Jerk chicken is easy to make but if it’s done right, it hits you right in the soul. The simple ingredients combine to form a complex web of flavours so awe-inspiring, you might just find yourself going for another piece. The skin should be just the right amount of fatty and crispy, the meat equally flavourful and moist and the experience, just divine.
Jerk chicken can be enjoyed at any time of the day, just check the NYC bus time and walk into one of these amazing restaurants spread out all over the city.
Here’s a list of some of the best jerk chicken for you to enjoy in New York City:
Camille’s serves the best jerk sauce in all of New York City. There are no accompaniments apart from the sauce, just really really good, succulent chicken with a partially charred, caramelised exterior. The sauce starts off sugary and then brings up the heat dousing your mouth in fresh, fruity heat.
2. Sally’s Roots
Sally’s Roots is a Pan-Caribbean joint that is completely themed to the tropics. The cocktails here are amazing but the jerk chicken is the winner and is seasoned aggressively with their house seasoning which is a cacophony of flavours comprising of sweet, salty, floral and spicy. Ask for their Jerk ribs. Yes, you have that option here!
3. Errol’s Caribbean Bakery
Errol’s Caribbean Bakery brings you the classic jerk chicken, the same tender, falling-off-the-bone meat with a sort of sticky-salty and crisp skin. The sauce that accompanies is almost as fruity as the one at Camille’s but is thinner and harder on the throat, turning immediately spicy. Delicious, nonetheless.