Looks can be deceiving on Ponce de Leon in Midtown: that tall, decrepit high school-looking brick building is actually East City Hall, and that tall "brick house" lady prowling the street is actually hiding some wood in her frame. For a visually misleading resto hiding island-inspired eats, get thee to Entice A
Open after months of delays, Entice is a Caribbean seafood-n-tapas lounge whose unassuming strip-mallish exterior conceals a 150-seat interior with wrap-around cream leather couches, espresso-hued leather chairs, and a central, tempered glass/marble-topped bar that's shaped like a horseshoe, although they also considered hearts, stars, clovers, pots of gold, rainbows, and me lucky red balloons! The tapas attack begins with curried wings w/ mango salsa, pecan-crusted chicken fillets w/ sweet potato, and blackened tilapia, before ranging over to jerk chicken flatbread, sweet pepper shrimp & cheese grits, Guinness-marinated short ribs, and snapper escovitch w/ fried dumplings, which will eat themselves once they run out of Flaming Cheetos. If you enjoy food that used to swim, there's the Caribbean crispy fish salad or grilled jumbo sea scallops w/ mango rice; sides include garlic red potatoes w/ leeks, zucchini Parmesan pancakes, and Caribbean Ratatouille, the Pixar sequel that was way more awesome, since Billy Ocean did the entire soundtrack
Once the mayor approves their liquor license (c'mon, Kasim!!), you'll be able to brighten up your life with the "Caribbean Twilight" martini (dark rum, GranMa, lemon, bitters), Caipirinhas, tropical L.I. Teas, or the 1800/triple sec/Chambord/sour/cranberry "Bite the Berry" -- something you pray you don't end up doing after discovering just how mighty-mighty your brick house really is.