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Where to go for Cajun?

sasicka Aug 21, 2009 04:18 AM

I'm visiting NYC in about a week's time for a few days and I am looking for a seriously good cajun restaurant. I like: big flavours, high quality of food, casual atmosphere. I don't like: paying more than 40$ for entrees, location outside of Manhattan, extreme noise and crowd. I does not even have to be authentic, fusion or "NYC cajun" is ok, the food must taste heavenly though :-) Good coctails are a plus, as is UWS or west midtown location (will be staying at Columbus Circle.) Thank you very much for your help!

  1. Adrienne Aug 22, 2009 06:07 AM

    I agree with posters above that if you've ever lived in Louisiana there is no Cajun food in NY (I just moved back after 3 years in New Orleans), but I think Great Jones is what you're looking for - it has the right vibe, is casual, inexpensive, and tasty.

    1. BrookBoy Aug 22, 2009 12:16 AM

      You might pop in at Delta Grill, located on the corner of 48th and 9th, which is a relatively short walk from Columbus Circle. Their prices are in line with your budget, and the place is casual and inviting.

      Whether or not the food is up to your standards would be a decision you should make. Maybe you can drop in for lunch or for a beer and appetizer to scope out the place, see how you like it.

      One other thing to keep in mind is that they get filled up in the evening with the theater crowd, so later might be better. Here's a link to their website:

      http://thedeltagrill.com/

      1. guttergourmet Aug 21, 2009 08:57 AM

        Mara's Homemade. A cajun respite from Curry Row on east 6th.

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          Ann900 Aug 21, 2009 08:37 AM

          Shark Bar on Amsterdam and 74th is a place I've mentioned many times on this board. terrific Cajun and soul food -certaintly head and shouldars above Mara's or Acme and far better than Natchez or Bayou ever was.. Very comfortable and laid-back. Been there for years - check out the menu on www.menupages.com. and enjoy!

          1. JungMann Aug 21, 2009 08:05 AM

            Pretty much your only choice is my kitchen. I haven't encountered any good cajun in NYC.

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              lisabnyc Aug 21, 2009 08:28 AM

              agreed. natchez was the only thing that came close a few years ago. if you find something, let us know!

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              small h Aug 21, 2009 07:26 AM

              I enjoy Acme Bar & Grill. Not fantastic, but decent enough. And a fun place to spend a few hours.

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                Blumie Aug 21, 2009 07:02 AM

                If you want decent cajun food, you need to go to New Orleans or (better yet) southwest Louisiana. You will not find it in New York. If you insist on trying, go to Great Jones Cafe or Mara's Homemade, both very casual and inexpensive places in the Village.

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                  ExFlexitarian Aug 21, 2009 07:15 AM

                  2nding Great Jones. It's decent, but not great. Certainly better than Mara's or Delta Grill

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                    NYJewboy Aug 21, 2009 06:05 PM

                    I cannot begin to recite the litany of reasons why Mara's Homemade is awful. I guess you will just have to accept my verdict: its terrible.

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                    chachalicious Aug 21, 2009 06:45 AM

                    I hope you get some answers... Good Cajun is something I have yet to encounter in NYC.

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