 21, 2016
    Miss Lily’s creamy, and decadent banana pudding comes layered with freshly cut bananas and delicious vanilla wafers for some added texture.
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeOctober 10, 2014
    My new favourite place - Fresh green juices, reggae, lovely staff, grilled fish salads, sweet plantains...what's not to love!? 🌼🍂🌵🍹🍏🍍🌴
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LiMarch 24, 2013
    Get the Jamaican breakfast! The festival was also amazing - almost as good (if not better) than the festival I had in Jamaica.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CheungNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place can get pricey though I still love it. I'm addicted to the corn. The roti wraps are more filling than the rice platter IMO. Jerk chicken, goat curry all good
  • Bunmi O.
    Bunmi OnitiriJuly 29, 2016
    Everything is spectacular but the highlights are the corn & coconut cake... and the jerk chicken is spot on too - honestly you can't go wrong. Order the whole menu!
  • Crain's New York Business
    Jerk is not the only way to go. There’s a vegan Bushman plate, steamed grouper, and oxtails layered with deep flavor from three days marinating in garlic, onion, scallion, ginger and carrot.-G. Greene Read more
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    This Jamaican eatery hijacks huevos rancheros. Coconut milk added to a base of kidney beans. Crispy fried plantain strips, a pair of over-easy eggs and sliced avocado make it a meal. $12.
  • Judith O.
    Judith O.March 13, 2015
    Currently smashing a jerk chicken (spicy as hell, but not in a needless way) roti. Food is still fusion-y Caribbean but was better & more authentic than I've ever had here before. Also: great coffee.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonFebruary 12, 2013
    Easy in and out spot, great Jamaican roti's (burritos) if you like spicey do the chicken jerky otherwise the curry, and the banana pudding is perfect small desert finish
  • Sam M.
    Sam Molter1 week ago
    MS. Lily's provides a fun atmosphere with laid back, Caribbean vibes. Tuesday evenings in the summertime they have a crab boil special that will not disappoint!
  • Alejandro R.
    Alejandro RicoFebruary 9, 2014
    Loud but the ultra delicious food and the coolest crew I've seen make it perfect for a fun night with friends, plus they have Ginger Beer. Totally worth it.
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongDecember 14, 2012
    The jerk chicken roti is ridiculously good. I'm also going to have to make a trip back for their Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJuly 28, 2015
    On my first day of restaurant week Miss Lily's gave to me: jerk corn, watermelon & feta salad, jerk chicken and dark n' stormy rum cake! The servings are generous and the staff is very friendly!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FerreyrosNovember 8, 2016
    The brunch special here is a great deal. Unlimited 2 hour brunch cocktails + 1 entree for $30. Good for groups!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 27, 2011
    We love brunch at this Jamaican hotspot. For sweet, try the coconut pancakes with shaved coconut. For savory, go for the jerk pork belly hash served with fried eggs. Read more
  • Stylesight
    StylesightSeptember 4, 2012
    This Jamaican diner promises great tunes courtesy of Radio Lily nextdoor, while you sip sangria and eat jerk chicken, pork ribs or steamed fish by discoball light.
  • Maybelline New York
    Maybelline New YorkSeptember 5, 2012
    An urban island retreat for the fashion set, this Jamaica-inspired hotspot serves up delicious jerk chicken. Bonus: most gorgeous waitstaff you’ve ever laid eyes on.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LambertAugust 19, 2012
    It is always too hot in here and they seat groups of 8 at a table that really is for 5. Chicken is good and the spicy bloody Mary-esque drink but go in winter with a small group
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 18, 2015
    Order the Jamaican sampler. It is a feast that includes Curry goat, oxtail stew jerk chicken & callaloo. Get the grilled jerk corn too!
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WoodJune 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Lobster tacos & coconut cake are to die for. Jamaican corn also pretty amazing (rolled in coconut!). Be warned--no hard liquor, but plenty of good beer and wine cocktails.
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerNovember 19, 2014
    Such a cool vibe. Great music great food. Had the curry chicken roti - good, huge portion, heart.
  • SKW
    SKW4 days ago
    Fun spot! Everything on the menu is delicious and the staff is awesome. Jerk chicken is fantastic.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaJuly 18, 2015
    Really good vibes for dinner. Loud music, dim lighting, tasty cocktails, cool food selection. Watermelon salad really refreshing, good fish tacos
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissFebruary 12, 2016
    Even better than I expected. The juices are fresh & low in pulp. The smoothies are also very flavorful. Friendly staff topped it off nicely!
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloSeptember 4, 2014
    Miss Lily's wins. The service, the atmosphere, and the food are all wonderful. Also, love the rumors that Beyoncé had her bday upstairs.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KellyOctober 2, 2011
    The vibe here totally rocks. It just puts smiles on faces. Ignore comments about the food or price of this or that. It's well crafted clever and hearty. I'll be back!
  • Jenai D.
    Jenai DomingoMarch 8, 2014
    The Jamaican breakfast was amazing. My hard to please Jamaican mom even said it was very good.
  • Resa N.
    Resa NgSeptember 21, 2014
    Had their chicken and waffle for brunch, reminiscent of duck and waffle from London. Worth a try!
  • CREATETHE GROUP
    CREATETHE GROUPNovember 27, 2011
    Lunch or dinner, it's one of my new favorite places in the hood. Feels like you've escaped to Jamaica even if it's raining out. The girls who work here are Caribbean goddesses. -Diana
  • Physique 57
    Physique 57March 23, 2012
    In a hurry but want to get your juice at Melvin's Juice Box? Call ahead and they'll prepare your order. Our favorite of the moment: The Rise-Up.
  • JAMESON P.
    JAMESON PINESeptember 5, 2013
    Jerk chicken is the bomb. Jah-geritas are spicy and delicious. And they play caribbean/jamaican inspired jams for music. Check it out!
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 14, 2015
    excellent food, ambience and staff. a must visit place for everyone. get the corn, jerk wings, chicken, short ribs, oxtail. yummy!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BierMarch 20, 2013
    Corn is amazingly different- tastebud adventure. Grilled ribs are fantastic. Wash the jerk chicken down with a red stripe, mon...
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessApril 15, 2015
    Melvin's Juice Box is actually open for lunch. The well spiced jerk chicken platter is a 1/2 chicken so plenty to share
  • jessica m. h.
    CARIBBEAN COCO: Coconut with 2-choices of fruits: strawberry, blueberry, pineapple or banana - Melvin brought this over from LifeThyme - so good.
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 30, 2012
    Cozy Caribbean style diner, blaring a funky mix of ska, and reggae, and serving up Jamaician Jerk-seasoned staples. Try the corn! —Tanya
  • Seamless
    SeamlessApril 10, 2013
    Newly added to Seamless! Miss Lily's is the perfect spot for a quick pickup order or delicious delivery. Jamaican delivery food? Yes, please. Read more
  • Justin W.
    Justin W.August 3, 2012
    Try the Jerk Chicken Salad - Just the right amount of spice on the chicken over fresh greens. Add the watermelon juice for full summer mode ;-)
  • Emily W.
    Shitty, faux-hip vibe and terrible service, although the food is pretty tasty. I liked the jerk corn and the shrimp curry. ALSO: there's no real alcohol in the $13 cocktails, only soju, sake, & bonal.
    Upvoted Jun 18
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarquesMay 17, 2013
    Jamaican concept bar-restaurant-store. (the spicy chicken is really spicy) fresh fruit juice in the morning (Usain Bolt - very energizing)
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooApril 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been here 4 times & have tried 6 dishes. LOVED: 1) Oxtail Stew Platter 2) Jerk Chicken Platter. See Top 10 dishes on Foodmento: Read more
  • Sandy J.
    Sandy JMay 15, 2014
    Authentic atmosphere and music but fake Caribbean food. I live the radio station and will try Ms Lily's Cafe but I've stricken Ms Lily's off my dining list permanently.
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloJuly 30, 2013
    The food is the best Caribbean I've ever had! The corn is delicious and I had the jerk chicken salad...yummy!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Chris G.
    Chris GorgesJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The jerk chicken sandwich is awesome -- has cucumbers and carrots like a spicy jerk banh mi. And it comes with a salad.
  • Nadia
    NadiaFebruary 9, 2013
    Screw the jerk chicken N00BS have some curried goat or oxtail with some sorrel and rice and peas for a real authentic experience!!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaFebruary 3, 2014
    Miss Lily's is the perfect place to grab a snack in between classes. The colors and energy of the restaurant alone are enough to pump you up. We can get enough of their delicious and fresh juices.
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WoodJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Shredded beef patties? Divine. Jerk chicken sandwich? Best sandwich of my life. Coming from a West Indian family, I can already say this spot is one of my favorites.
  • Manny B.
    Manny BadiaMarch 11, 2016
    The spicy food the big portions and the great music. Love the Caribbean atmosphere. Not enough in Manhattan
  • Diana H.
    Diana HongOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's pretty easy to have the jerk chicken roti everyday. Catch a Fire and the Jamaican Green are my favorite juices!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisNovember 24, 2015
    The food here is delicious. Get the jerk chicken with chutney marmalade and the Ackee dip & plantain chips!
  • Kat
    KatFebruary 17
    Great vibes and music. Grilled prawn "buss up shut" was delicious, as were arugula salad and sweet plantains.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanJanuary 13, 2015
    You literally can't go wrong. Everything is delicious. Go on your birthday and request a birthday song.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownApril 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ting A Ling beer cocktail, grapefruit juice and Red Stripe over ice. Yummm!
  • Seline J.
    Seline JungApril 22, 2015
    A truly diverse restaurant crowd in Manhattan is much appreciated!! Delicious Jamaican food in a fun environment.
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Melvin makes some great juices but $7 can be steep for a juice. Definitely get the Jerk Chicken Roti!
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    An insanely hip Caribbean restaurant. Our tip: Avoid the pricey and spicy food and go straight for the delicious and affordable dessert.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierAugust 2, 2014
    Be sure to stir the Catch a Fire before drinking or else the fire will burn you by the end of the juice!
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestJanuary 18, 2012
    The retro ambiance combined with mellow service and home style island meals makes you feel like you are in someone's home. Read more
  • Guest of a Guest
    Going to Miss Lily's on your birthday is the boozier equivalent of taking that Jamaican vacation you haven't been able to afford since your parents still paid your phone bill. Read more
  • Hanna P.
    Hanna ParkAugust 11, 2012
    The Rise-Up juice is the perfect combo of healthy-fresh-and-tasty. And the bee venom gives it a spicy kick!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.September 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make it a jerk night and indulge in jerk corn and chicken! Wash it down with a red stripe or ting and there ya go - Jamaica!
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YoungFebruary 29, 2016
    Jerk chicken roti. Ask for the pepper/hot sauce to kick it up a notch.
  • Diana H.
    Diana HamiltonAugust 21, 2016
    Fantastic boozy brunch. The passion fruit Bellini was fabulous, and I say this as a Bloody Mary fan.
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeJanuary 16, 2015
    Love to come around right before closing time when it's not busy; custom fried fish roti and the reggae 💛
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony De RosaSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cocktails, sexy crowd. Dinner by day, dancehall lounge by night. Feels like the West Indies, a good vibe for sure.
  • Meaghan S.
    Meaghan SmithNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great, great food. The coconut shrimp are delicious. The drinks are refreshing. Great atmosphere!
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezSeptember 10, 2016
    Amazing jerky. The roti seemed like an enormous burrito rather than an actual roti, but still delicious.
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizAugust 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Hungry and in need of some delicious flavor? Get the curry chicken roti. It is sure to satisfy on both fronts.
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬September 2, 2016
    Amazing brunch and great cocktails. Service was super friendly, which is always a plus.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 1, 2015
    Fresh squeezed juice on the sweet side. Good service and ambience in the venue
  • Gabriela G.
    Gabriela GrossmannMay 11, 2015
    Jerk grilled corn, jerk chicken, slow roasted pimento short rib, mac and cheese, callaloo
  • Eddie Z.
    Eddie ZhengSeptember 26, 2012
    Came here for lunch and had the jerk chicken and oxtail. Both were awesome! Great vibe and music.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KJune 15, 2014
    Love this place. No attitude, great selection of yummy, healthy juices and smoothies.
  • Amit S.
    Amit SharmaFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The PORK RIBS are out of this world as is the CURRY GOAT... Wish they served Appleton though...
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 18, 2011
    Miss Lily's is a bright, casual Jamacian spot with some of the best chicken in the Village and a bar that is literally a red stripe.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the toasted coconut cake, an exceptionally moist, fat-crumbed white cake. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺May 25, 2012
    Such a cool place! The beef and chicken curry patties are almost as good as in Puerto Viejo!
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonJune 1, 2012
    genius of love cocktail, grilled pork ribs, cod fish fritters, jerk chicken & avocado, steamed fish
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