9. The Islands
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Address: 803 Washington Ave.
What this tiny Jamaican restaurant off Eastern Parkway, near the Brooklyn Museum, lacks in space, it makes up for in gut-bombing decadence. The macaroni and cheese, served in massive, dripping hunks, stacks cheddar on breadcrumb on noodle, repeat ad nauseum. Other players in NYC's mac game may take a more delicate approach, drizzling in special oils, adding sophisticated ingredients like lobster, but the Islands demonstrates the power of, well, power. Smack a person in the face with enough cheese and butter, and they'll get happy.