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Hey, what's the story with "Cooking with Jazz?"

gaijingirl Mar 3, 2007 02:25 PM

It used to be my husband's and my favorite Cajun restaurant (and one of our preferred places overall.) I know the location in Queens closed down, but I understand that they're trying to find a new location? (I still dream--occasionally--about the pecan encrusted salmon.) If anyone knows the status, please chime in! (My husband has since latched onto Mara's - which I just find overpriced and not-so-great.) I want CWJ back!!!

Thanks for any infor,


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  1. byrd RE: gaijingirl Mar 4, 2007 03:28 AM

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      j.ey2 RE: gaijingirl Mar 4, 2007 07:51 AM

      I couldn't believe it when I read your post. My husband and I loved that restaurant. We used to drive from Brooklyn, and took all our favorite people there. How I wish they would open up in Park Slope. (Hint, Hint).

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        gaijingirl RE: gaijingirl Mar 4, 2007 12:34 PM

        :)))) I know - I'm really crushed. Its been out of business now for awhile...at least a year if not more. BUUUUUTTT, I've put myself on the mailing list, and can only keep my fingers crossed that they find a new location soon!

        1. Gregory500 RE: gaijingirl Mar 4, 2007 07:16 PM

          That was one restaurant I did not like. First it was very expensive especially for the area it was in. I also did not like the atmosphere of the place itself. The owner jammed as many tables and chairs as he could. I always felt uncomfortable dining there.

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            Etnea RE: Gregory500 Jul 19, 2008 12:44 PM

            Especially for the area? I hear this all the time. Let me put something out there, do you think that passionless food/restaurant people head all the way out to ----where ever--- so they can shake people down? No, those people usually head to MePa or SoHo and, darn it, no one seems to complain!!!!!!

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              Gregory500 RE: Etnea Jul 21, 2008 12:07 PM

              The rent is more expensive in SOHO than it is in Whitestone.

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            j.ey2 RE: gaijingirl Mar 4, 2007 07:29 PM

            You might be confusing Cooking With Jazz with another restaurant. It was absolutely not expensive. And the early bird special was incredibly not expensive. The quality of the food and the atmosphere was worth so much more than what the food cost. I can only imagine that you have it confused with another restaurant.

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              Gregory500 RE: j.ey2 Mar 5, 2007 05:25 AM

              No I'm not confused. This is the same restaurant that charged $28 for a steak. This is also the same restaurant that sat people on top of each other. The owner thought he was in Manhattan.

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              gaijingirl RE: gaijingirl Mar 5, 2007 07:49 PM

              Gregory -

              No, I think you're right. I do remember that tables at CWJ were always quite packed.

              Nonetheless, I personally found the food spectacular...one of the best several dining experiences I've had... (Well, that and the bread pudding souffle at Commander's Palace...)

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                Gregory500 RE: gaijingirl Mar 5, 2007 07:55 PM

                I wonder why they have been closed for so long? I don't think he was able to attract the " city" crowd just Queens.

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                jmax RE: gaijingirl Jul 21, 2008 07:23 PM

                Does anyone know what chef steve is doing? Does he work at as a chef anymore or has he tried another profession.

                I took a cooking class with him years ago - I had a great time.

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                  Gregory500 RE: jmax Jul 23, 2008 07:42 PM

                  I have heard that the restaurant in Whitestone was in arrears at the time it closed and that unfortunately he has changed professions.

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                    NYJewboy RE: Gregory500 Jul 24, 2008 08:13 AM

                    I heard it was a landlord dispute. If chef Steve changed professions we have had a tragic loss. There is NOTHING around like that place. My wife and I loved it.

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                      PaMa RE: NYJewboy Jul 24, 2008 06:40 PM

                      I also took a cooking class with Chef Steve years ago. I ran into him in a pizzeria in Whitestone. He is now working as a food service manager or director at Northshore or LIJ. My husband and I live in Whitestone and ate at his resturant at least once a month for eight years since it was walking distance. It was landlord dispute because the place is now converted into a dry cleaner.

                      We received his newsletter and he mentioned he tried to get the space now occupied by Il Vesuvio on 149th Street. The landlord at the Il Vesuvio space were under the impression that Steve ran a club/restaurant because of the band. When he lost that space he just mentioned he needed a break.

                      We went to his resturant every week the last month before his closing. We always went on a Tuesday or Wednesday around 6 o'clock and the restaurant was always packed. It was not in arrear as mentioned.

                      I know his prices are higher then those others in Whitestone but not those of Bayside. Chef Steve actually worked for for Paul Prudhomme. You can't get more authentic Cajun then that. Most of his stuff does not come off a Conagra truck. He imports a lot of his stuff directly from New Orleans, such as shrimp and crab meat. So yeah the prices are higher but if the food taste great, its worth it.

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                  dascook RE: gaijingirl Dec 17, 2011 01:04 PM

                  They are open the are now in Jamaica Estates. www.cwj.net

                  Cooking with Jazz
                  179-22 Union Turnpike, New York, NY 11366

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