There’s probably no such thing as “enough” places serving good New Orleans-inspired food in NYC, but at this point, it’s clear that we’re not even close. One solid addition, though, is Parish. This bar on the LES serves things like gumbo, jambalaya, and po’ boys, along with a massive, very good muffuletta (even the half-size is really big). Come during Happy Hour (weekdays until 8pm) for some $4 beers and discounted food, or get a booth with a group and drink some cocktails before checking out the DJ in the room in the back.
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Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden
Located on the roof patio at the Thompson Hotel on the Lower East Side, hit Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden with a group for beer slushies and ping pong.
Patacon Pisao is a tiny spot on the LES serving Venezuelan street food such as patacons (sandwiches with plantain discs in place of bread).
Arancini Bros in Essex Market sells and packages sweet and savory deep-fried rice balls in egg cartons.
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Kiki’s Grill & Rotisserie
Kiki’s Grill is across the street from Kiki’s on the Lower East Side and serves a very similar menu of Greek food, but with much shorter waits.
Like its other two locations, the Flatiron Barcade has retro arcade games, beer, and people who are psyched to be playing Simpsons pinball.
Brooklyn Tap House
Brooklyn Tap House is a sports bar in Bed-Stuy that has over 40 beers on tap, plus a big backyard.
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Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
Bar Goto is a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar on the LES where you can get a martini with a lotus blossom and some top-notch bar snacks.
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