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Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar, New York, NY

Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.1
4.1
115 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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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (646) 866-6993

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Omar Walters

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 115 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Caribbean

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  1. AF

    AspiringFoodie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    I chose to visit this restaurant in honor of June being Caribbean Heritage Month but my overall dining experience was just okay. The menu on the website and the menu at the restaurant were different so items I thought my friend and I would have been able to try were not available. This was quite a disappointment as my friend is vegan and they only had one vegan meal available. The Escoveitch fish, which I ordered, was okay. It definitely needed a little more seasoning, though the size of the fish was appropriate for the price. The festival and plantain sides were both delicious. The service was fine. Our server was very attentive and we appreciated that. The music, which was basically dancehall, was too loud to really have a good conversation. I would suggest for them to turn it down a notch since this is a dining establishment and not a nightclub. Given the experience, I'm not sure when I will be visiting again. I was hoping to love this place, but unfortunately I wasn't impressed.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was on 10. Soooo good, and portion size was alot for your money. I only wish it was a bigger place but besides that everything was real good.

  3. RM

    RMMmm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place to go before a show at Caveat. Loved all of the food. Didn’t try the rum drinks but will next time.

  4. CM

    CymraM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    I’ve been here a couple of times but something went wrong this time. The rice and peas was like white rice just dashed with peas, it had no flavor. The gnocchi in the curry shrimp dish was over cooked and mushy. The service was good, very friendly and accommodating and the drinks were good as well.

  5. W

    Watz

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    The waiter did not check in and provide a positive experience for me. I ordered a drink and never received it after asking about it 3 times. The waiter looked extensive under the influence of something and was not attentive. If I was to ever return, I do hope I have a better experience.

  6. CS

    CharlamarS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The food was ok, I’ve had better. The best thing was the fish cake and the drink honestly. I ordered lamb chops and Mac and cheese. Mac and cheese was dry no flavor, lamb had no flavor at all, it was bad. My boyfriend had the curry oxtails he said it tasted like beef stew, he loves oxtails but he picked over his meal, barely ate it. Maybe the chef had a bad day? I’m not sure but I was excited to finally go there but I was not impressed but the food at all. I doubt we ever got back.

  7. C

    Chantel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It was amazing 🤩 food is excellent. Menu was easy to pick from. It was dinner and a night club in one. The decor of the restaurant was reggae/dancehall vybz. Amazing for parties 🎈

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was served cold, the entrees lack flavor and were very bland. My friend and I ordered the escovitch fish with rice and peas the entrees were served immediately, the fish wasn’t freshly fried, the rice was dry and hard, I didn’t bother to eat it. The only thing that was blazing hot on our plates were the fried festivals. A second friend of mine ordered the oxtails, which came with rice and peas and a side salad. Her meal was served cold and flavorless. The drinks were weak too. A waste of my Friday night, we were so hype to try Omar’s kitchen, big disappointment and a waste of food because we left everything on the table.

  9. L

    Lina

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I had an amazing time. Definitely worth it! Would recommend

  10. TJ

    TraciJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Overall the experience was fine. I probably wouldn't go back. The hostess was friendly, but the waitress seemed like she couldn't be bothered. They were out of several menu items and while the food was good, I wouldn't pay that much to go back.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    I honestly think that Omar's is the best new Caribbean restaurant in the whole entire borough of Manhattan 👌🏾

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4

    Food was great but be prepared to wait long for your food and drinks to come out!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The space is really really small…..the food is good but not a variety of options on the menu for a Jamaican restaurant!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There’s one word to capture the whole experience @ Omar’s kitchen! TRASH!! The food, service, closet space called a restaurant.. overpriced weak drinks!! I would NEVER go back! Black businesses need to do better, then complain when they close.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was SPICY ASF but all in the amazing ways. The jerk chicken was fantastic even better the morning after. The oxtail was wow chefs kiss.

  17. LI

    LorettaI

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Been wanting to visit this restaurant since last year when I heard about it. I have to say it did not disappoint. It was my first time visiting as well. Starting off the service was good. Our food came on time aside from the appetizers which we didn’t get because our entrées came before it. I had the lamb chops and I enjoyed myself.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Good service, savory food.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food service music and vibe. A vibe colourful fun lovely service just an amazing overall.

  20. K

    Kiara

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Restaurant is very small but they have indoor seating. Even though I had a reservation, there was style a wait so we. opted to eat outside. Food and drinks were good. I'll definitely be back

  21. DS

    DeeannaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great as usual, drinks strong and atmosphere perfect.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love everything about this place. The food, the music, the ambiance of the place even though it is cramped and crowded, tells you how good the food is and people are willing to be jammed like that. The drinks were super strong, usually my husband and I order 2-3 drinks each when we go places but this time we could only handle one drink each. The food came out super hot and stayed hot as you ate it. The waiter was super attentive, checked on us every 15 minutes. I have nothing bad to say about this place. I will recommend it and will definitely be going back.

  23. JW

    JanelleW

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    Friday night NO PARKING in the area, I guess typical Friday night When DOT, Con Ed, construction blocking off all streets in the area, traffic backed up 8,9, 10 all night terrible location. I'm not PARKING my car 10 blocks just to walk over sorry. So I didn't get to go I gave up.

  24. J

    Jess

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Terrible experience and bad service. We had a reservation and were given the choice of either sitting outside or waiting one hour for a table inside. Did not want to sit outside, but we were hungry and didn’t want to wait the hour. However, it smelled like sh*t outside. Our table was obviously next to some garbage.We notified the staff and they made no effort to accommodate or get us another table. We went inside and noticed that a couple of tables become available, and instead of notifying us, they gave the table to someone else - a group of white women. Left us wondering if this was because we were Black? ANTI- BLACK ESTABLISHMENT. Very weird experience.

  25. DO

    DammyO

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1

    Food was rashly prepared. Wings were a mixture of dry with lots of sauce drenching it. As a resident of the bronx, both the curry oxtail and jerk chicken was lacking real jamaican flavor and taste. Returned the entrees and simply enjoyed drinks instead.

  26. ED

    EmmaD

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    I couldn’t wait to try this restaurant because not only did the food looked good, but I love the decor inside the place. I went during the weekend and it was busy of course. I was not impressed with the good overall. Both appetizers tasted like they’ve been sitting out for a while. The jerk wings tasted more like BBQ wings. The plantain and fish fritters were super hard to chew. They definitely were not fresh but the dipping sauce was tasty. The fish has good flavor.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I came here for a date night with my boyfriend and the entire evening was horrible. The place is overcrowded and the servers were nowhere in sight. And if they were you wouldn’t know because they have on the same attire as the customers. They have a dj playing obnoxiously loud music. You can barely speak to who you’re sitting beside. The drink menu is horrible. They had no ingredients to make anything that was on the menu. When I did choose a drink it was disgusting. The spicy plum or something. I don’t recall the exact name. I let them know I didn’t like the drink and instead wanted water but the bartender would not accept me wanting water. He instead came out with a completely new drink that still didn’t taste good. So they gave us shots on the house to compensate. I wish I was able to tell you about the food but my meal NEVER made it to the table. They served my boyfriend and another table. And twenty minutes later I’m still waiting for my food to come out. I kindly told them to keep the dish and take it off of my bill. Paid for the horrible service and went home. It was a complete waste. I’ll never go here again.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great. Drinks are strong. Great vibe, love the decor

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Customer service was great

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely love this place, every time I go the food is absolutely amazing . One drink does the job.

  31. T

    Tracy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    While small, I found the space to be intimate, with good vibes and music! The food was quite delicious. Minus the requests to move to other tables to accommodate larger parties, Omar and his staff were friendly and did their best to diffuse the inconvenience. That said, I would definitely return.

  32. E

    Eliana

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food was not authentic, the Mac and cheese was awful. They don’t have fries. The jerk chicken was pretty much spicy bbq. Definitely not what I expected. Super disappointed as I went for the food. The drinks were good.

  33. MM

    MMMich

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    This was a nice spot to enjoy a meal. I had shrimp doubles taco, tasted amazing and had me full. Still went for there fried fish dish. I watched it be prepared for someone else. I asked one of the managers would he prefer the fish or lamb. He said Fish and it didnt disappoint. I sat at the bar area. Its a bit small but I made myself at home. I came to eat food and did just that. Great place for a first date or outing with friends and it wont break the bank. Drinks are strong also.

  34. f

    fanneoflife

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    make a reservation, be on time and go to happy hour.

  35. DS

    DanielleS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Started off pretty annoyed because I had a 2:30 reservation and upon arrival was told by staff they were “running behind and wouldn’t open until 4pm.” My friends and I traveled far and still wanted to try the restaurant so we made a new reservation at the earliest time now available (4:30), which meant we had to kill two hours of time in NYC winter with hungry stomachs. We were honestly very disappointed by this part of the experience. When it came time to dine, the staff was otherwise very friendly and prompt. The appetizers were amazingly delicious (we had the rum glazed wings and fritters). The drinks were strong. Didn’t love the mac and cheese but the sorrel glazed lamb chops were good. I wouldn’t chance them for another brunch but I’d go back for dinner since I’m sure they’d be open.

  36. J

    Jonae1987

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    The food is not freshly prepared. The food was not tasty and we waited rather long for a seat. The bartender on the other hand was super nice.

  37. BL

    BrittanyL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is great love the curry oxtail

  38. C

    Chelle

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1

    The food and the cocktail I had was delicious and the serving size was very generous. However, the music was too loud, the space is very small and was at capacity so, the service was a bit slow. Seating is not comfortable at all. I recommend this restaurant for take out only.

  39. JH

    JHANNAJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    While the physical location is small indoors. The food & vibes were on POINT! There is nothing negative I can say.

  40. AR

    ArahR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The escovitch fish was delicious!! definitely try it!

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Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar

29A Clinton St New York, NY 10002

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Omar Walters

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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