The Islands

The Islands

(Now Closed)
Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
  • The experts at Serious Eats and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Sage
    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jerk chicken, curry shrimp, calypso shrimp, stew chicken are all standouts. You really can't go wrong with anything here. The rice and peas that accompany most dishes is outstanding.
  • Beril E.
    Beril EsenSeptember 6, 2015
    This beautiful place is not only awesome because it's byob, but due to the deliciousness of its spicy food. The calypso shrimp, jerk chicken, plantains, and roti skin were all amazing!
  • Barry Gottehrer R.
    The food is so good here, I get take out from here all the time! Surprisingly the take out tastes just as good as when you get it there, thats not the case for most places! Jerk chicken is the best!
  • Peter C.
    Peter CuceJune 17, 2016
    Ridiculous huge portions of West Indian food in odd-shaped venue. Oxtail, jerk chicken, curried goat are faves so far. Really can't go wrong. I love the steamed cabbage and rice and peas. Possible MSG
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LimMay 13, 2015
    Cozy byob spot with very friendly staff. Food was so delicious. Order the jerk chicken and the oxtail. Come with sides of rice and peas, cooked cabbage, and a salad. Can't wait to go back
  • Anne
    AnneAugust 16, 2013
    This place is as the reviews claim; genuine home cooking. Felt like I was back home. Great flavor, great portions, worth the trip. And as noted, it's truly a hole in the wall; limited seating.
  • Jana P.
    Jana PetersenApril 27, 2013
    Jerk chicken is a MUST. Portions are huge. Ambience is ... set to feel like you're in a really really small boat. And it's BYO. Wins all around. Hidden gem and will def be back.
  • Lily
    LilyMay 3
    Lucky Peach: "Portions are generous here: spicy, tender jerk chicken and curry goat come served on wide platters with plantains and coconut rice, most of them big enough to share."
  • Zach C.
    Zach CollinsAugust 26, 2016
    Stew chicken fell right off the bone, rice and beans were perfectly moist. Mashed potatoes were creamy and very well done, and portions of all the food were generous
  • The Corcoran Group
    The sweet ladies that run this teeny tiny space are serving up some of the best Jerk Chicken and the Curry Goat around. Don’t rush here as you’re now on Island time.
  • Helena W.
    Helena WongJanuary 2, 2014
    Still thinking about the jerk chicken and oxtail. Meat is oh so tender! Dining upstairs is def an experience. BYOB!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoFebruary 22, 2015
    This tiny eatery has a pint-sized dining area, but the flavors and portions they put out are nothing to scoff out. Get the Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans; a large will be enough for two meals.
  • Zac Z.
    Zac ZellersMay 2, 2016
    tiny cash-only 4-seat spot (sometimes with service upstairs) serving fine curry and jerk dishes. it just *feels* good to be here with someone on a warm sunny afternoon.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    FAVORITE restaurant. The Islands man is super wonderful and generous, though he has a pretty thick accent. The food is delicious, too. :D Mmm stewed oxtails & calypso shrimp ...
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Generous portions (a "small" plate is plenty) of chicken, shrimp, goat, and oxtail come with rice and salads, an authentic and delicious low-frills meal. Read more
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJune 22, 2015
    Call in and order take out. Not much space at the restaurant. Everything curried is good. Get extra cabbage on the side as that stuff is dooooope.
  • Sha S.
    Sha SugandaOctober 29, 2013
    One of the tastiest Jerk Chicken I've ever had! Oxtail was also delicious.... Def going back!
  • LaTanya B.
    Quaint. Authentic. Delicious. Spicy. Savory. Curry shrimp. Jerk chicken. Mac & Cheese. Do it.
  • Raphael L.
    Jerk chicken, goat curry, Mac and cheese, plantains. Go there, right now. Order ahead, and sit on the steps of the Bk museum.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SMarch 4, 2012
    PLEASE DON'T COME HERE!! The place is small, and if you're here, you'll get in my way! Srsly, the food is full-on amazing. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Its a hard debate whether this or Glady's is better. They are the two best Caribbean places I have been to in Prospect Heights - Crown Heights, in Brooklyn & in New York City.
  • Jess B.
    Jess ButlerOctober 4, 2015
    Enjoyed a spicy and delicious plate of jerk shrimp and got a lesson on hot peppers from the amazing chef.
  • TBernie Talks Beauty
    TBernie Talks BeautyNovember 24, 2011
    The real taste of Jamaica! Faves: Stamp And Go, Soups, Garlic Shrimp Salad, Calypso Shrimp, Jerk Lamb, Steamed Snapper, Pineapple Cheesecake
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    Service is slow but worth the wait for enormous servings of some of the city's best Caribean food.
  • Cicely O.
    Cicely OaksAugust 18, 2013
    Oxtails were delicious. Ideal seating area is outside its a little cramped upstairs.
  • Tristan L.
    Tristan LewisMay 17, 2016
    Incredible experience. I'm Jamaica and I can attest that this spot is truly authentic. I'd definitely visit again!
  • Amira B.
    Amira BlissAugust 24, 2012
    The most amazing jerk chicken ever. Take out orders are prioritized over dine-in orders. I think you know what to do.
  • Bob R.
    Bob RutledgeMay 24, 2015
    Head to the kitty-corner bodega and grab a couple of Red Stripe beer before settling in at the upstairs dining room for Amazing jerk chicken.
  • Charles F.
    Charles FordeApril 17, 2014
    Best Jamaican food in Brooklyn. Try the fried dumplings. Better than my mother's. Don't tell her I said that.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleSeptember 7, 2015
    The brown stew chicken with rice and peas was delicious, very satisfying. The jerk was too spicy for my taste.
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HuAugust 14, 2013
    Certain items are sold out on some days so ask before you try to make decision. Also, small plate is actually huge!
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrAugust 25, 2012
    Its all luvly homestyle cookin here, jerk chkn roti w gr8 spice. Finally tried the mac & cheese well baked. Must. Have. More. Mac&cheeesy.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Caribbean food near the Brooklyn museum. Limited seating but great for takeout.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIApril 4, 2016
    The best jerk shrimp I've had. Very small shop with a couple of tables upstairs.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BruckMarch 30, 2015
    Everyone's right -- the jerk chicken is amazing. Get it. A large was more than my husband and I could finish.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HaasJuly 17, 2010
    Get fifteen of your friends together and take over the upstairs. BYOB, and lots of it, because you'll be waiting a while. But it's worth the wait.
  • BrooklynMuseum
    BrooklynMuseumDecember 11, 2009
    Staff Pick! Danny (Exhibitions): A hole-in-the-wall kitchen covering your Caribbean needs. I like to get the spicy jerk chicken and head over to the nearby park to enjoy.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ranked by many as the best Caribbean food in Brooklyn. I have no reason to disagree. So amazing.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerOctober 24, 2016
    Spicy and authentic. Will be back ASAP.
  • illy
    illyJanuary 14
    Still dreaming bout the jerk chicken, oxtail, and baked mac n' cheese 😍 Literally licked the plate clean.
  • Neely M.
    Neely MooreOctober 27, 2011
    Call ahead to preorder even if you are dining in. Many dishes can only be made if you call ahead :)
  • Emma P.
    Emma PelznerOctober 21, 2011
    Best for takeout. Amazing food, low prices, large portions. Jerk chicken and goat are good bets.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJanuary 5, 2011
    Tiny restaurant, big flavor. My $10 jerk chicken with rice and peas was enough for at least two meals, nicely spicy and juicy tender.
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TuscanApril 29, 2016
    The rice alone is worth it. Tiny spot, get takeout or free delivery.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 14, 2016
    Jerk chicken is awesome. But the baked mac and cheese is next level.
  • Ru C.
    Ru ChungNovember 28, 2015
    The ox tail!! Best in the area. The hour of operations are wacky though.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac & cheese is very good. Substitute it for the rice for $2.
  • Adrian M.
    Adrian MangelSeptember 7, 2014
    Sit outside, great lemonade and amazing jerk chicken
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeslieNovember 24, 2015
    Cool atmosphere and nice service, it's slow, but it's BYOB so just drink a lot
  • Casey S.
    Casey SchoonoverMay 26, 2014
    For the oxtail! The jerk chicken is good but the oxtail is amazing!
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea ReneeAugust 31, 2015
    It's just amazing. Great food and service. calypso shrimp is amazing
  • Mallory B.
    Mallory BrandSeptember 19, 2016
    Slow service but great food and HUGE portions. BYOB and cash only, super cute but tiny place
  • Trace
    TraceSeptember 23, 2012
    Defintely order the escovitch fish. The pickled onions and carrots are deliciously spicy.
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonJuly 23, 2011
    Best Caribbean food on the planet. Probably best restaurant in the area. Get the jerk chicken!
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderApril 23, 2014
    Hole in the wall spot. But so so good. Chicken falls off the bone.
  • Jim C
    Jim CSeptember 10, 2013
    Authentic great tasting Caribbean cuisine👏 byob and cash only.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GilDecember 11, 2016
    Oxtail is perfect but price increased. Everything is great...bring a bottle of wine.
  • Tianxu X.
    Tianxu XiaNovember 20, 2013
    oxtail, so good! Must try!
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GadbawSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beat the crowd with free delivery for orders over $10. Not on seamless.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A whole in the wall on Washington Ave. One of the best hidden gems in the Prospect Heights / Crown Heights area.
  • thecoffeebeaners
    thecoffeebeanersOctober 26, 2011
    You have not been to Prospect Heights until you have tried The Islands' Jerk Chicken!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PageAugust 25, 2012
    This is the best jerk chicken I've ever had in my life. Perfection!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The plantains are amazing. Nice long strips seasoned perfectly.
  • Pascal A.
    Pascal AntoineApril 22, 2010
    If there is a wait (and there probably will be) make sure you ask them for a complimentary soup! The wait will be worth it though.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiscenzaMarch 1, 2016
    Curry goat is great- order your platter with a roti
  • Love Lee T.
    Love Lee Tricia LeeDecember 24, 2015
    No frills, no frustration- just excellent Jamaican cuisine. xxo
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BekAugust 27, 2014
    Wow. Chicken falls off the bone and melts in your mouth.
  • Kass
    KassDecember 6, 2015
    The goat curry and plantains are out of this world.
  • Graham G.
    Graham GnallJanuary 8
    Huge, hearty portions of jerk and stewed meats.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The oxtail is phenomenal. A must try.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickApril 23, 2016
    Super authentic hole in the wall with a knockout curried goat
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oxtails here = my favorite food in this city
  • Danny K.
    Danny KatzMarch 28, 2016
    I would live here if I could. So delicious :-')
  • Dean C.
    Dean CareyMarch 4, 2016
    Fantastic jerk chicken and the friendliest service!
  • Lajcyn
    LajcynJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Oxtails and the Garlic shrimp dishes are AMAZING!
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RobinsonJune 1, 2013
    Great carribean flavor for the area
  • Sharmeen I.
    Sharmeen IslamAugust 4, 2013
    the most amazing jerked chicken EVER outside of Jamaica
  • Dan H.
    Dan HMay 6, 2014
    great portions. Awesome jerk chicken.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The bread pudding is a very good dessert.
  • Cameron K.
    Cameron KetchamFebruary 4, 2016
    Such a small space, but the food was amazing.
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleOctober 22, 2015
    Great, authentic Caribbean food.
  • Angela
    AngelaNovember 11, 2012
    Call in and give ample time before picking up your order
  • N M.
    N MartinAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Jerk Lamb is a MUST
  • Rogelio F.
    My favorite spot when I don't want to cook!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GodinJune 15, 2013
    Outstanding. Jerk lamb is killer.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Has limited seating upstairs.
  • Erica
    EricaAugust 23, 2013
    Jerk chicken has to be the best in the city
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BaptisteNovember 30, 2014
    Amazing food! Hidden Gem
  • Furay C.
    Furay ChangAugust 5, 2015
    honestly everything is good here
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 22, 2015
    The curry goat is superb. 😍
  • jeannie
    jeannieMay 20, 2013
    Very limited seating upstairs. Cash only.
  • Julian C.
    Julian ColeJuly 25, 2014
    Banging jerk chicken falling off the bone!
  • Duane K.
    Duane KinseyOctober 4, 2014
    Life changing Jerk Chicken and Ox Tail
  • Nasir M.
    Nasir MemonAugust 17, 2014
    Jerk chicken. Also byo.
  • Karibi D.
    Karibi DagogoNovember 24, 2014
    Oxtail is so on point
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganAugust 29, 2009
    The jerked chicken meal is perfect. I must go every time I'm at Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Garden or Prospect Park.
  • Elon James W.
    Elon James WhiteApril 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat Everything.
  • Cinthia B.
    Cinthia BianchiApril 13, 2015
    It's my furar time with Jamaican food. Terrific glamour!
  • Zina A.
    Zina AlamJune 15, 2016
    Must try: Oxtail
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioJune 22, 2011
    Call ahead because they are on island time
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