Coming Soon: The Infirmary Brings NOLA to the UES
By Anne Roderique Jones
October 14, 2013
A Creole/Cajun-focused bar and restaurant will be hitting the Upper East Side within a few weeks. James Cottingham, a onetime New Orleans resident who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and moved here in 2005, tells us that the story behind the name is a play on both the song "St. James Infirmary" (made famous by Louis Armstrong), and hospitality. “Whether your needed fix is a cocktail, craft beer, glass of wine, friendly conversation or a bowl of hot gumbo to warm the soul, this will be a place that one will come to be cared for,” he says.
While the bar will certainly be a place for Saints fans to gather, it's focusing on cocktails, with a Sazerac list featuring the classic version (made with rye, sugar, Herbsaint and Peychauds bitters) and a few fun variations, along with other NOLA standards. And the food's not an afterthought, either. Expect a small but thoughtful Creole and Cajun menu sporting oysters, alligator sausage sliders, Cajun pickled vegetables and andouille sausage with duck confit gumbo. 1720 Second Ave.