CURRIED LOBSTER ROLL @ MISS LILY’S, NYC
Miss Lily’s Favourite Cakes is certainly too cool for its own good, but that’s fine with me, because the food is good. It also suits its “cooler-than-thou” owners (Serge Becker of La Esquina and Paul Salmon of Jamaica’s Rockhouse Hotel) just fine. Miss Lily’s is a Jamaican restaurant on a previously cursed stretch of West Houston street, a place where you’re not likely to be able to just walk-in on any busy night (make a rez if you’re gonna see Miss Lily for dinner). The food is tasty, the decor is cool and it’s the only place that comes to mind for tasty Jamaican fare beyond the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. And I love me some Jerk Chicken.
Although the Jerk Chicken sandwich is not a bad choice, I have chosen not to write about it as I would recommend you not to order this well-spiced, succulent chicken on a bun, but rather as a plate, with rice and peas as it’s intended to be eaten. The added bread just takes away from the zesty heat of the jerk seasoning. Which brings me to the wild card on their menu, an item that was surprisingly delicious, the Curried Lobster Roll.
The Curried Lobster Roll, ordered on a whim at the last minute was well worth the $16. The lightly curried lobster salad was highly delicious, nessled between a light, flakey baguette roughly the size of a hot dog bun. Using just enough mayo and curry with a little lemon and a nice amount of black pepper to brighten up the flavor, the roll has everything you’d want for a warm summer (or early fall day) sandwich - it will certainly be one of their warm-weather mainstays. The Lobster roll had just the right amount of seasoning, enhancing the rich, sweet flavor of the lobster but not so much that you couldn’t taste the meat - one of the problems I had foreseen when ordering the sandwich. If you’re in the mood for a chill (super-trendy) spot for the last of the warm weather, give this cool curried lobster roll a shot - it’s definitely a great lunch item. For dinner, I’d go with the chicken, or the curried goat, both very tasty, although the goat was a little fry for my taste.
Just don’t forget to sample the Jerk (and the deliciously crunchy cod fritters), because that’s are what will keep their doors open for years to come. That, and the 6-foot Jamaican model/servers, who might not be the most attentive, but certainly add to the Carribean vibes. ‘Ya Heard?
132 w. Houston St.
New York, NY