Chic Brooklyn Eatery Makes Upscale Jamaican Food For Diners Who Love Not Eating Jamaican Food
Brooklyn’s hottest new eatery is Crown Heights’ hip and happening Wicker & Pine, which is bringing authentic, upscale Jamaican cuisine to a neighborhood in desperate need of it. Chef Quinn de Bleecker has put such Jamaican standards as oxtail ragout, plantain millefeuille and torchon de foie gras with sauce gribiche on the menu in a space whose lively decor shouts out the rich cultural legacy of the area. Grab a Red Stripe and a table under the mural of Jeni Meyer-Pascal, who opened Crown Heights’ first dog-friendly bikram yoga studio all the way back in 2009, to enjoy the space to the full.
Perfect for diners who wish to say they ate Jamaican food without ever actually going into a restaurant not on Franklin Avenue, this new hot spot offers tastes for a range of palates, from the “Spicefree and Lovin’ It” to the “Spicefree But I’m Gonna Say Spicy To Make Myself Feel Better.” The menu is divided into the appropriately Jamaican sections of “Aperitifs,” “Plat Principaux” and “Desserts, Mon” but diners are free to choose a meal that satisfies all their cravings.
The restaurant debuted last month to rave reviews in Eater, Gothamist, and NYMag, and success shows no signs of stopping for the Wicker & Pine crew. “We have such a diverse clientele,” said general manager Elton von Peridot, “from art directors to junior art directors, bloggers to vloggers, we really do have it all.”