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.

theBoil

SeafoodLower East Side
4.3
Food
3.4
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

The Redhead

Southern AmericanEast Village
4.3
Food
3.7
Decor
3.9
Service

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

CajunNoHo
4.1
Food
3.5
Decor
3.9
Service

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.

Sugar Freak

CreoleAstoria
4.1
Food
4.1
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

COWGIRL Sea-Horse

AmericanSouth Street Seaport
3.7
Food
3.6
Decor
3.7
Service

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.

Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room

Southern AmericanFlatiron

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.

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