Notable Dishes

NYC's Best Down-Home Cajun Dishes

Get a taste of N'Awlins at these NYC spots, serving Cajun dishes like gumbo, po' boys, and crawfish boils.

  • The Redhead
    • American
    • East Village
    Food
    23
    Decor
    16
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $41

    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).

  • Great Jones Cafe
    • Cajun
    • NoHo
    Food
    23
    Decor
    16
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $35

    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.

  • theBoil
    • Seafood
    • Lower East Side
    Food
    23
    Decor
    14
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $56

    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.

  • Sugar Freak
    • Creole
    • Astoria
    Food
    22
    Decor
    24
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $29

    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.

  • Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room
    • Southern American
    • Flatiron
    Food
    20
    Decor
    24
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $47

    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.

  • COWGIRL Sea-Horse
    • American
    • South Street Seaport
    Food
    18
    Decor
    18
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $33

    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.

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