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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The Bun Hut
This casual spot on the LES serves curry goat roti, coconut shrimp bao, and plenty of other Caribbean dishes you want to order tonight.
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Paul’s Daughter is a counter-service spot on the boardwalk in Coney Island that has everything from lobster rolls to soft serve.
Bravest on 38th
Bravest on 38th is the only fireman-themed and fireman-occupied bar in Gramercy. And probably the whole city.
The Meatball Shop Chelsea
Reliable, delicious, and full of balls. If there’s not at Meatball Shop near you already, there will be soon. This thing is about to go full Shake Shack.
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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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