The Islands

The Islands

Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
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  • Raphael L.
    "Jerk chicken, goat curry, Mac and cheese, plantains."(41 Tips)
    Lajcyn
    "The Oxtails and the Garlic shrimp dishes are AMAZING!"(22 Tips)
    Kass
    "The goat curry and plantains are out of this world."(8 Tips)
    Jim C
    "Authentic great tasting Caribbean cuisine👏 byob and cash only."(7 Tips)
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  • 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
    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.
  • Sage
    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zac Z.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauDecember 4, 2011
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LaTanya B.
    LaTanya B.August 28, 2015
    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.
  • Sha S.
    Sha SugandaOctober 29, 2013
    One of the tastiest Jerk Chicken I've ever had! Oxtail was also delicious.... Def going back!
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 26, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Tristan L.
    Incredible experience. I'm Jamaica and I can attest that this spot is truly authentic. I'd definitely visit again!
  • Cicely O.
    Cicely OaksAugust 18, 2013
    Oxtails were delicious. Ideal seating area is outside its a little cramped upstairs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIApril 4
    The best jerk shrimp I've had. Very small shop with a couple of tables upstairs.
  • 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!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Great Caribbean food near the Brooklyn museum. Limited seating but great for takeout.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    Ranked by many as the best Caribbean food in Brooklyn. I have no reason to disagree. So amazing.
  • Joshua T.
    The rice alone is worth it. Tiny spot, get takeout or free delivery.
  • 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.
  • Ru C.
    Ru ChungNovember 28, 2015
    The ox tail!! Best in the area. The hour of operations are wacky though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 29, 2015
    The mac & cheese is very good. Substitute it for the rice for $2.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeslieNovember 24, 2015
    Cool atmosphere and nice service, it's slow, but it's BYOB so just drink a lot
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonJuly 23, 2011
    Best Caribbean food on the planet. Probably best restaurant in the area. Get the jerk chicken!
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea ReneeAugust 31, 2015
    It's just amazing. Great food and service. calypso shrimp is amazing
  • Adrian M.
    Adrian MangelSeptember 7, 2014
    Sit outside, great lemonade and amazing jerk chicken
  • Saarim Z.
    Jerk chicken is awesome. But the baked mac and cheese is next level.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 20, 2015
    A whole in the wall on Washington Ave. One of the best hidden gems in the Prospect Heights / Crown Heights area.
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