I'd heard about Miss Lily's restaurant for a while; a native New Yorker had raved about it and I had seen it in a few online publications, but perhaps most ironically it featured in an email that I'd received during my visit from the airline I had flown with. Despite all this I was still quite sceptical, as far as I'm concerned Caribbean cuisine is often at its best when it's from a low-key local shop. Miss Lily's however manages to bring an authentic taste of Jamaica to lower Manhattan...successfully!
Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly and enthusiastic hostess who decided to 'walk and wine' as she seated us. No complaints from my party...the music was great (think Mavado and Aidonia as well as the more obvious choices such as Chaka Demus and Pliers) so I didn't blame her at all.
The menu consisted mostly of traditional dishes such as Curry Goat, Oxtail and Steamed Fish; there were a few oddballs such 'Fish Tacos' I have never in my life known any Caribbean island to serve tacos, but overall the menu was quite impressive. I ordered the Oxtail and my friends ordered the Curry Goat and Jerk Chicken.
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