Miss Lily's & Melvin's Juice Box

Miss Lily's & Melvin's Juice Box

Caribbean Restaurant and Juice Bar$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
324 Tips and reviews
  • jerk chicken
  • lively
  • oxtail
  • coconut cake
  • authentic
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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!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 8
    Ackee hummus with grilled flatbread & hot pepper shrimp apps, then steamed porgy on bammy and jerk salmon with side of rice and peas and Jamaican vegetables. Good sangria and sorrel drinks.
    Upvoted Oct 25
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!? 🌼🍂🌵🍹🍏🍍🌴
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sam M.
    Sam MolterAugust 9
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerNovember 19, 2014
    Such a cool vibe. Great music great food. Had the curry chicken roti - good, huge portion, heart.
  • 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
  • SKW
    SKWAugust 15
    Fun spot! Everything on the menu is delicious and the staff is awesome. Jerk chicken is fantastic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jenai D.
    Jenai DomingoMarch 8, 2014
    The Jamaican breakfast was amazing. My hard to please Jamaican mom even said it was very good.
  • 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!
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