The downtown flock colonized this buzzy Caribbean spot from the day it opened its doors, and it's been radiating heat ever since. But it’s not all scene and no substance. The gorgeous staff is warm and accommodating, and chef Bradford Thompson, a James Beard Award winner, brings real chops to Jamaica’s trademark dishes. Bypass standard-issue party grub like “jaquitos”—bland mini tacos—in favor of spicy, shell-on Middle Quarters pepper shrimp. Satisfying main courses, like remarkably tender goat curry and tasty but subdued jerk chicken, showcase Thompson’s knack for elevating island comfort foods. A rotating cast of cakes—which sit on a stand by the kitchen as if they were at a roadside diner—include a homey toasted-coconut variety slathered in sticky vanilla icing.