Immigrant cuisine dominating New York’s restaurant landscape is nothing new—just ask Katz’s, now pushing 120. But the last 50 years have seen an influx of people who have massively expanded the city’s culinary repertoire, and few regions have made a deeper impact than the Caribbean.
Gun Hill Road in the Bronx is like the 15th parish of Jamaica, but Brooklyn offers its own wealth of West Indian options. In areas like Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Flatbush, offerings run the full gamut of island fare, from decades-old curry spots to trendier takes on the classics.
We’ve put together a short list of our go-to places for roti, doubles, and, of course, jerk chicken.