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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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
The Polynesian is a tiki-themed rooftop cocktail bar in Midtown from the people behind Carbone and The Grill.
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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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