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The Islands

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803 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6104
+1 718-398-3575
12:00 - 22:30
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Staten Island, New York
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

I treated myself to a hefty serving of Jamaican oxtail and wasn't disappointed. Sure it was oily, but man, it was g-o-o-d to the bones! I also carried out an order of jerk chicken and loved it just the same! It was a little too spicy but I am not complaining. The chicken was cooked perfectly, tender and flavorful! Food... More 

Thank L F
Milan, Italy
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Was there last week with a couple of friends. The place has a nice vibe, like you are home. Food portions are great and food tastes even better!

Thank Antonio33133
Brooklyn, New York
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

basics: for lunch i believe it is take-out only. For dinner, there is sit-down service but it is very no-frills. This is a long-time local place, and they focus on what they do well (food) and it is excellent. Don't expect service that you would get at a fancy restaurant. The portions are huge, it is great value for your... More 

Thank Nick C
Brooklyn, New York
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

I am from the islands, I love the islands, and I love my island food. They make magic with very limited space (I take it to go) and the smell when you walk in or simply walk by is freaking amazing! Now, they are slightly more expensive than I'd like (I can go to Culpepper's and get my Bajan cuisine... More 

Thank Ms_Akilah
New York City, New York
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124 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Crown Heights is fast becoming one of the best neighborhoods to eat in Brooklyn. Crown Heights has a diverse culinary scene that has restaurants for all different budgets. It seems like every day new and exciting restaurants are opening but Islands is one of the restaurants that helped create this neighborhood. The Islands is a mix of food from the... More 

Thank spyro m
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

The rice was gummy and not in a tasty way. The oxtails were not cooked enough and the gravy was greasy. The vegetables were overcooked. Sorrel was great.

1 Thank Terrea M
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

We have been to this restaurant a handful of times and each time we go in with elevated expectations, yet the food and the experience of down-home Caribbean cooking is not to be questioned. The ambiance is simple, some small tables upstairs, but it is the food that makes making the trip over here (just steps across Eastern Parkway from... More 

1 Thank JJ-BrownstoneBklyn
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

This was our third time visiting the Islands. Our daughter performs with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra at the Brooklyn Museum. Whenever she performs we always enjoy a post concert dinner upstairs at the Islands. We have always been delighted with the cuisine and the service. Although it is mostly a take out business it is nice for non locals to... More 

Thank lollydolly2
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This was our go-to for take out food in Crown Heights. Be prepared to wait..it's soo worth it. The Jerk chicken can be a little too spicy so if there's more than one person eating; get the stewed chicken too and mixed them together. Small seating area upstairs and it's cash only.

Thank byrd428
Plymouth, Minnesota
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292 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

This hole-in-the-wall type restaurant does not look like much but the food was very tasty. We had a variety of dishes- Jerk Chicken, Calypso Shrimp, Oxtail and others. Each entrée comes with sides including some terrifically spiced rice and onions. Although the cooks were a bit hard to understand, we all thought the food was good. Not really any place... More 

Thank Chip1701

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 803 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6104
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: +1 718-398-3575

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?