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

Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.3
4.3
103 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 45 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Hibiscus Poached Pear Salad$15.00

    mixed greens, candy pecans, goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette

    • Bread Fruit Tacos$16.00

      ackee & saltfish bread fruit shaped tacos

      • Coco Bread Lamb Sliders$18.00

        coco bread, ackee tartar sauce

        • Scallops$22.00

          "ting" escovitch, pimiento pumpkin puree

          • Wings$15.00

            in-house jerk sauce, honey appleton rum glaze

            • Duck Satays$16.00

              mango pineapple rum marinade

              • Peppered Tiger Prawns$22.00

                scotch bonnet pepper broth

                Entrees

                • Chilean Seabass$26.00

                  pan seared, lemon scotch bonnet butter caper sauce

                  • Chicken and Waffles$22.00

                    red stripe batter; waffle choices: guinness stout spiced buns or bailey's rum raisin

                    • Curry Oxtail$24.00

                      coconut curry, butter beans, spinnas

                      • Hibiscus Glazed Lamb$26.00

                        french cut lamb, hibiscus flower glaze

                        • Escovitch Fish$25.00

                          deep fried whole branzino, herbs and spices, pickled veggies

                          • Jerk Chicken$24.00

                            24 hour marinade, jerk brine

                            Vegetarian

                            • Beyond Burger$19.00

                              jerk sauce, pickled mangos and pineapple

                              • Sautéed Jack Fruit$16.00

                                peppers and plantains, garlic white wine sauce

                                • Plantain Gnocchi$18.00

                                  homemade coconut milk gnocchi, veggies

                                  • Escovitch Vegan Fish$24.00

                                    fried vegan fish, spicy pickled veggies

                                    • Coconut Curry Okra$18.00

                                      pumpkin, coconut curry, fried bread fruit

                                      Sides

                                      • Rice and Peas$6.00

                                        • Sauteed Calalloo$8.00

                                          • Mac and Cheese$10.00

                                            • Festival$7.00

                                              • Lobster Mac$13.00

                                                Desserts

                                                • Carrot Cake$10.00

                                                  appleton sauce

                                                  • Bread Pudding$10.00

                                                    rum-infused

                                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                    What 103 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                    4.3
                                                    4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.3Food
                                                    • 4.2Service
                                                    • 4.3Ambience
                                                    • 4.3Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                    Loved For

                                                    • New York / Tri-State Area

                                                      Caribbean

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                                                    1. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service3ambience4

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

                                                    2. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                      overall4food5service1ambience4

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

                                                    3. 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!

                                                    4. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always a pleasure.

                                                    5. 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.

                                                    6. 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.

                                                    7. 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.

                                                    8. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Good service, savory food.

                                                    9. 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

                                                    10. DS

                                                      DeeannaS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    11. 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.

                                                    12. 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.

                                                    13. 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.

                                                    14. 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.

                                                    15. 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.

                                                    16. 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.

                                                    17. 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

                                                    18. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Customer service was great

                                                    19. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 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.

                                                    20. 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.

                                                    21. 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.

                                                    22. 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.

                                                    23. 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.

                                                    24. 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.

                                                    25. 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

                                                    26. 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.

                                                    27. 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.

                                                    28. 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!

                                                    29. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                      Food was good, but the drinks are the best I would def be returning

                                                    30. AD

                                                      ADARNAD

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                      overall2food4service1ambience5

                                                      Service was horrible. They did not have a few items on the menu that we tried to order. And according to the waitress they did not have salt or sugar. Insane!!

                                                    31. Z

                                                      Zawadie1

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                      At the outset, I would like to say it’s a nice chill spot but is very small! The service, food and drinks were amazing. I would definitely recommend but do not get misled by the pictures online.

                                                    32. AJ

                                                      ArleneJ

                                                      New York Area

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Soooooo good! We loved everything we ate. Boyfriend had the curried oxtails ( the rice was perfect. The oxtails well seasoned and delectable). I had the tasty escovich parrot fish. Our cocktails were delicious and contained a fair amount of rum. Our server was a doll and the rest of the staff polite and cool. My only complaint is that I didn't see any Dennis Brown albums among the dozens that plastered the wall.

                                                    33. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was an amazing experience. We loved it! 😊👍🏽

                                                    34. DA

                                                      DaniellaA

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                      overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                      Reservation was at 930 and didn’t get seated until 1030. Not very Covid safe. Food was pretty good though

                                                    35. MG

                                                      MichaelG

                                                      New York Area

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A very cute restaurant, with a Caribbean feel. Food and drinks are worth it. The Bartender and the owner are awesome

                                                    36. FP

                                                      FrancineP

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                      overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                      Ambiance and service were good. The food and drinks were mediocre at best. Very disappointing.

                                                    37. NM

                                                      NinaM

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Felt at home on a Friday night with good food, music and great energy. The waiter was attentive and the drinks were great

                                                    38. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great place

                                                    39. E

                                                      Eclectictastes

                                                      Western NC

                                                      91 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      91 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 27, 2022

                                                      overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                      This might be worth a shot. the food was welcomed but under seasoned. the Escovithe fish lacked the vinegar tang that is the highlight of the dish. the rice and peas needed seasoning as well. the night I went they were completely out of white wine and the only red was weak. so I asked for a Red Stripe and they were out of that as well. Not good for a Jamaican place.

                                                    40. AB

                                                      AriBella

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      We had to wait a little while to get seated even though we had a reservation, but the food was so delicious! The music was my favorite part of the night also.

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                                                    Omar's Kitchen and Rum Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

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                                                    Booked 45 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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