10 Soul Food/Caribbean Hidden Gems

If you’re looking for some good soul food that reminds you of your roots in the south or  good Caribbean food that reminds you of your island background, this list is for you! I’ve come across of few hidden gems in my food blogging life that I know you would love. But shh… let’s keep these between just us.

1. Dunns River Lounge (93 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570)

Dunns River offers a special Caribbean brunch menu of porridge and two main courses per person. They also have live music entertainment for dinner. This is the perfect hidden gem for you and your boo.

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2. Miss Lily’s  (132 West Houston Street at Sullivan Street New York, NY 10012 and 109 Avenue A at 7th Street, New York, NY 10009)

Miss Lily’s serves some of the best Caribbean food at both locations. What I love most is their ambiance that gives you an island, fun and fresh feel. They are included in restaurant week, try the whole Fried Fish it’s amazing.

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3. Pretty Toni’s Cafe (759 W Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, NY 11580)

You probably wouldn’t even see this Southern style restaurant if you weren’t looking for it. But just know that you will enjoy what they serve inside. It’s great for dinner any day or Sunday brunch. Also, they’ve just added an outdoor seating area just in time for the summer!



4. LL Dent (221 Old Country Road, Carle Place Garden City NY 11530)

LL Dent brings the homey and friendly ways of the south to NYC. Unlike a regular brunch buffet where you go pick out your food yourself, you are served and some parts of your meal are freshly cooked.

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5. Cheryl’s Global Soul Food (236 Underhill Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238)

Cheryl’s combines the best of soul food and Caribbean food. They’re brunch and dinner are both amazing! I’m also obsessed with their back patio outdoor eating area. All I can say is, you must try it!

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6. Sugarcane (238 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)

Sugarcane is popular for their Caribbean food and cool environment. This gem isn’t so hidden but if you didn’t know about it, now you do.


7. Peaches  (393 Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11233)

Peaches is a great location for brunch and dinner. You have the option of eating both indoors or outdoors. This location is great for a slightly larger group than just two people.

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8. The Smoke Joint  (87 S Elliott Place Brooklyn, NY 11217)

The Smoke Joint has a casual roadhouse setting. It’s definitely a jeans and t-shirt chill environment with great food. Not only are the ribs good but the collard greens were amazing.


9. Pink Teacup (120 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238)

Whether you’re looking for a cozy intimate dinner on a Friday night or a family brunch on a early Sunday afternoon, think Pink Tea Cup. They provide a warm intimate setting and a delicious southern style dining experience.

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10. The Door (163-07 Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434)

The Door is my after church Sunday go to Caribbean restaurant. Two words: brunch buffet. Trust me you will make it your after church spot too.

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