Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.2
59 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean
Omar's kitchen is a Nouveau Caribbean restaurant in the heart of the lower east side where the food scene is blooming. Chef Omar takes dishes of his native Jamaica and delivers it with a New York twist. Omar's cuisine boosts in flavor, color and warmth. Let's not forget about the design that will take you right back to your last vacation in the islands and every time you feel nostalgic, you can just visit Omar's and sip on a coconut daiquiri.
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TessaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love my waiter. He did an awesome job explaining the menu and recommendations.
The wait was a bit longer than expected because i made reservations but I’m glad that didn’t deter me from dining. All and all, i would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, drinks ambience and service! Will definitely return!

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KimmiV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our absolute Favorite spot in the city! It feels like home they went out of there way to ensure my little sister enjoyed her 23rd birthday! It was a really cold day they gave us complimentary soup that was so good! We will definitely be back soon !

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Kashbodybar
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the entertainment n the staff friendly and helpful, love the jerk chicken that’s my favorite, the food was prefect drinks was awesome .. go and enjoy

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DeeDow
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ambience reminds me of Yaad. Great food, music and unwatered down drinks.

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Kevtheruler105
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t let use sit down when we had a 10pm reservation said all the food done smh

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MikeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Food and music was on point. Definitely will return during the warmer season.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the drinks were perfect. The service was amazing as well

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Karenv
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much can’t wait to go again. The food was great, the drinks and the music!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was AMAZING. Bartender was very nice and worked the room introducing himself to each table and even offered us shots at the end. Our server however was super rude from the time we sat down, she kept rushing us to order. Was very short and dry. Then when i asked if i could place another order to-go she laughed in my face because the kitchen was closed. Very weird. My friend said she overheard her at the bar yelling about how she wasn’t getting tipped. Besides our server everything else was 10/10.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service.

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Roadhouse123
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The wait was an 1 hr and 30 min. The food was horrible. I honestly have never said that in my life, but it is true. Jamaican restaurant and no Jamaicans in the kitchen. See for yourself. Just horrible.

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viptheressw
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It’s cute, authentic music. The drink was the best part! Would go back for drinks only. The food isn’t worth it. Ordered oxtail and it had so much fat you couldn’t get enjoy it. Mac and cheese also wasn’t good. Pistachio cheesecake was great tho!

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Rah14
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, drink and ambiance was perfect!! First time coming, but won’t be my last.

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SaaD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

You will enjoy your time here this is popping place glad to see more Caribbean culture in manhattan

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining here food is delicious and service is great.

JR
JamaicanRB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Flavorful food, great ambience and exotic cocktails. However, the service was below par.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend for a sweetest day dinner. We enjoyed the food and music.

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Yoli
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

They don't follow through with reservations. Mine was canceled 15 mins before coming. Called them to be put on the waiting list was told I was the fist one to be seated. I was not. I ened up leaving. They are very unorganized cute spot but better off ordering to go or not find at all. They really need to do better

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SoulSista
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Oh you gotta go try the food. It's delicious. FOR REAL.
Any bad reviews you read are from people who expect the food to taste like ...

IT'S BETTER THAN THAT!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The oxtail was very salty. The mac and cheese wasnt tasty. The chicken was burnt.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great, ambiance was perfect! Felt like I was in Jamaica for a min!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decided to go here last minute and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was great!

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VVasquez
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I think I went into this place which TOO high of expectations because wow I left feeling so underwhelmed. Spent about 2.5 hours at this establishment and that was ONLY because everything took so LONG and there weren't that many people there.

To start I ordered their famous rum punch. I tasted absolutely no alcohol in it. Just tasted like a fruit juice. BORING!

My date and I decided to share an appetizer, the shredded curry goat roti on flatbread. After about 20 min they told us they had no more goat and instead would put curry shrimp. We agreed and said that's fine. We both ordered the curry shrimp in plantain gnocchi Rasta pasta and that came out before the appetizer. They then told us there was no more flatbread!! So they will take if off our bill.. let down. (This was about an hour in. Maybe more)

Ok fine. Everyone who eats Rasta pasta knows it's supposed to be a little spicy... nope no spice and portion EXTREMELY small. Left us still hungry. Shrimp was big but their was about 10 gnocchi pieces in there. So we decided to order dessert.

We ordered the carrot cake with splash of Appleton. Without exaggeration we waited approximately 45 min for this. I became so inpatient I told them forget just please bring the check. The guy said "their putting sugar on it now" and walked away while I was still talking. Brought the carrot cake and it was black on top from being BURNT! We couldn't even finish it even though we were hungry. They then also explained they make it from scratch which is why it took so long! They could of said that when we ordered or at least checked in once while we waited to tell us. Instead they avoided all contact until I flagged someone down to cancel it.

The ONLY good parts.. the place is cute. Menus are on old records. & the host was nice, even though she didn't check in with us often.

Will never return. Was hoping to love this place. Such a let down.

OH! & we got the check and the flatbread was still on it. Thank god we reviewed the check

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Tamers
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Brunch menu was different from online Brunch menu.The food was awesome still!Hostess was Amazing! Waiter was not good. He was not very accommodating when asking about menu items he was unaware of what we previously saw online and was very short. Other than that it was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, vibe and service. I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a vibe, love the intimate space and atmosphere. Definitely going back!

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Returningdiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omar’s Kitchen was amazing!

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JenelW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service, food and ambiance was above my expectation keep providing high quality services to your customers.🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 My girls are still talking about your carrot cake and the food. Gratitude 🙏🏽 is a must Omar bringing out the Jamaica food culture with a lot of mmmm flavor.

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Sadi
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly workers. Extremely nice people who were knowledgeable about the food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great hidden gem...,

Wings Rum punch are a must!!!!
If you like spice the lamb sliders are a perfect choice, ughhhh everything was sooooooo good I ate it all before I could remember taking pics for the gram lol

For my entree I had the sea bass. It was AMAZING, huge cut cooked to perfection. For the sides I had the lobster Mac and bummed my friend fried plantains all night ;)

Can’t wait to go back!!!


Can’t wait to go back

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kimw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope atmosphere amazing food and drinks! Will definitely be back perfect date nite spot!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was so good. I will definitely go back

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Sexyneeli
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Came here for dinner on feb 22,2020 . My reservation was for 6:30pm but because of traffic I didn’t get to the establishment until 7pm. My sister and I walked into the restaurant gave the name that the reservation was made under and we were told our table was giving away . So we said ok and we were told that we would have to be put on the waitlist . My sister and I said ok and that’s when we were told that our wait time was an hour and an half . We said that’s ok and declined to stay . The part that left a bad taste in my sister and I mouth was that the establishment had about 10 people in there . They had so may empty tables plus no one was in there waiting to be seated . So why was the wait one and a half hours ? The hostess never even asked if we wanted to eat at the bar where it was empty also . We really wanted to eat that restaurant but after this I do t think we will be back .

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great and our server was great. Downside they had the ac on.... yikes

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Alcooke0501
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased with our experience at Omar's. I had a party of 6. We were seated immediately by friendly waitstaff. The Rum Punch was so good and had a nice spicy kick to it. The chicken wing appetizers were well seasoned and juicy. I ordered the escovitch fish which was delicious. My husband had oxtails, friends had jerk chicken and the Chilean sea bass. All were very happy with their choices. The portions are a bit tiny especially the sea bass but everything was extremely tasty. The restaurant is small and was very crowded so the seating was tight. Plan to get very cozy with your neighbor! Will definitely try to get back to Omar's the next time I'm in town!

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DeliaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! The owner, Omar, was cooking and it was delicious! We will def be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Omar’s Kitchen was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was so excited for my reservation at 7pm; only to be texted at 7pm to request I come in at 8pm. Frustrated as I was a block away, I accommodated the request by getting a drink nearby. I was then texted at 7:25 to “come now”. With an open bar tab, I said I could be there at 7:35 only to be told keep my new time of 8pm guaranteed. I arrived at 8pm only to find my table not ready and expectation for me to wait further. There were no accommodations or apologies made for the inconvenience or lack of professionalism. I left; texted at 9:30 to express my disappointment. It is my hope that their professionalism and customer service improves. It was a bad night and mishandled.

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Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.