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Bushwick’s New Caribbean Restaurant Will Make You Feel Like Summer Never Ended

Codfish cakes with coconut ranch.

Yes, it’s now sweater weather in New York, but you can easily relive the glory days of summer at a new tropical-themed spot, Sally Roots. Matthew Maddy, James Freeman, and John De Piper — the co-owners of Sweet Science and Featherweight — have opened an all-day diner-like restaurant that serves akee and salt fish, jerk chicken, sweet plantains, and a Cuba Libre cocktail.

The name comes from a ‘60s-era Panamanian record label, Sally Ruth — (De Piper credits the change to a “little inebriated miscommunication”). Because Freeman grew up in St. Croix, he has a particular affinity for this kind of food, and De Piper claims that he comes from a long line of pirates, which Grub is not going to bother fact-checking. Maddy, meanwhile, is a James Beard–nominated restaurant designer, and that’s probably why the backyard already feels as perfectly lived-in and comforting as the food. Take a look:

Braised oxtail. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
Charred avocado with shrimp salad. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
Curried chicken. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
Jerk chicken. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
Sugar For My Honey: sorrel tea, beet, lemon, ginger, pearl liqueur, gin. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
Vacation vibes. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
A late-night menu is launching soon, but for now, you can still eat until midnight. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz
And the bar is open until at least 3 a.m. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz/Paul Wagtouicz

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Sally Roots, 195 Wyckoff Ave., (347) 425-0888

Sally Roots Will Make You Feel Like Summer Never Ended