You’re hungry and restless. However, as you scroll through various dining databases on Yelp, Zagat, or Edible New York, you realize that despite the thousands of different dining options In Manhattan, none of them are really that unique.
Italian, Spanish Tapas, Lebanese, Modern America, etc- you’ve had it all in some vain…except Chinese Jamaican fusion cuisine!?!? You realize then that you must go the Lower East Side Spur Tree Lounge.
The Spur Tree is a diamond in the rough at its 76 Orchard Street location (a few blocks from the Grand Street D train station in the Lower East Side). Founded in 2008 by the self-described “Jamaican Globorati,” Sean John (no-relation to P-Diddy), this restaurant and after hours lounge is packed every weekend with food and reggae lovers lovers.
Spur Tree mouth watering appetizers which range from crusted sweet plantains in a sweet-n-sour sauce and Chinese dumplings, to ackee & saltfish bruchetta leads off a flavor packed menu. Their Jerk Lamb Chops are definitely one of the most brilliant dishes served south of 14th street, if not the island of Manhattan.
The Spur Tree lounge also possesses a wide array of imported and very reasonably priced selection of drinks. No where else in Manhattan can one get coconut water, tamarind juice, a sorreltini, 2 Red Stripes (imported), 2 Dragon Stouts (imported) for just a $50 drink tab.
Aside from its mind blowing food and exotic drink selection, it is the atmosphere that turns a great restaurant into a brand. Together, the rhythmic reggae and dancehall tunes, the amazingly thought provoking Asian and Jamaican artwork, and classic Loisaida pre-WII exposed brick work work to enhance the this one of a kind experience.
With solid food and drinks, great service, and an excellent atmosphere at Spur Tree, dining inthe Lower East Side just got got a lot more interesting.