Downtown Manhattan is seriously lacking in Caribbean pastry shops. This may not mean much to some, but other people don’t want to have to hop the train to Flatbush just for a snack. Luckily for that second group, Miss Lily’s Variety (130 West Houston Street; 646-588-5375) now has the downtown patty front covered.
We haven’t been super wild about the food at Miss Lily’s in the past, but a few months ago, the restaurant expanded to include a juice bar and a bakery that serves top-notch patties ($4) stuffed with ground beef, curried chicken, and callaloo and potatoes. With its moist, spicy filling, the ground beef patty is a solid choice. Downing this slightly greasy, flaky patty along with a cold Red Stripe is one of the best things you can possibly do to unwind after a hard day’s work.