Jerk chicken, curried goat, dancehall reggae on the turntable, and an icy-cold Red Stripe in hand. When we crave a respite from the frantic pace of NYC, we know just where to go: Miss Lily’s, a groovy island outpost that happens to reside on Houston Street in the West Village—though it may as well be a portal to the beachfront in Negril. Jammed since the day it opened, Miss Lily’s has an unimpeachable pedigree. Its creators own the Rockhouse hotel in Jamaica, a favorite of the fashion set, who are also regulars at this effortlessly fabulous, fabulously authentic neighborhood hangout. Go for dinner and you’ll likely wind up dancing to Barrington Levy in the back room; or stop by after boutique-hopping in SoHo for a Jamaican Green (kale, apple, lemon, ginger, and celery) juice at Melvin’s Juice Box, the adjacent snack-and-juice-bar run by downtown legend Melvin Major Jr. Hooked on Miss Lily’s irresistibly soulful soundtrack? Listen at home on radiolily.com.
Just between SoHo and Greenwich Village, you can find Miss Lily’s on the corner of Houston and Sullivan. Melvin’s Juice Box is at the same intersection, just one storefront over.
MISS LILY'S: 132 West Houston St.; 212-812-1482; misslilys.com
MELVIN'S JUICE BOX: 130 West Houston St.; 646-625-4825; melvinsjuicebox.com