Miss Lilys

After recuperating from running the NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon on Sunday, I treated myself to my first meal at Miss Lily’s in Soho.

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This Jamaican style diner – on Houston Street in New York City – came highly recommended by BRIANNABELLEG on Instagram.

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I love Caribbean food so this recommendation went straight to the top of my very long list of restaurant suggestions from friends.

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I ordered two appetizers, one entrée and a dessert on this gorgeous evening.

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To start, the waitress highly suggested I try both the Jerk Grilled Corn…

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And Jerk Chicken Wings… since it was my first time.

Both were fantastic. They are must-eats if you dine at Miss Lily’s.

The corn was so good, I want to figure out how to make it at home. It was also a meal in itself. The kernels on the cob were HUGE, and the coating of toasted coconut and jerk mayo was thick.

The juicy chicken – covered in a jerk marinade – was amazing as well, but I don’t think I can duplicate the finger-licking grilled flavor inside my Manhattan apartment.

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As for my entrée, the Oxtail Stew, it was delicious. The rich stew around the meat was my favorite part. The oxtail was cooked perfectly; however, I don’t recommend this to those who get annoyed eating around a bone. I sorta do (okay, I more than do), but I had to have it. Miss Lily’s oxtail was highly recommended by the waitress… and every review I read on the web – justifiably so.

If it weren’t for running the half marathon, I couldn’t have finished all this food by myself.

Coconut Cake from Miss Lilys in New York City
I had just enough room left for the very satisfying Coconut Cake.

My one complaint? The service was a little annoying because I had three different waitresses work my table during the course of my meal. It was awkward and irritating; however, everything worked out though.

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Don’t let the my service criticism stand in your way of eating a great Jamaican meal at Miss Lily’s.

Miss Lily’s (Twitter | Instagram | Facebook) – 132 West Houston Street (at Sullivan Street), NYC 10012; (212) 812-1482

Would I go back to Miss Lily’s? Yes! Is there a Snack Fixation on Miss Lily’s menu? Maybe the Jerk Grilled Corn. Would I tell a New York friend about Miss Lily’s? Yes! If family or friends were in town from Ohio, would I drag them to Miss Lily’s? Maybe. What am I ordering next time? The Jerk Pork or Hellshire Beach Fried Whole Fish. Pricey? Normal for NYC.

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