Get a taste of N'Awlins at these NYC spots, serving Cajun dishes like gumbo, po' boys, and crawfish boils.
This East Village Southern gem serves up a spicy, hearty duck and andouille sausage gumbo topped with Carolina rice (available in a small bowl for $10 or a large bowl for $16).
At this LES hotspot, crabs, lobsters, crawfish, and the like are boiled, tossed in plastic bags with butter and Old Bay seasoning, and served at picnic-style communal tables - with Abita beer to wash everything down, natch.
You'll find everything from po' boys to boudin balls to crawfish etouffee at this Astoria Cajun-Creole joint, where the funky, kitschy decor makes every day feel like Mardi Gras. Make sure to try a cup of brandy milk punch (just $6.50!) for the true N'Awlins experience.
This longtime Village spot specializes in stick-to-your-bones Cajun favorites like cornmeal-fried oysters, blackened chicken, and Louisiana jambalaya with cornbread. Brunch is also available, with dishes like the Crescent City Smothered Eggs, which come drenched in sausage gravy.
In addition to the Southwestern chow served at its West Village sister restaurant, this FiDi spot offers some Louisiana classics, including po' boys, crawfish salad sandwiches, and Gulf Coast Gumbo.
This newcomer puts a new spin on Cajun food with dishes like crispy alligator served with chili aioli and the Spicy Wild Gulf Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($28), served over cheesy grits.