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The Top 10 Restaurants in Jamaica, Queens

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Updated: 9 February 2017
From hearty soul food to homemade Chinese dumplings, Jamaica, Queens, offers a variety of culinary delights with generous portions at much lower prices on average than can be seen in Manhattan or even other neighborhoods in the borough like Astoria. Here are some of the places found on the streets of Jamaica.

Spicy Lanka

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
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Spicy Lanka is a Sri Lankan spot that looks quite humble, but the food is something you can feast on without hesitation. The kothu roti is a beloved classic featuring a stack full of shredded flatbread, vegetables, and a main of your choosing. Other dishes you can try include the chicken biryani and deviled beef.

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O Lavrador

Restaurant, Bar, Portuguese, $$$
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Head on over to O Lavrador in South Jamaica for authentic Portuguese and Spanish eats in a cozy, Iberian space. Their specialty seafood dishes such as baked clams, shrimp in garlic sauce, and lobster dipped in champagne sauce are a must-try. There’s also a separate, full bar where you can watch sports while sipping sangria.
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Jamaican Flavors

Restaurant, Jamaican, Soul Food, $$$
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For quick, cheap Jamaican bites, Jamaican Flavors does the job. Try the beef patty, jerk chicken, and cocoa bread – all popular favorites – for that quintessential soul food experience. The restaurant also has some vegetarian options if meat is not part of your diet.
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Margherita Pizza

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Any neighborhood needs a go-to pizza place, and Margherita Pizza has been providing just that since 1966. The interior space is small, with only a few seats available, so it’s more of a take-out joint. The menu offers individual slices as well as full pizzas. Order a classic, or mix and match at your will.
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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway

Atmosphere:

Casual

Jennifer's Restaurant

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Conveniently located right next to the Parsons Blvd F stop, Jennifer’s Restaurant is an unassuming counter-serve Dominican/Latin restaurant offering hearty servings of pollo, Cuban sandwiches, and a full breakfast menu. For filling, inexpensive meals, Jennifer’s is a perfect spot.

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The Door

Restaurant, Jamaican, Soul Food, $$$
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For a classy, sit-down Jamaican restaurant experience, check out The Door. The interior is elegant, and the prices reflect that, but the food is plentiful and full of classic offerings like curried or jerked chicken, oxtail, and cornbread. There’s also a regular schedule of buffets, usually on weekends but sometimes on weekdays as well.
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Mon - Thu:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

The Fish Spot

Fish and Chip Shop, Seafood, $$$
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The Fish Spot is a casual, counter-service seafood venue on Jamaica Ave that serves dishes as well as sells ingredients you can use to cook at home. For on-the-spot meals, you can choose your own fish, vegetables, and seasoning. Don’t forget to bring cash.
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Beijing Dumpling House

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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To get your dumpling fix in Jamaica, try the pork and chive dumplings at Beijing Dumpling House. You can also get the Dan Dan Mein and wonton soup at an affordable price. Combo meals are available for those who’d like to taste a bit of everything, and seating is available in the back room.

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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

A-Churrasqueira Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Portuguese, $$$
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An authentic Portuguese steakhouse, A-Churrasqueira has a relaxed vibe with spacious seating and a full bar where you can watch sports. Grilled meat is their specialty, but there’s also a tasty seafood selection. Be sure to try their sangria or a bottle of Portuguese wine to complement the meal.
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Vibes

Restaurant, Bar, North American, $$$
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Vibes is decidedly country, and the breakfast menu is classic Southern. Try the chicken and waffles or the Southern fried chicken fingers. In the evenings, go to the lounge to enjoy some events and drinks. For brunch aficionados, the restaurant offers Sunday buffets.
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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Relaxed