NoNo Kitchen report (long)
Passed by there tonight and noticed they were indeed serving dinner, so we checked it out. Seems like they have a partial menu (the menu was titled "getting our feet wet") but there were several appetizers and entrees. BYOB for now. They were about half full when we arrived (early, at 6:30) but packed by the time we left at 8. There were a few relatively minor service kinks--our food took rather too long to arrive--and they kept trying to give us orders that were for other tables---and we seemed to have three servers--never did figure out exactly who was truly our waiter...I'm not sure they knew either ;-)
But, the food was excellent! We started with "Jambalaya Wontons" which were three large fried pockets of a mixture of (I think) andouille, tasso, and maybe duck? Can't recall but it was delicious and came with a smokey, hot sort of chipotle remoulade which was so yummy that I wiped it all up with the cornbread (nice basket of rather large individual cornbreads--and we got a second basket while waiting for our long-delayed food.) We also had a cup of duck gumbo, which was yummy although not what I think of as gumbo (this was more brothy, but with lots of chunks of duck and cracklins, and some rice.)
For entrees, crawfish etouffee was delicious, it must have been a pound of crawfish in a rich and spicy etouffee sauce--huge portion! I couldn't finish it. Spouse had shrimp creole which was simple, but good with nice large shrimp and a tasty sauce (unlike the tiny, rather boring shrimp creole we recently had at Stan's Place.)
The mini-menu also included a bbq ribs which seemed really popular, we saw many of them going by our table, and it looked great, with sweet potato fries. Also a chicken, tasso, and andouille jambalaya, noted on the menu as "very spicy". Next time!
We were way too full to eat dessert--they had only key lime pie and bananas foster. Service was, as noted, a bit harried and confused BUT extremely friendly and they really were trying. Lots of busboys too and our water was refilled a zillion times. It was their first Friday night and they were mobbed, so we were not at all bothered.
I'm soooo happy to have some good Cajun/Creole cooking in the 'hood, hope it holds up! I wanted to ask about their full menu and when they would start it up, but it was just a bit too crazy. We will definitely be back. I just hope they will take reservations because it looks like it will be a very busy place...
oh p.s. this is in the space where the India House was, on 7th Ave off 7th Street.