Like a palm tree in a back yard, Caribbean cuisine provides virtual transportation to a warm, sunny vacation spot and yields enough coconuts to arm oneself against squirrels. Dine defensively with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a three-course dinner for two at Caribbean Soul in Brooklyn (up to a $49.85 value). The three courses include:
- One appetizer (up to a $10.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $14.95 value each)
- Two desserts (a $4.50 value each)
While weekly live performances of jazz, reggae, and R & B beats purr in the background, Caribbean Soul's servers tote dishes that fuse the culinary traditions of the West Indies and the American South. Smoked ribs, one of a diverse array of appetizers, bask in honey like a sleeping beekeeper before sparking appetites for the sprawling selection of entrees. Main courses, such as oxtail stew or chicken smothered in curry sauce, seamlessly meld exotic spicing and traditional comfort food concepts. Veggie-based mock chicken tags into dishes to pummel herbivorous appetites. All entrees share plate-space with a duo of sides, which keep diners from plate percussion practice with the muffling softness of options including bammy flatbread and candied yams.
Finish feasting with the Baileys espresso cake, slabs of yellow cake propped up with clouds of cream, or the Brooklyn blackout café, in which forks slide through layers of creamy dark-chocolate pudding and cake crumbs to unearth love letters from sugarplum fairies.