Monday, March 28, 2011

RIGHT NOW - Island Thyme Grand Opening

(photo above via Nostrand Park, who posted this yesterday)

They've actually been open for a few weeks now, but Island Thyme (formerly Bristen's) is hosting a GRAND OPENING right now with free food and drink (the press release below says 8pm, but it's still going on as of five minutes ago). Nostrand Park reviewed their food awhile back, and everyone inside was enjoying their meals. More information on this event, which should have gone up yesterday, is below. I know that not everyone who comments here has been positive about their experience at past iterations of this restaurant, but by the looks of it, they're really making an effort. If you check this event out, or if you've been to Island Thyme already, let us know what you think!

Brooklyn, NY, March 28, 2011—ISLAND THYME CAFÉ ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING. Vibrant and eclectic West Indian restaurant awakens Franklin Ave Brooklyn, NY giving it a burst of flavor with an Island vibe.
Island Thyme’s festive and decorative dishes will entice all those in quest of scrumptious and exotic cuisines. The Café is located walking distance from the Brooklyn Public Library, Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Museum, not to mention convenient access to the Franklin Ave/Botanical Gardens subway station and shuttle.
Owner and Head-Chef, Carlene Haughton, a native Jamaican, fuses dishes from the entire Caribbean in hopes of giving guests the opportunity to explore the culinary diversity of the West Indies. Ms. Haughton, a graduate from the Institute of Culinary Education, dishes are inspired by her grandmothers’ cooking, “she taught me the importance of using real herbs when seasoning”. Mr. Paul from Berry Chow, South Africa, also operates island Thyme’s kitchen adding his spin on things.
The menu is filled with authentic West Indian dishes from jerk chicken to curried goat. Island Thyme features a Red Strip Pan Seared Chicken, pan-fried chicken slowly cooked with Jamaican Red Stripe Beer. The entrees range from $5-$15 with appetizers ranging from $3-$9. Non-meat eaters will love the vegetarian menu, ranging from $5-14, which includes a delicious Rasta Pasta meal. The Rasta Pasta is made up of tri-colored spiral pasta with broccoli, carrots and a house spicy sauce.
The restaurant also has an extensive Seafood menu from Jamaican classics such Ackee & Codish and Steamed Red Snapper Fillet to a Trinidadian inspired Shrimp Roti. The owner’s favorite dish is the Mussels and Prawn topped with a house coconut crème sauce. Guests can sip on beer and wine, or savory their entrees with made-to-order Carrot Juice, limeade, Sorrel, or ginger pineapple juice.
Island Thyme, located at 751 Franklin Avenue, will host a GRAND OPENING on Monday, March 28th, 2011, featuring a live band, complimentary appetizers and wine all afternoon.
The restaurant will be opened Tuesday through Sunday 9am-10pm. Brunch specials are held on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Lunch Specials are $5-$6 everyday from 11:30-4:30.
For press inquires contact Carlene Haughton at or 917.940.6713
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  1. I did a double-take walking down Franklin this evening when I noticed "everything free" written on the chalkboard sign announcing Island Thyme's grand opening. I of course stopped in and enjoyed several servings of the appetizers: jerk chicken, fried plantains, mac and cheese, toast with goat cheese, watermelon.

    The owners came by and explained what all the dishes were, and refilled my wine. The space has a great vibe, the owners are awesome, and the food was delicious. Slam dunk!

  2. Yes i had the jerk chicken and it was delicious. The curried goat is also a win win - a win for me because I like it and a win for my wallet because it was a large portion !

  3. In my experience this restaurant has been loud and disrespectful in the wee hours of the morning. They don't appear to understand that this is a residential neighborhood. I can't wait for Chavella's!!

  4. Went to Island Thyme for Sunday brunch and enjoyed coco bread french toast with mango syrup and grits with cheddar cheese.

    Both were tasty. Coco bread is traditionally chewy and some who have never tried it before may not like it as french toast (a little extra mango syrups helps).

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