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Jacques Imo's lost their lease =(

StellaArtois Oct 11, 2007 02:14 PM

I've had a lot of fond memories there with mardi gras celebrations to eating their yummy fried chicken. Apparently, their last night is Oct 20th. I'm so sad they're leaving!

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    Michael Ambrosio RE: StellaArtois Oct 12, 2007 02:02 PM

    This place never got the respect or traffic it deserved. Cajun/Creole doesn't do that well in Manhattan, it seems. And the fried chicken, though no match for the original in New Orleans, was excellent. Supposedly the ownership will be reopening with a similar menu under a different name in Long Island City. I wish them luck - they will need it.

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      guttergourmet RE: Michael Ambrosio Oct 12, 2007 02:11 PM

      Agreed on the chicken and I heard the same about LIC but why change the name?

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        Geo8rge RE: guttergourmet Oct 21, 2007 07:19 PM

        So where do you go now for similar fare?

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          nativeNYer RE: Geo8rge Oct 21, 2007 07:56 PM

          i am curious to hear where others go. i don't like delta grill at all.

        2. re: guttergourmet
          squirrelly_wrath RE: guttergourmet Oct 25, 2007 09:40 AM

          I have it on good authority that Jacques-Imo's will not be opening anywhere in NY in the foreseeable future. Maybe some folks who worked in the restaurant may open a place, but the owners won't be involved.

        3. re: Michael Ambrosio
          Miss Needle RE: Michael Ambrosio Oct 12, 2007 02:27 PM

          I haven't had their fried chicken there, but I've been pretty disappointed the three times I've been there. Didn't even come close to the one in New Orleans. When Jacques found out that I've been to the one in New Orleans, he actually apologized for the food.

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            Cpalms RE: Miss Needle Oct 12, 2007 03:25 PM

            The food is really mediocre there....it is considerably worse than the N.O. original which itself was not all that good...

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              fgf RE: Cpalms Oct 12, 2007 04:42 PM

              Exactly. It's a poor imitation of a mediosre N.O. restaurant. I'm actually glad it's going. I just hope the space doesn't become a bank or a Duane Read, because Jacques-Imo's sucks, but it's better than another bank or Duane Read.

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                nativeNYer RE: fgf Oct 12, 2007 09:02 PM

                ugh! never tried it but it added a unique touch to this nabe outside of the banks, cleaners, nail salons and duane reades. does anyone know if a restaurant is slated to open there?

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                  Daniel76 RE: fgf Oct 14, 2007 10:28 AM

                  The bloody mary's are good and its a lot better then that crappy restaurant thats on the opposite corner.. It certainly isnt amazing but, I can name 20 restaurants that should go before this one.

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