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Jan 29, 2010 06:05 PM

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

I'm going to jazzFest in New orleans this year and (never having been there) want to do whatever food research I can in advance. Any good restaurants in the NYC area for such fare?

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  1. For some reason, good Cajun/NOLA restaurants do not thrive in NYC. The recently relocated Cooking With Jazz has gotten a lot of love on the Outer Boroughs board. It's in far out Queens. Stan's Place on Atlantic Ave in downtown Brooklyn is a lot closer, but it is pretty mediocre.

    1. Being from New Orleans, nothing up here compares. Wait until you are in New Orleans and sample some of the items . There are tons of posts on the New Orleans board regarding Jazz Fest foods, the food at the festival is better than any other festival of its kind I have ever been to. The folks over there, myself included will also give many recs on great places to eat from high end to hole in the walls for the best experience possible.

      What weekend are you heading down, we are going in for the second weekend.

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      1. re: roro1831

        Thanks! Yeah, I'm really looking forward to it. Wish I had a little more time--I'll be there the first weekend.

        1. re: rschwim

          That's right, didn't you post about playing there? Well, obviously there are tons of great restaurants in the downtown area, and I'm sure you may want to venture out at night to see some additional music as there are some incredible shows going on at night. If you want, email me and I can send you some good recs on local music as well as some lists that we have compiled for friends going down of our favorite places to eat that are not the typical places that are recommended.

        2. re: roro1831

          Having lived in N.O for several years, I agree that is is extremely difficult and almost impossible to get comparable food up here. I was just at Cooking with Jazz Friday night and it is IMO easily the most authentic. It does satisfy my cravings, but I certainly not would say it's very comparable. That being said I agree with Roro, plenty to read on the N.O board. Don't miss the crawfish monica lol. Your in for a treat enjoy!!!

          1. re: roro1831

            Roro, I completely agree. I've only been to NO once for Mardi Gras, probably 15 years ago, but the culinary memories are wonderful. While I've had one dish at this place or that which was comparable, it is very hard to find any place that has more than one dish that compares. Funniest thing about my trip to NO was that all the nice looking places had average food, but the dives, like a place called The Pearl had some of the best food I've ever tasted. Even the po'boys up here don't compare.

            1. re: jhopp217

              That's because you can't get anything resembling a poboy, a place may call it one but without the bread it isn't.

              1. re: roro1831

                DELTA GRILL @700 9th Avenue (48th St.) is quite good and highly recommended by southern folks who know and appreciate authentic Cajun food.

                1. re: MiFamilia

                  I've eaten at Delta Grill and thought it was pretty bad and not at all authentic. (The latter part doesn't trouble me nearly as much as the former!) And to be fair, this was based on a single visit, but I'm not inclined to go back.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    Although I am not a conossieur on Cajun food, I have gone there a number of times with people from Texas and New Orleans, and we have all been very satisfied every time.
                    Perhaps give it another try.

                    1. re: MiFamilia

                      Well, you don't have to be a connoisseur to know if something tastes good to you. I seem to recall, however, oversized portions of really heavy, gloppy food.

                      1. re: Blumie

                        I agree with you, Blumie.
                        However, someone who is from New Orleans would know if the food is the "real deal."
                        I, from the Bronx, thought
                        that the food was quite tasty, and the portions were huge.

          2. Where is he restaurant in Nyc.?

            1. Mara's Homemade was on E 6 St but relocated to two locations in Nassau County.

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              1. re: Motosport

                I haven't been to the Nassau County locations, but I always thought the Manhattan location of Mara's was decent -- not great, but decent -- and came closest to the flavors you'd find in Southwest Louisiana.

                There's a relatively new place (open perhaps a year or so) in Flatiron called Bo's Kitchen & Bar, on W. 26th between Broadway and 6th, that I'd describe as New Orleans influenced. It's not trying to be any more than that, but I think those familiar with the food of New Orleans will appreciate the influences. I find the food to be very good and like the relaxed vibe of the place. They have a great little bar area and a comfortable and casual dining room. And I find it's an easy reservation (unfortunately for them).

                1. re: Blumie

                  I got to know Mara and her family. I was impressed that she got her oysters, crawdads and crabs from Louisiana.
                  She is a NOLA transplant.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    I agree that she is a lovely person.

              2. There's also a popup at a bar in the East Village called Nawlins, I believe. Haven't tried it yet but have had a muffuletta craving for some time.

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                1. re: zbs

                  Thanks for the heads up. Here's the current menu: