Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican restaurant just south of the village on Houston, has as much flare in its ambiance as it does in its menu. It’s another restaurant that really is just cool and makes you feel cool to eat there. On top of the “cool” factor though, the food is really amazing across the board. Every dish ordered, and many were ordered, had incredible flavor and left me wanting more. There wasn’t a single dish that I didn’t enjoy. The cocktails were also really great and playful. Make sure to order Miss Lily’s special shot! ;) Overall, Miss Lily’s is just vibrant and fun and I’m already planning my next visit back.
Genius of Love: This is the passion fruit cocktail on the menu and it was delicious… so delicious I ordered six of them. Though I sampled tastes of other drinks on the menu, this was my favorite as I’m a sucker for anything passion fruit.
Jerk Grilled Corn: The corn is covered in jerk spices and toasted coconut and is really freaking amazing. It might even be the best corn you can order in the city. This should most definitely be on the table.
Ackee* Dip and Plantain Chips: This was pretty good, but nothing special compared to everything else on the table. The plantains had a nice crunch and the ackee dip was refreshing, but I wouldn’t order it again.
*Ackee is an apple-like fruit that is the national fruit of Jamaica
Jaquitos - Curried Lobster: G-d these were good. They were super refreshing with just the right amount of mayo and flavoring. On the side came a perfectly spicy “salsa” that added a really nice heat to the taco. I found myself scraping the small bowl that it came in just to ensure that I got every last bite.
Jaquitos - Callaloo & Plantain
Mussels Linguine: This was made with jerk, cilantro and parsley and far exceeded any of my expectations. Since we had ordered so many appetizers, I felt inclined to order something that I felt would be on the lighter side and it was. The mussels were standard, but the jerk sauce that covered the linguini was both unique and perfectly spiced. By the end I was hoping there was another bowl.
Jerk Pork Burger: Topped with red onion, avocado and a mango chutney, this burger was also bursting with flavor. I was actually very surprised by how “juicy” the burger was and by the meat itself, which was really nicely spiced. While the avocado and mango chutney were great flavor accompaniments, it was nice that the burger itself contained enough flavor on its own.
Vegan Bushman Plate: This plate was composed of jerk seitan, quinoa, stir fry vegetables and callaloo. You cannot tell me that this dish doesn’t look awesome (and possibly like it’s actually meat). I only had a bite of the seitan, but it was a great bite.
Miss Lily’s Banana Cream Pudding: This is absolutely the best banana pudding I’ve ever had. Perfect in texture and banana flavor, this also contains an extra kick, the same ingredient I think was in Miss Lily’s Special Shot. My friend and I were thinking it might be nutmeg, but that seems too ordinary for a Miss Lily’s creation. Regardless, make sure to save room for this because it’s fantastic!
132 W Houston Street New York, New York ($$-$$$)