Koten’s backyard is the backyard you’ll wish you and your friends had growing up. It’s equipped with a fire pit, strings of hanging flags, turf patches, and a swinging love seat. Come to this Caribbean spot in Elm Park for guava margaritas, juicy jerk chicken, and a big plate of island pasta - and make sure to follow Koten’s on Instagram, they sometimes post about live music nights and $5 drink specials.
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Where to go for regularly-scheduled live music outdoors.
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A classic New York City gem, still standing from a time when horse and buggies were bringing people here to drink. Eat the chicken club sandwich, drink a Stella from the tap, and imagine that you’re about to head off for a sweet vacation aboard the Titanic.
Conceived in the spirit of Little Owl, this is a tiny West Village restaurant perfectly engineered for surveying action while you eat. Dinner is generally better than brunch, but it's a nice place to dine any time of day.
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This casual spot on the LES serves curry goat roti, coconut shrimp bao, and plenty of other Caribbean dishes you want to order tonight.
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Peppa’s in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a counter-service Caribbean spot about a block from the park.
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