The Islands

The Islands

Caribbean Restaurant · Prospect Heights
803 Washington Ave (btw Lincoln Pl and Eastern Pkwy), Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • Noon–10:30 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner
Drinks:
BYO
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.3/10

Based on 268 votes

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    Raphael L.
    "Jerk chicken, goat curry, Mac and cheese, plantains."(38 Tips)
    Lajcyn
    "The Oxtails and the Garlic shrimp dishes are AMAZING!"(20 Tips)
    Michael D.
    "Curry goat is great- order your platter with a roti"(8 Tips)
    Jim C
    "Authentic great tasting Caribbean cuisine👏 byob and cash only."(7 Tips)
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  • jerk chicken
  • oxtail
  • authentic
  • Caribbean food
  • BYOB
  • casual
  • spicy food
  • cozy
  • hidden gem
  • good for a quick meal
  • mac & cheese
  • shrimp
  • snapper
  • big portions
  • hole in the wall
  • museums
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  • botanical gardens
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  • Beril E.

    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!

    Beril Esen · September 6, 2015
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  • Andrew L.

    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

    Andrew Lim · May 13, 2015
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  • Lori L.

    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.

    Lori Luo · February 22, 2015
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  • Anne

    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.

    Anne · August 16, 2013
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  • Jana P.

    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.

    Jana Petersen · April 27, 2013
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  • Sage

    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.

    Sage · September 6, 2014
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  • BrooklynMuseum

    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.

    BrooklynMuseum · December 11, 2009
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  • Zach O.

    I had the Curry Goat & the Oxtail plates based on that I'm sure everything is good! Go to »»» ChillinWithZach.Blogspot.com ««« to read more

    Zach O · March 1, 2015
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  • Liana L.

    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 ...

    Liana Lau · December 4, 2011
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  • 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.

    The Corcoran Group · May 1, 2011
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  • Gabriel H.

    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.

    Gabriel Hayes · August 26, 2015
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  • Fodor's Travel

    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

    Fodor's Travel · September 9, 2015
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  • Damian B.

    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.

    Damian Bayona · June 22, 2015
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  • Helena W.

    Still thinking about the jerk chicken and oxtail. Meat is oh so tender! Dining upstairs is def an experience. BYOB!

    Helena Wong · January 2, 2014
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  • Benjamin H.

    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.

    Benjamin Haas · July 17, 2010
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  • Steve S.

    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

    Steve S · March 4, 2012
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  • TBernie Talks Beauty

    The real taste of Jamaica! Faves: Stamp And Go, Soups, Garlic Shrimp Salad, Calypso Shrimp, Jerk Lamb, Steamed Snapper, Pineapple Cheesecake

    TBernie Talks Beauty · November 24, 2011
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  • 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.

    Raphael Langenscheidt · July 22, 2015
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  • LaTanya B.

    Quaint. Authentic. Delicious. Spicy. Savory. Curry shrimp. Jerk chicken. Mac & Cheese. Do it.

    LaTanya B. · August 28, 2015
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  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.

    Its all luvly homestyle cookin here, jerk chkn roti w gr8 spice. Finally tried the mac & cheese well baked. Must. Have. More. Mac&cheeesy.

    Noah @Noah_Xifr Xifr · August 25, 2012
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  • Sha S.

    One of the tastiest Jerk Chicken I've ever had! Oxtail was also delicious.... Def going back!

    Sha Suganda · October 29, 2013
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  • Joanna F.

    Tiny restaurant, big flavor. My $10 jerk chicken with rice and peas was enough for at least two meals, nicely spicy and juicy tender.

    Joanna Flamm · January 5, 2011
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  • Pascal A.

    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.

    Pascal Antoine · April 22, 2010
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  • Lynn H.

    Certain items are sold out on some days so ask before you try to make decision. Also, small plate is actually huge!

    Lynn Hu · August 14, 2013
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  • Cicely O.

    Oxtails were delicious. Ideal seating area is outside its a little cramped upstairs.

    Cicely Oaks · August 18, 2013
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  • Lisa R.

    The brown stew chicken with rice and peas was delicious, very satisfying. The jerk was too spicy for my taste.

    Lisa Rayle · September 7, 2015
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  • Jess B.

    Enjoyed a spicy and delicious plate of jerk shrimp and got a lesson on hot peppers from the amazing chef.

    Jess Butler · October 4, 2015
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  • Amira B.

    The most amazing jerk chicken ever. Take out orders are prioritized over dine-in orders. I think you know what to do.

    Amira Bliss · August 24, 2012
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  • Serious Eats

    Service is slow but worth the wait for enormous servings of some of the city's best Caribean food.

    Serious Eats · March 19, 2013
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  • Neely M.

    Call ahead to preorder even if you are dining in. Many dishes can only be made if you call ahead :)

    Neely Moore · October 27, 2011
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  • Charles F.

    Best Jamaican food in Brooklyn. Try the fried dumplings. Better than my mother's. Don't tell her I said that.

    Charles Forde · April 17, 2014
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  • Gabriel H.

    Great Caribbean food near the Brooklyn museum. Limited seating but great for takeout.

    Gabriel Hayes · June 20, 2015
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  • Bob R.

    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.

    Bob Rutledge · May 24, 2015
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  • Emma P.

    Best for takeout. Amazing food, low prices, large portions. Jerk chicken and goat are good bets.

    Emma Pelzner · October 21, 2011
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  • WEI W.

    The best jerk shrimp I've had. Very small shop with a couple of tables upstairs.

    WEI WEI · April 4
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  • Maya B.

    Everyone's right -- the jerk chicken is amazing. Get it. A large was more than my husband and I could finish.

    Maya Bruck · March 30, 2015
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  • Monica L.

    Cool atmosphere and nice service, it's slow, but it's BYOB so just drink a lot

    Monica Leslie · November 24, 2015
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  • Ru C.

    The ox tail!! Best in the area. The hour of operations are wacky though.

    Ru Chung · November 28, 2015
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  • Dave S.

    The jerked chicken meal is perfect. I must go every time I'm at Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Garden or Prospect Park.

    Dave Surgan · August 29, 2009
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  • Brad B.

    Best Caribbean food on the planet. Probably best restaurant in the area. Get the jerk chicken!

    Brad Benson · July 23, 2011
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  • Gabriel H.

    A whole in the wall on Washington Ave. One of the best hidden gems in the Prospect Heights / Crown Heights area.

    Gabriel Hayes · June 20, 2015
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  • Joshua T.

    The rice alone is worth it. Tiny spot, get takeout or free delivery.

    Joshua Tuscan · 4 days ago
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  • Gabriel H.

    The mac & cheese is very good. Substitute it for the rice for $2.

    Gabriel Hayes · July 29, 2015
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  • Andrea R.

    It's just amazing. Great food and service. calypso shrimp is amazing

    Andrea Renee · August 31, 2015
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  • thecoffeebeaners

    You have not been to Prospect Heights until you have tried The Islands' Jerk Chicken!

    thecoffeebeaners · October 26, 2011
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  • Trace

    Defintely order the escovitch fish. The pickled onions and carrots are deliciously spicy.

    Trace · September 23, 2012
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  • Love Lee T.

    No frills, no frustration- just excellent Jamaican cuisine. xxo

    Love Lee Tricia Lee · December 24, 2015
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  • Benjamin G.

    Beat the crowd with free delivery for orders over $10. Not on seamless.

    Benjamin Gadbaw · September 7, 2013
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  • Gabriel H.

    Ranked by many as the best Caribbean food in Brooklyn. I have no reason to disagree. So amazing.

    Gabriel Hayes · June 20, 2015
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  • Casey S.

    For the oxtail! The jerk chicken is good but the oxtail is amazing!

    Casey Schoonover · May 26, 2014
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