About Miss Lily's Restaurant
Imagine a meal at your favorite beach shack....welcome to Miss Lily's, a Caribbean oasis in the middle of downtown Manhattan. Located at 132 West Houston Street, this Jamaican style diner is the collaboration of Paul Salmon and Binn and Genc Jakupi. Salmon owns and runs the award-winning Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica as well as serving as one of the founding partners of Joe's Pub in Manhattan; the Jakupi brothers have been an integral part of New York City's most exclusive nightclubs including Bungalow 8, 1Oak, and The Box. Rounding out the powerhouse team is designer Serge Becker, who has put his aesthetic stamp on many cool downtown venues including La Esquina, Lure Fishbar and Cafe Select.
For this latest venture, the team has created a casual Caribbean outpost specializing in a modern approach to classic island cooking. Drawing from the diverse roots of Jamaican cuisine the kitchen offers delicacies like jerk chicken, escovitch fish, oxtail and curried goat seasoned with scotch bonnet peppers and fiery jerk spices. The sunny decor was inspired by the restaurants, fast food joints, hair salons, record shops, bakeries, etc. that serve the West Indian diaspora in Brooklyn. The interiors are colorful and cheerful: checkered floors, vinyl booths, and walls decked out with album covers spanning 50 years of Jamaican music history. In short, Miss Lily's is an island vacation in the middle of a busy city.
About Miss Lily’s Executive Chef
Leading the Miss Lily’s culinary team is Executive Chef Adam Schop, overseeing both the Soho and East Village locations. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1995, New York City native Adam Schop spent the next decade at celebrated restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona, including Michael’s at the Citadel and Restaurant Hapa, and honed his French techniques over four years as Chef de Cuisine at renowned Zinc Bistro. In 2006, Chef Schop moved to Chicago to work as Executive Chef at DeLaCosta alongside James Beard Award-winning Chef Douglas Rodriguez. He returned to NYC in 2008 to open Pan-Latin restaurant Nuela as Executive Chef and Partner, for which he was named StarChefs.com’s “New York Rising Star Chef” in 2011. In late 2012, restaurateur Stephen Starr tapped Chef Schop to be Executive Chef at his breakout Washington, D.C., brasserie Le Diplomate. Now at Miss Lily’s, Schop returns to his hometown with two decades of culinary experience and his long-standing passion for international cuisine, evident in his fresh, creative take on Jamaican fare.
About Miss Lily's Variety & Café and Melvin's Juice Box
Miss Lily's Variety is an expertly-curated, West Indian record store-themed gallery and boutique. Inspired by their memories of spending hours upon hours “nerding out” about music at record stores in their youth, two of the partners, Serge Becker and Matt Goias pay respectful tribute to the booming musical tradition of the Caribbean with a collector's paradise of rare and essential Jamaican vinyl. In addition to the hard-to-find wax, a major focus of the space is to celebrate and honor the rich and vibrant visual vocabulary of the West Indies with a stellar, borderline-obsessive selection of West Indian-inspired apparel, books, jewelry, and gifts. A rotating program of photography, art, and graphics exhibitions will each spawn associated books, prints, and shirts.
The front of Variety is home to Radio Lily, Miss Lily's internet radio station whose inaugural broadcast featured a performance by legendary reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. Reggae, mento, soca and ska beats keep the festive mood rolling helped by the always-friendly staff.
Connected to Miss Lily's Variety is Melvin's Juice Box, a casual, Jamaican patty bakery, organic juice bar, cafe, and take out annex to the famed Miss Lily's restaurant featuring downtown juicing legend Melvin Major Jr. A 20-year veteran of the fresh juice scene, Melvin has garnered a cult following with his amazing juices and always-sunny disposition at Greenwich Village's Lifethyme Market.
A portion of all Miss Lily's Variety sales go to the Rockhouse Foundation , a US registered charity that transforms the places where Jamaica's children learn and supports the people who teach them.